Donnerstag, 3. April 2014

Abandoned Painting 2014

After a long winter break - spring arrives and painting murals starts again ... Aris at work on our collaboration wall in the dark factory. Click on the foto to see the collaboration in higher resolution. Just a detail.

Mittwoch, 5. Februar 2014

Hidden Publics - publication

"Jens Besser is known for his extensive work as a graffiti artist. Many of his works can be seen while walking around Dresden, but he has left traces of his passage throughout the world. His photographic work is not as well known and is also based on graffiti. Some of his murals were created intentionally to be photographed, especially on sites to which spectators would not usually come,like abandoned houses. Photography allows the oft-transient graffiti to be preserved and documented. Many of his photographs are artworks in their own right. He integrates his interventions in buildings, on burned walls or train cars as compositional elements in them. Jens Besser also uses the special properties of the photographic medium: for example´, dark areas form a counterpoint to his colorful painting and so contribute to the meaning of the photo. Besser's wonderful graffiti works outdoors, the animal and human figures that Jens Besser evokes on the wall, in dialogue with the immediate environment and his own consciousness could be understood literally as "hidden publics". The areas of light and dark in his photographs can also elicit secret feelings, even fantasies." Text by Andrea Domesle. Published in Hidden Publics - exhibition catalogue. Publisher: Andrea Domesle & Walter Seidl , ISBN 978-3-9807388-4-2 , efau Verlag, Dresden The catalogue is available e.g. at riesa-efau Dresden .

Mittwoch, 8. Januar 2014

Taichung Timelapse

Thanx to the Goethe Institut Taipei, Goodot Village and Dr.Karsten Steinmetz I was invited to paint the facade of the former Honolulu Club in Taichung/Taiwan for Face Off art project. I had nice days there and would like say "Thanx a lot" to the whole Face Off crew. The place was incredibily nice. An old abandoned club in the middle of the old downtown. 5 minutes to Taichung mainstation and a lot scooters, cars and buses passing by. I really enjoyed to breathe the atmosphere while painting at this extremly crowed corner. Unfortunatly the Face Off project officially ends on january 12th, but the painting will be there in the future. Hopefully there will be more projects like Face Off in Taichung - the old downtown has lot's of places and space to fill up with experimental art.

Mittwoch, 11. Dezember 2013

From Görlitz to Taichung

This friday the international group show "coming from the yard - straight out Verschiebebahnhöfe" opens at Neun Görlitz. It's the first show in the european city of Görlitz/Zgorzelec that features a special part of contemporary urban art. Contemporary urban art which is connected to trains. In the City of Waggonbau Görlitz ( now Bombardier Transportation ) it surprises me a lot. I hope in the future we hear more of these specials from Görlitz.
After this opening I'm invited to paint a mural during the show "Face Off" in Taichung/Taiwan. Thanks to Dr. Karsten Steinmetz and Goethe Institut Taipei.

Montag, 2. Dezember 2013

"Travel Of Infinity"- Calender 2014

"Travel Of Infinity -2014 " ( pictures in better quality you can find here) is a silkscreen printed calender i printed this year. The calender is made of 8 sheet of differnt type of paper . The monthly sheets are printed on both sides. Edition of 30. Size 32cm x 50cm - price 150€ (plus shipping) available in Dresden @ Art&Form or via contact form

Freitag, 29. November 2013

Three murals for Abrisshaussession 2013

"Welcome 2 Utopia" was located at the entrance to this year edition of Abrisshaussession in Dresden. In abandoned buildings muralists can live the utopia of painting everything they like to paint. Without permissions. Without stress. Without borders. Last Mural in Germany of this years series "Train of Infnity".The infinite train blocks the way of "Handhaving - International". The dutch word "Handhaving" means in german "Ordnungsamt" or in english regulatory authority . These authorities usually criminalise painters in abandoned factories or stop paste up actions in public space. "A view from outside" was my last mural for Abrisshaussession 2013. In the middle of the work you see the weird "Saint Bureokrates" ( der herabgestiegeneParagraphenreiter ) . Attacked from the left by panic-ing masses and on the left a typical yard situation in a peacefull night. Size of each mural is 3m to 4m. To see more details of the works - click on the images.

Montag, 11. November 2013

Abrisshaussessions are back in 2013 !

Between 2005 and 2009 a series of unauthorized exhibitions took place in Dresden called - "Die Abrisshaussessions" ( abandoned buildung sessions)
2005 - NOKOPI AWARD -
2005 - totgesagte leben länger -
2005 - the pixelpunk was fucking your mind -
2007 - ... but sorry i have to leave earlier " -
2009 - Muralismo Morte Museum -

2013 the Abrisshaussessions are back. For one day an abandoned Factory in the area of Dresden is an open place for free art without bureaucratic borders.

The only way to get informations about this show is via E-mail - you can send me a request for this show via facebook or my contact form .
Above you see a first picture of our preparations.

Dienstag, 29. Oktober 2013

Shepard Fairey, Banksy and ....


This is something about "Nachhaltigkeit" ( engl - sustainability ). In 2005 I runned a small store for street art releated stuff called nokopi. One day a girl arrived in this store and asked for "No logo" - the guy, crew, whatever , who did some stuff in the streets of Barcelona. I told here:"I did some of these paste ups in Barcelona." She was really happy when i said these words. She planned to make a publication about street art in Barcelona during this times. But finally she realized there is much more to research about, if the publication should be good enough for her own standards. The book was never published - but Heike continued to reaserch about the field of street art. From time to time i met here - mostly by accident. The last time i saw here was at some art fair in Berlin about street art. I was there to present my book "muralismo morte". We had a lunch outside the fair and she told me about her results. It was really nice to see, there is somebody who continues to make deep researches in a really dfficult field for outsiders. I was one of the few artists who did not come from a metropolitan City Like Berlin, New York or London. I was the small "noname" from Dresden - who loves to explore the world and paint everywhere. 7 years later i see the results of her long period works - the book "Street Art Karrieren".

For me personally this is not another book about street art. It's in my eyes the first german (maybe worldwide) long term research about the connection of street art hype, art market and style/trademark of an artist. The book shows at its best how much art nowadays is related to a famous name / trademark and how much quality&ideas count (nearly nothing). For Heike I am maybe the artists who is the counterpart in the street-art-world for Banksy&Shepard Fairey. I studied at the academy fine arts, i'm not interested to sell artworks for the financial art market (If I sell my artworks i sell it to collectors & people how appreciate art and not to investment bankers who put my stuff in a bank safe, where nobody can see my stuff )
My main aim is to do public art. Art for the people. Art where I don't need to write concepts. Art where I dont't have to follow bureaucrats and co.
ART THAT HAS NO TRADEMARK. Art that is REALLY free.
Over the years i developed my own way to survive as a freelancer. A mixture of producing, teaching and making research. I traveled to different countries and met a lot,lot,lot active artists. I did murals all over. I printed a lot stuff with silk screen technique. But most of my works are still unpublished till now. I only put works on this blog - that follow a certain style. A style that i like to continue. I still produce a lot,lot,lot more stuff. Stuff that does not fit in here, because it's done for the public and only to be seen in public. And I better leave it to people like Heike to find out who does these works. Who is the "noname" artists who does this kind of scribbling, that kind of message or this type of logolike figure.
It's maybe more difficult to survive from art as an idealist in art ( to have a lot money makes some things a lot easier) But when things like the publishing of this book happen, it's one of the rare moments in my life when i feel: "I did something good in my life. I'm proud about my way".
That's why - THANX A LOT to Heike for her great research. And as i know she is again in a new reaserch project - GOOD LUCK for this and her whole future !!!!
And to finish this article with the beginning - this is a rare example of deep research in the field of street art and that's why it's "nachhaltig" ;)

Mittwoch, 11. September 2013

Untitled Work in Zittau

I painted this one last Sunday during "Tag des offenen Denkmals - Stadt.Als.Leinwand " at FreiraumZittau. I had a nice evening in a small town near two borders with a lots of friendly people - Thanks a lot Steffen for the invitation. Unfortunatly i didn't figure out a name. Even I don't like untitled works.

Kalkomat for Sichtbetong 2013

During this years edition of Sichtbetong I installed a slot machine to sell chalk ( 10ct each ) to people. The Machine is installed at the " Weisseritzgrünzug" - a path along the former way of a small river ( already changed in the beginning of the 20th century). Today you can find a small skatepark and a lot empty space along the path. The machine welcomes everbody to draw along the path - old and young people.

First results made by local art activsts :

Mittwoch, 4. September 2013

Path & Traveller

Path&Traveller is a mural painted in the yard of motorcycle - travellers near the river Weisseritz in Dresden. Thanks a lot to Jens F. for the invitation. To see the whole mural in good resolution check this photo A Video of the development of the work you can see here: watch the video in high resolution here

Freitag, 19. Juli 2013

Mural @ Mystique Magdeburg

Last week i finished a mural for Mystique. Within 4 days i covered the building in dark blue and sprayed all the details. It was hard work but I'm happy with the final result! Thanx a lot to the team of Mystique especially Karsten an Alex. Mystique is an huge artfestival in Magedburg by Kulturanker e.V..If you pass by the area of Sachsen-Anhalt or go to Berlin you should not miss this Festival it's an amazing huge area with lots of stuff !!!! More pictures of the working process you can find on my flickr stream.

Sonntag, 7. Juli 2013

Back in Dresden ...

Back in Dresden .... I've been painting in one of my favorite abandoned spots ...

Mittwoch, 26. Juni 2013

TRAIN of INFINITY mural in Mannheim

Right before the opening of my solo show "TRAIN of INFINITY" I finished the mural "TRAIN of INFINITY". Thanx a lot to Petra of stoffwechsel gallery! I had a nice time in Mannheim ( and a succesful opening of the show.)

Montag, 17. Juni 2013

exhibition opening - TRAIN of INFINITY

This Thursday my solo show " TRAIN of INFINTY" opens @ stoffwechsel gallery in Mannheim. I show some new screenprints, i did during my last month in Bulgaria & some photos of bulgarian trains&walls. During the week i paint a mural at stoffwechselSPIRAL - an outdoor spot of the gallery in Mannheim University area. For all those who like to join the faccbook event - click here

Mittwoch, 12. Juni 2013

trash TRAINs of INFINITY

My last days in Sofia i went to a beautiful trash yard in the north of this city. A great place to explore, take pictures and paint. I continued my "TRAIN of INFINITY" series there with drawings on steal done in different techniques. One is made with oilstick and spray, another done with dripmarker and roller and the third done with brush, dripmarker and roller. If you're in Sofia you should definatly check out this place... crazy urban decay. Thanx a lot for taking pictures and video footages to K.K.

Samstag, 8. Juni 2013

Bucarest - abandoned playground

This work was recently done during a one-day trip to Bucarest. Another "TRAIN of INFINITY" drawing on a wall. Thanx to Duno for showing us this nice place.

Samstag, 18. Mai 2013

Solo Show - TRAIN of INFINITY

TRAIN of INFINITY is a solo show at stoffwechselgallery in Mannheim/Germany. Besides some of my "Diaries of Interrails"- works I show some new screenprints. Screenprints i made in Bulgaria during my travel with "the rolling screenprint studio". During my stay in Mannheim I paint a mural at the "spiral" of stoffwechselgallery.The show opens on 20th of June and runs till 3rd of August. More updated Infos about the show here. Another poster of the infinite train pasted in Ruse/Bulgaria .... more pictures about the "TRAIN of INFINITY"-series coming soon

Donnerstag, 11. April 2013

Train of Infinity

This is the first screen print i did during the tour of the " rolling screenprint studio" in Bulgaria. This infinite train is made of international types of Trains. RVR (Eastern Europe) , dutch Doubledecker, German S-train and German Double Decker. "Train of Infinity" is a 3 layer print limited on 30 prints. It's available on our tour through Bulgaria - check out the schedule .

Double Jaga - Sofia

While Babajaga stays in a House with a single leg, my characters have more then just one leg - that's why i called the work DoubleJaga. Done during a nice weekend day on a relaxed sunny spot near Sofia Slavia Stadium ... thanx a lot Xpome & Ster !

Montag, 18. März 2013

This Time German

Mal zur Abwechslung ein deutscher Post - Übersetzungsvorschläge zum Text sind natürlich willkommen. Dieser Text erschien im Katalog zu " jetzt hier. Gegenwartskunst. Aus dem Kunstfonds " "Jens Besser ist ein international vernetzter Street-Art-Künstler. Sein Atelier ist der öffentliche Raum und sein erklärtes Ziel, mehr Freiraum zu schaffen für die Kunst jenseits der Leinwände und Ausstellungsräume. Er leistet künstlerischen Widerstand gegen den Trend zunehmender Privatisierung, Bürokratisierung und Überwachung und hinterfragt das Kunst-Markt-System ebenso wie das Konsumverhalten. Regelmäßig lädt Besser zu Projekten und Workshops ein, die – nicht selten auch am Rande der Legalität – im Stadtraum, an offiziellen Kunst- und inoffiziell angeeigneten Orten stattfinden und die In- und Outsider des Kunstbetriebs zusammenführen. Die Serie „thoughts between stations and superstores“ umreißt den Bewegungsradius eines Street-Art-Künstlers in Einsatz: zwischen Bahnhöfen und Supermärkten. (Silke Wagler, 2013)"

Interrail Chemistry

"Interrail Chemistry" is a mural for my solo show "Diaries of Interrail" in Berlin. The work is located in the gallery idrawalot . The show runs till 30.3.2013. After the show the work will be painted over.

Interview & Video for Ilovegraffiti.de

Just recently i gave an interview to ilovegraffiti for their series 5 minutes on arte creative. The Video shows videofootages that people send me & which I took in recent years in Dresden and Berlin. I talk about the show conceptual vandalism and my work of collecting non-writing stuff on trains on my trainworks-blog The written interview on ilovegraffiti.de is a bit more detailed but only in German.
A Big Thanks goes out to Rene of ilovegraffiti.de !

Mittwoch, 6. März 2013

"Diaries of Interrail" in Berlin

The official Press release...
"Diaries of Interrail" by Jens Besser in Berlin

On Thursday March 7th, the exhibition " Diaries of Interrail" by Jens Besser opens. It's the first official solo-show in Berlin by the artist. Besser is well know for his urban art projects Muralismo Morte ( 2009/2010), Lak Aan Braak ( 2011) , City Bilder ( 2011/12) or Conceptual Vandalism (2012) this time exhibits his own works.

He shows a series of drawings on tickets and silk screen prints. Besser started this series in 2010 when he received a stipend by the cultural fund of Saxony for his project "Trainwork(er)s - tracing shadows of the night". For the project Besser traveled thorugh south Europa via interrail. He met international train painters and made portrait drawings of them in his own style. On his travel he wrote texts, made sketches and painted walls about the topic of painting trains.

In 2010 he moved mainly through the Balkan area and met artists like "Slow from Beograd" , "Kareem of Sofia" or "Ranzlow". Later he traveled to Italy to meet Aris and continued to Spain to meet Kenor & H101. He visited as well Austria and Czech Republic. The Czech artist Sense Jens Besser met severel times. Portraits of "Sense" been used for silk screen prints "Sense from Otrokovice" in different varieties.

After parts of the show been exhibited in group shows in Montreal, Sofia, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Dresden now the series is shown for the first time completly in Berlin.

About the artist

Jens Besser finished his studies at the academy of fine arts Dresden in 2008. Since then is an active freelance artist. Official murals by Besser can be found in Santiago de Chile , Oaxaca (MEX) , Sofia (BG), Heerlen (NL) , Hamburg , Leipzig or Dresden e.g. Jens Besser lives in Dresden and works all over Europe.
In 2010 he got a stipend by the cultiural fund of Saxony.
In 2012 the fund of art Saxony bought a series of works by Besser. The works are exhibited till 30th of may in the show " jetzt hier. Gegenwartskunst. aus dem Kunstfonds".

dates of the exhibition

opening: Thursday 7.3.2013 - 7 p.m.
exhibitions runs from 8. till 30. of march 2013
opening times of the gallery: tuesday - Friday 12 a.m.- 6 p.m.,  Wednesday 12a.m. - 9p.m. , Saturday 1p.m. - 6p.m.

adress: Idrawalot - Boddinstrasse 60, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln

Freitag, 1. März 2013

"jetzt hier" opening & guided tour

click on the pictures to enlarge
As the youngest participant of the show "jetzt hier. Gegenwartskunst. aus dem Kunstfonds" I'm happy to announce as well the publishing of a well done small catalogue for the show. It's more like a booklet that reminds me on another nice catalogue i had years ago in my hands. Maybe the aim was to make a booklet that fit's into a bag of art collectors and world travelling curators instead of producing another heavy weight book. I really like the idea and the price is fair, too. Only 5€. But the catalogue is not the only thing i like to promote. Today i offer a guided tour in Dresden - Friedrichstadt - to Murals and public interventions in Dresden-Friedrichstadt - feel free to come around - start 4 p.m. - Adlergasse 14 / riesa efau entrance - there is no fee - donations are always welcome ;)
 

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