Montag, 22. Juni 2015

Yard Drawing @ Forum of Styles

Yard Drawing @ Forum of Styles by Jens Besser I did this yard drawing at Forum of Styles during BRN 2015 - Dresden-Neustadt. I painted live from 1p.m.-6 p.m. in front of the district museum - thanks a lot to the District Museum for organizing the Forum Of Styles.

Montag, 15. Juni 2015

Trouble on the edge

This is my final work for "urban cript continues - Antimurals" in the former prison in Magdeburg. Another large-sized drawing. This time i pasted a huge darkblue background. In the background you can find a structure of brush strokes. The drawing in bright color deales with exterme experiences I had in the my life. I did this work in the morning after i woke up in the prison around 6 a.m. - and finished the drawing within 2 hours. "Antimurals" happens during Sinnlichkeit 2015( 6.6-20.9. 2015). After the closing of the show, all murals will be destroyed or uninstalled.

Montag, 1. Juni 2015

"Graffiti ist Jazz mit Buchstaben" - comments & works

"Graffiti ist Jazz mit Buchstaben" - Book about Urban Art in Sachsen-Anhalt Recently some of my works ( in fact the two official works I did in Sachsen-Anhalt) been published in the book "Graffiti ist Jazz mit Buchstaben" by Frank Pudel and Sabine Ullrich. The book features lots of photographies of painted walls and comments of artists. All comments are taken from direct interviews hold by Sabine Ullrich with each artist. The result is really good - only the "street artists" in Sachsen- Anhalt are rare. That's why you find a lot of writing-based works and less non-writing works. If you're interested in the book you can order it here.

Sonntag, 10. Mai 2015

"From Revolt To Revolt" Walldrawing at Rosenwerk

"From Revolt To Revolt" Walldrawing (mural) at Rosenwerk During the offical opening of the "Rosenwerk" in Dresden I had a painting action together with local wall painters. Thanx goes out to "WSL"-Crew aka the new Rosenwerk-Crew for the nice day and relaxed atmosphere there.

Mittwoch, 6. Mai 2015

Opening Kulturforum of riesa efau & Rosenwerk

This Saturday riesa efau opens the new building called Kulturforum - a great space for shows, workshops and discussions.
On two floors well equipped workshop studios for printing, photography and digital stuff open the doors. One floor combines three techniques of printing in one huge loft room. Etching, lithography and silkscreen print happens in the same huge space - an amazing place for art!

During the opening a chalk mob happens in front of riesa efau.
Start 3.30 p.m. Address Wachsbleichstraße 4a - Dresden

On the very same day Rosenwerk opens officially. The former "Werkstadtladen" moved into a new building near to S-train stop Freiberger Straße. We do start painting a wall inside. You can visit this huge DIY lab and explore their workshops. They have an amazing wood shop, laser cutter, 3-d printer and a lot more things to explore.

Start 10 a.m. Address Rosenstraße/Jagdweg - Dresden

Montag, 4. Mai 2015

Street Messages - page 61

Street Messages Book Oldie but Goldie - the "No Name No Fame" - roller tag series is recently published in the book "Street Messages " by Nicholas Ganz. It's a really nice collection of messages, slogans and poems found in the streets by various artists from all over the world. Including Laser 3.14, Samo (Basquiat & Al Diaz), Jenny Holzer or Banksy. Besides short artistic explanations you find three texts about street messages, political slogans and street poems. The book has a well balance in text and photo. Street Messages is published at Dokument Press . Hopefully you will find it in your favorite library or book shop - for sure in the internet.

Mittwoch, 22. April 2015

Fractals - New Stickers and prints

Fractals - prints on german postal stickers I started to do new prints on paper and during the printing process i thought: „ Why don’t you print some unique stickers again - like in 2003. Unique pieces for the public - not just digital shit, like advertisment.“ In this way my new silk screen printed series „Fractals“ worked out. „Traditional German“ Street Art style on postal sticker - I still love these postal stickers. Some are already spread over the world - pictures you can find on my photostream Some more examples Fractals series

Mittwoch, 15. April 2015

untitled two layer drawing

"untitled two layer drawing" This is my latest commissioned work for a family living in Dresden. It's again a mix of two layers of drawing. I love how the second bright layer interrupts the first extremly illustrative drawn layer. Thanx a lot to Sylvia A. for trusting in my work and all the good food. You can find more pictures of the whole painted house on my flickr

Mittwoch, 1. April 2015

"Reclaim the street" - Workshop-Angebot

This is a workshop offer for Dresden/Germany - that's why, there is no official English text ... but i can hold the workshop bilungal.
Ob Stencil, Sticker oder Mural - wir machen die Stadt ein bisschen bunter. Street Art gehört längst zum Großstadtbild und ihre Künstler haben Galerien und Museen in windeseile erobert. Aber wie funktioniert Street Art? Wie macht man ein fotorealistisches Schablonengraffiti ? Welche weiteren Techniken gibt es eine öffentliche Wand oder einen Platz zu gestalten? Und vor allem - Wie kann ich mich daran ohne Gefahren beteiligen? Neben den Grundlagen der Schablonentechnik, Hinweisen zu Sprüh- und Pinseltechniken sowie jeder Menge Wissenswertes zur Wandbildbewegung (Muralismo), steht das eigene Tätigwerden und Experimentieren in diesem Kurs im Vordergrund. Wir fertigen eigene Schablonen an, die wir auf selbsthergestellte Sticker sprühen. Wir erstellen Skizzen, die wir dann als Experimentiergrundlage für ein Mural auf einer öffentlichen Wand nutzen. Ob in der Gruppe oder individuell - Wir werden den öffentlichen Raum zurückerobern.

Termin: 11./ 12. 4. 2015,
Zeit: Samstag/ Sonntag, 10 - 18 Uhr
Kosten: 125 Euro / ermäßigt 105 Euro

Anmeldung über riesa efau - hier

Donnerstag, 26. März 2015

Untitled Drawing Performance


The "Untitled Drawing Performance" was realized for "Fakt ist… aus Dresden: Graffiti – Ist das Kunst oder muss das weg?" This TV-discussion was moderated by Andreas F. Rook.
Guests of the show were Peter Sodann, Lucie Freynhagen, Lutz Beberhold, Dr. Patrick Gau and me. Here is the link to the video of the discussion

The Performance happend in 3 parts
1st "Amnestie ! Wie ?";
2nd "Welcome To Trainbombing 2025"
3rd " Mash Up Moniker History"

Thanx a lot to the "Fakt ist ... aus Dresden" Team for the arranging of the wall and the opportunity to take part in this show.

Dienstag, 3. März 2015

Entrance to Utopia

My second work was inside a sculpture. „The accident“ is a sculpture at corniche road along the coastside of Jeddah. „The accident“ by Julio La Fuente is part of a public art program, or better urban beautification program,  in Jeddah done in the 70s. Jeddah claims to be the biggest urban art museum in the world. You can find on all roundabounds another strange sculpture - a huge carpet with car on top, a big tap, big cisterns or a huge fist. This city is full of big weird sculptures.

And Everybody knows „the accident“. It’s extremly visible and in a city without public transport - cars are a special theme. 

When we first passed by this sculpture i told the driver to stop. This work had such a strange and strong impact on me, that a needed to look closer. I realized that it was possible to enter inside. I climbed through the broken car window and discovered a hidden place - perfect for drawing and right in the central public view. I found a lot of waste inside. It reminded me on a typical abandoned factory where you could find needls or beer bottles . I discovered writings from 2000. I decided to do an drawing piece inside.

Entrance To Utopia - Jeddah/Saudi Arabia The next day i went for working inside. A friend of mine was checking outside, if police comes, or something else happens. During my drawing session outside a lot cars, even police and some workers passed by. The workers cleaned the streets around the sculpture. If policemen had asked me what i did i would carefully explain them my work, because i did nothing illegal in my eyes. But nobody discovered me during my daytime work inside.

Entrance To Utopia - Jeddah/Saudi Arabia Being inside i remembered some drawing sessions in abandoned places in Dresden and Milan. I thought about a work i did in end of 2013 which was called „Welcome 2 Utopia“. These hidden places are full of Freedom and Anarchy - utopian places. This is where i started my drawing. First i primed the wall at some spaces in black, later i continued drawing over the black spots with spontanous ideas. I did a drawing of the sculpture, another one of the real Kaba , some coffeemaker - these works dealed with circles. Then - Because of being thirsty i drew a bottle of water. I continued a house, Birds flyig outside the sculpture. I added some connections, a hidden room and comments. A sign „back to public reality".  Finally i called the work „Entrance to Utopia“. 

Entrance To Utopia - Jeddah/Saudi Arabia
Entrance To Utopia - Jeddah/Saudi Arabia
Entrance To Utopia - Jeddah/Saudi Arabia After leaving the sculpture i went straight to the car where the driver waited outside - for 2 hours in heavy sunlight. Just thirty minutes later we passed by again. Local artists and me did a tour through Jeddah about art and Street Art in Jeddah. They where extremly amazed about my story and the idea of the work inside the sculpture.

Sonntag, 1. März 2015

Jeddah days & nights


In February i was invited by Goethe Institut Kairo to give workshops in Jeddah/Saudi Arabia. Saudia-Arabia is a country you can only enter with an official Visa. As a non - muslim there is the only opportunity to enter Saudi-Arabia with an invitation. I thought i should use this rare opportunity to see a country where people have really bad thoughts about. It finally turned out as a really good decision.

Originally it was planned to partcipate in Janadriyah Festvial in Riadh - but the festival was canceled. So I ended up in giving a workshop for street kids and another workshop for young designers and street artists from Jeddah. These workshops happend at a „Street Art“-show organized by Athrart gallery in a former garage in Al-Balad - the most beautifull area of Jeddah. Al-Balad has a high population of foreign people - it’s much more livley then other parts of the city, because of it’s narrow streets and old beautiful houses.

Before I gave the workshops i met up with local writers and we went out drawing in public space.



This is the biggest work i did there. 4-5 meters high, around 10 meters wide, done with stick and spray. It shows a former King from Saudi Arabia. You should know this King from Saudi Arabia let build a trainline used for public transport between Riad and the northern coast of Saudi Arabia which is still in use. You can imagine how angry the oil companies went out when they heart about these plans. A train in the country of oil&cars ? But take care - it’s only a tribute to the trainline in the City of missing public transport called Jeddah ;) More works follow soon !

Dienstag, 16. Dezember 2014

Berlin Teufelsberg


Yesterday i went to Berlin to meet Fars from Varna. We went on top of Teufelsberg to paint a quick winter collabo. Fast and simple ... a great day in Berlin with a good painter colleague.

Donnerstag, 11. Dezember 2014

Neun Görlitz Share

This Friday we launch the first share (German: Aktie) of Neun Görlitz . We offer this share for 25€. The share gives you the opportunity to be part of the exhibition project. In future you can decide about shows & artist to exhibit at Neun Görlitz . The first share is limited to 50 pieces and printed live at Neun Görlitz by myself.

The live screenprinting starts at 4p.m. on friday 12th December and runs till 8p.m., on saturday I print live again. Between 2p.m. and 8 p.m.. Adresse: Fischmarkt 9 - Görlitz/Germany

Montag, 17. November 2014

From Gütersloh to Ayia Napa

This is "Refugien V.xx" in Gütersloh/Germany. The "Woldemar-Winkler-Stiftung" of Sparkasse Gütersloh invited me to paint a temporary mural on the facade of the "Sparkasse" Headquarter-Building in downtown Gütersloh. Because of its short lifetime, we had no discussions about content or colors with anybody. I really liked that idea and I'm happy with the result ... pure drawing , 2d & 3d mixed, huge size ... Thanx a lot to Christoph Winkler !


This is my latest work for Ayia Napa Street Art Festival on Cyprus. A long wall full of sketches on "black paper". Thanx a lot to the organizers of the Festival - the paparazzi Studio in Ayia Napa.

Sonntag, 21. September 2014

TIME FOR MURALS

This is a print for an upcoming muralist meeting in Dresden Friedrichstadt. riesa efau and urban script continues present this first symposium about muralism - more infos here riesa-efau.de/kunst-erleben/zeit-fuer-wandmalereien-time-...
and here www.anartchy.com/urbanscript/2014-2/time-for-murals/
This screenprint is available for 50€ (plus shipping) and the half of it (25€) goes to the project ! The print is limited on 25 pieces and printed on acid free Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper (40x60cm) - feel free to contact me.

DIE KUNST DES WEGLASSENS

This is a drawing of a series called "Refugien" done in 2014. Some of these drawings and some older ones are shown at the upcoming "DIE KUNST DES WEGLASSENS - Zwanzig Positionen zeichnerischen Arbeitens rein aus der Linie" exhibition at Neue Sächsische Galerie in Chemnitz.

Sichtbetonung 2014

This year i took again part at Sichtbetonung project in Dresden. The Sichtebtonung-crew, formally known as Friedrichstadtzentral group, moved to a new building called Zentralwerk. Zentralwerk is a big porject and i hope they are able to realize it. If you have time to support the group - feel free to help them.

Mittwoch, 2. Juli 2014

Some Dates

Some upcoming events this year i take part in:

"pecha kucha night", lecture at Zentralwerk - Dresden - tomorrow - 3.July

"LackStreicheKleber" - Urban Art Festival in Dresden at various locations in Dresden - 4.-10.August During the Festival i offer a workshop called "reclaim the street" about urban art techniques I exhibit as well and paint some wallstuff.

"Wallcome"- I hold a lecture about mural-art there - Schmalkalden - 12.September

"Time For Murals" - urban script continues in cooperation with riesa efau e.V. Kulturforum Dresden - international mural project and muralists meeting in Dresden-Friedrichstadt - 2.-8.October

"On Architecture - Facing the Future" - Congress and exhibition by strand - Belgrad/Serbia - 1.-15. December

Überzeichnungstour - Last work this year in Bulgaria

The wall is done in Poduyane district of Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria. It's located between a huge mural of Etam crew (PL) and Nasimo (BG) - "Big Thanx" to Iasen of urban creatures who organized the wall.I had a great time in Bulgaria painted around 15 murals - not all are published online yet.I hope to be again in Bulgaria ... next year maybe !!! Thanx to all the supporters of my tour - especially Mr. Bartsch of Goethe Institut Sofia Some more walls are shown at the upcoming Festival "LackStreicheKleber" in Dresden. And later on in other cities and towns...

Freitag, 13. Juni 2014

Jens Besser & Alexi Iwanow @ Contemporary Space - Varna

This is my latest artwork in Varna - a collaboration with Alexi Iwanow from Varna. The work is located right next to the contemoporary space - most probably the best place for contemporary arts and art workshops in Varna. Thanx a lot to the contemporary space team! If you like to see the work more detailed just click on the foto.

Montag, 9. Juni 2014

@ стенографика - Burgas

This is my final work in Burgas at Stenografika - it s a mixture of a recent drawing ( a recent drawing ) I posted and the snail drawings i did in Russe ... The work is done at "стенографика" a place for legal painting in Burgas. Thanx again to hamalogika Click on the image to see it in higher resolution !

Samstag, 7. Juni 2014

It's chalk and sketch time

In Russe I painted the window facade of Dom Elias Canetti. The work is inspired by a snail that passed by in the local park along the river danube. Originally i planned to write Russe on the snail house, but the snail moved inside the house and i thought "hmm,maybe the snail is from Giurgiu , the romanien town on the other side of the river." I left the snail alone and continued my walk in the park.... Instead i made a drawing of lot's of "train and housing snails" in Dom Elias Canetti
During my stay in Burgas , i went to the Stara Zagora. In Stara Zagora is a really huge and impressive monument of the socialist era. It's an amazing place. just some minutes before i arrived at the monument Idecided to make a spontanous chalk drawing on the ground in front of monument. I thought about things (objects, buildings, factories) I saw in the recent years which are still left from this era.
the city of Stara Zagora - seen from the monument
When i hanged out at the beach of Burgas i got some ideas that could come from some friends from Sofia ( the transformatori group ) . I thought about reusing old ships, like Costa Concordia as huge blockhouses ... this could win an architectural award of sustainability for sure ;))))

Freitag, 30. Mai 2014

presentations and artist talks in Bulgaria

My schedule for presentations of my work get's more and more clear.

Ruse 3.6.2014, 6p.m. - Dom Elias Canetti

Burgas 6.6.2014 (time is not set yet)- geo milev/goethe - school

Varna 12.6.,7.30 p.m. - contemporary space

Sofia 16.6., 3p.m. - Goethe Institut Sofia

After Bulgaria I'm back in Germany invited for a discussion called "Kulturpolitischer Salon" in Leipzig - 26.6., 8p.m. Halle14 (Spinnerei Leipzig)

Kresna - Pampa - Varna

The last two stops brought me in two directions. For my first stop i went to the south of Sofia in direction to Greece. Along the trainline I found a nice abandoned old stop. As most people know ( who follow my works constantly ) I'm a bit fanatic about trains and public transport. That's why I used the opportunity to paint the first station named after me - gara beser. After that i moved in direction to the coast to meet up with the most talented street artist (in my eyes) from Bulgaria - Fars. He is not just talented , he is extremly active. While my stay of 4 days in the city of Varna, we went out painting every single day. He showed me a lot of different sights of Varna. We painted at the beach, inside a socialist monument , along the trainline and on a well frequented underpass. All the works were done without permission, but the people enjoyed our works - they offered us drinks (at the beach) or just said "nice work and good luck". Here just one impression - more follow soon, after I hold my final presentation in Sofia at Goethe Institut on 16th of June. An eventlink is coming soon. I'm in Varna again on 12th at the contemporary space to show some of my works in an artist talk. My next stop is Russe - Here i hold my presentation on 3rd of June at Dom Elias Canetti - all infos you can find on the link ( infos exist as well in Български )
 

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