Mittwoch, 5. Oktober 2016

Modena Mural

Mural in Modena This untitled work i did this summer in Modena. Again a two layer work - camouflage background and white drawing done above with brush. Orange connections in between. Pietro Rivasi of D406Gallery organized the wall - thanx a lot.

Donnerstag, 16. Juni 2016

New Untitled Mural in Dresden-Cotta

Untitled Mural in Dresden Cotta This untitled Mural is a commissioned work for a Dresden based housing cooperative called "housing cooperative of train workers". It's naturally that the housing cooperative fits to my drawing topics. It was easy to suggest them the idea for this mural which consists of two walls on two sides of a small street. I'm really happy about the result. It was hard work priming the wall to get strong and clear colors. Using the masking tape to get perfect shapes with straight lines took a lot power, too. Detail of Untitled Mural in Dresden Cotta Detail of Untitled Mural ( part 2 ) in Dresden Cotta Untitled Mural ( part 2 ) in Dresden Cotta

Donnerstag, 12. Mai 2016

Collaboration with Aris in Magdeburg

Once again Aris and me were invited by Kulturanker e.V. to realize a large sized work inside the former prison of Magdeburg. Last year we made huge pasted works for the show „Sinnlichkeit“ . This time we painted directly on the wall. A relaxed huge collaboration during nice sunny days. Thanx a lot to Kulturanker e.V. and the whole prison-team - especially Patrick. Collaboration with Aris in Magdeburg Collaboration with Aris in Magdeburg

Freitag, 22. April 2016

BWNC - Beer, Waiting, Needle Caps

BWNC are the Italian Aris, the Dane Anders Reventlov, the Frenchman Vilx and the German Jens Besser. The crew was founded during a sunday afternoon in a prison.* „Beer, Waiting, Needle Caps“ stands for an afternoon spend together behind bars with no lack of beer, needle caps and time. Only spray cans were missing, the artists waited in vain for the most important materials. After the „release“ their paths went separate ways, but the idea of the crew continued to exist. Later the decision was made to realize exhibitions in 2016. The first reunion will take place at the exhibition space HOLE OF FAME in Dresden/Germany.

On 29th April - 8p.m. „Beer, Waiting, Needle Caps“ will open. The show runs till Saturday - 7th May. During the period of the show the artists do interaction inside and outside the show. Presentations of the participating artists give the opportunity to learn more about their work and to get in touch with the artists.

once again the key dates

„Beer, Waiting, Needle Caps“ - group show by Aris (IT), Anders Reventlov (DK), Vilx (FR), Jens Besser (DE)

opening: 29.4.2016 - 8.p.m.

period of the show: 30.4.2016 - 6.5.2016
opening hours: 7p.m. - 20 p.m.
presentation by artists:
Jens Besser - 4.5.2016 - 8 p.m.
Anders Reventlov - 6.5. - 8 p.m.
place: HOLE OF FAME - Königsbrücker Str. 39 - Dresden/Germany

* Aris, Anders Reventlov, Vilx and Jens Besser stayed together in the former prison of Magdeburg for the art project „Die Neue Sinnlichkeit“. All artists realized large sized works on walls for the curated sub-project „Antimurals“.

Montag, 7. März 2016

From Riadh To Jeddah

Oilstickdrawing
Around my accomodation in Riadh I found some abandoned old doors and I did some quick oilstick drawings there. The doors were really dusty and the heat of the sun let the oilpaint melt and a nice side effect happend.
New Metro for Riadh
During my visit of Janadriyah Festival I saw the new metro for Riadh, unfortunatly it was behind plexiglass, so I couldn't paint it :( But it has a perfect panel surface - like a white canvas.
Diplomatique Quarter
My last work in Riadh I did in the DQ - short for Diplomatique Quarter. A Diplomat of the german embassy asked me if I like to do a work in his flat. There I did a spray drawing in the corner of the living room. After I finished we had a coffee and he brought me to the airport to continue my trip in direction Jeddah.
Back in Jeddah
I arrived early in the morning in Jeddah and after a nap Deyaa and me went to downtown Jeddah - the best area to visit. I found some of my old works there. This piece I did few hours before I left Jeddah last year. I only had night shots of the work and I did not imagine to see it again in my life. I was really happy to go there again and see as well the result of a workshop we did there last year with street kids. Inside the building are still works of the show "Inner Voices".

Freitag, 26. Februar 2016

Riadh Part II

Feel Free - Mural in abandoned house in Riadh/Saudi Arabia During the second day of my stay in Riadh i explored the area around the Hotel. I found an abandoned house where it was possible to paint in a hidden alley because of strong shadows. In the building a Saudi lives who decided not to live the normal "Saudi-life". He uses a bicycle to buy the daily newspapers - A "real" Saudi always uses his car. He lives in that house without comfort like air condition. But he was really relaxed and peacefull. He liked the works we did there and said "thanks for the cool stuff " - I was suprised about his good spoken english. That's why my last work at this spot included his bicycle and is called "Feel free". The piece is done with oilstick and smashed sprays.
Feel Free - work in Riadh/Saudi Arabie
2nd Workshop - Saudi Arabia -Riadh At the same house I did a second workshop with locals. We painted the ground to connect the walls to a huge piece. It was a crazy action, because we smahsed nearly all the cans which we took to the place and it smelled extremly.

During my exploration i found lots of walls with sprayed mobile phone numbers. All the numbers are written by workers who look out for jobs, such as teachers, construction builders and so on. Sometimes they write detailed descriptions of their skills. In my eyes tagging at its best. looking for a job - do graffiti on a wall in Riadh

Mittwoch, 24. Februar 2016

Halle - Dresden - Riadh

scheme for proposal "Competition Kunst am Bau finance office Halle/Saale" Sometimes german winter makes me extremly frustrated. This year’s winter I worked on a muralproposal and murals. I didn’t really recognized that winter was there. In January i worked for a participation of „Kunst am Bau“ for the new build finance office of Halle/Saale - Germany. I was selected to participate in the competition. My proposal was a contemporary sgraffito work on the facade of the building. Finally i won the third prize. From 3rd to 22nd March all proposals are exhibited in the finance office of Halle/Saale - Germany.

Try out for proposal "Competition Kunst am Bau finance office Halle/Saale"
After i finished my proposal i came again to Saudi-Arabia. I was invited to participate with a graffiti & street art workshop at Janadriiah Festival / Riadh. The authorities didn’t allow the workshop on the festival area, but we did a workshop in the diplomatique quarter.
Workshop - Riadh/Saudi Arabia - Diplomatique Quarter
Because the workshop didn't happen at the festival area I had enough time to do more stuff together with some locals and i visited again Jeddah.
Here the first impressions from Riadh inculding some works.
Riadh Impression - part one
Riadh drawing - empty lots everywhere
1st Riadh drawing - empty lots everywhere

Mittwoch, 27. Januar 2016

Memories from another era - large sized drawing

Memories from another era - large sized drawing During „Thementag zur zeitgenössischen Sachbeschädigung“ ( theme day of contemporary vandalism ) I draw a „mural“ live inside „Zeche1“ in Bochum. Robert Kaltenhäuser invited me to participate in a one day action based on 3 stops about contemporary movements in Graffiti Art. I simulated a mural by using a really small and funny elevator and working „top down“.
The content of the work is connected to discussions and talks which happend during my stay in Bochum. I met up some old school writers from Dresden and Bochum and we spoke about the past of painting trains and doing graffiti. The work is done with brush and white paint on wooden boards.
Memories from another era - large sized drawing

Dienstag, 26. Januar 2016

Untitled collaboration with Stefan Schwarzer

untitled work - Collaboration with Stefan Schwarzer Today was the first day in 2016 to draw a mural. It was above zero degree and Stefan Schwarzer from Halle visited me in Dresden. We went to an abandoned factory in the outskirts of Dresden to look out for a nice spot to do a quick collaborative work. We did a nice interaction drawing like back in the days when we did„ Neue Welt “ (New World) in 2010 . I hope in spring we start to do more works like this - today it was still freezing cold. untitled work - Collaboration with Stefan Schwarzer untitled work - Collaboration with Stefan Schwarzer

Dienstag, 19. Januar 2016

PechaKucha Dresden - Vol. 10

Thursday, 21st. January 2016, the 10th edition of Pecha Kucha in Dresden will happen. I speak about contemporary muralism - but no Mural-Festival stuff.

I took already part in 4 more Editions of Dresden Pecha Kucha , and some more Pecha Kuchas in Kosice and Heerlen .. i love the way of presentation - fast and straight.

more Infos here

Freitag, 8. Januar 2016

"Muralists Paradise"

Last summer i did a parody on current muralism development on a wall in Dresden. I had the sketch done some days before I did this comissioned passage way in Dresden-Neustadt. You see houses just made of huge walls - perfect for muralism, but nonsense for living.

In recent years a huge recognition goes to huge murals by few artists. Before institutionalization of contemporary muralism coming from graffiti background, we had a much wider recognition of different artists and styles. People not just liked big walls, because of their impressive size.

The current development which seems like „Hey Girls - I got the biggest dig" or "hey boys - i got the biggest titties“ is not the way i thought about when i started to draw on walls in public and did projects such as muralismo morte. The recent development of an usage of muralism just for beautification is boring and one-dimensional.

I want to continue in muralism, but a new way should be found - maybe smaller, maybe collaborations again, maybe big stuff again, but a different content - let’s see what happens in 2016 ;)

Freitag, 6. November 2015

Dortmund x-Wagen @ Infusion#8

Dortmund x-Wagen (Detail) @ Infusion#8
This is my latest work „Dortmund x-Wagen“ done for a group show at the train station Herne. It’s a sgraffito work done on a wall in the former waiting room of the station. The scratched drawing refers to night activities of train painters in and around Dortmund. For a long period the „x-Wagen“ was the typical model of suburban trains in the Ruhr region. It was the number one aim of train writers for painting.

The show Infusion#8 was organized by 247style (Bochum). Other participating artists were Fino (Berlin), Niels Mlynek(Cologne), Ahmed Abdellatif & Severin Gruner (Dortmund).
Dortmund x-Wagen @ Infusion#8
Dortmund x-Wagen (Detail) @ Infusion#8

Dienstag, 20. Oktober 2015

Next Show - Infusion 2015 - Herne

The next show I participate is in Herne/Rhine-Ruhr-Area. The exhibition "Infusion 8" is located in the train station of Herne. It's a perfect spot to show a collection of my silk screen prints that deal with trains and train painting. Opening of the show is on 31st october 4 p.m.. More Infos about the show you can find on fb.

Freitag, 11. September 2015

Reclaim the street Workshop - noch freie Plätze !


Es gibt noch freie Plätze für den Ferienworkshop "reclaim the street". Der Workshop findet vom 12.10. bis 16.10. im und um riesa efau in Dresden statt. Es können alle dran teilnehmen die zwischen 16 und 18 Jahren alt sind. Der Workshop ist kostenfrei jedoch müsst ihr euch anmelden auf der Website des riesa efau. Alle weiteren Infos findet Ihr hier.

Hier der offizielle Workshoptext :

Ob Stencil, Sticker oder Mural — wir machen die Stadt ein bisschen bunter. Street Art gehört längst zum Großstadtbild und ihre Künstler_innen 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 Wissenswertem zur Wandbildbewegung (Muralismo) steht das eigene Tätigwerden und Experimentieren in diesem Kurs im Vordergrund. Wir fertigen eigene Schablonen an, die wir auf selbst hergestellte 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

Freitag, 28. August 2015

"Beer, Waiting & Needle Caps" by Vilx & Jens Besser won the 3rd prize at "Sinnlichkeit 2015"

"Beer, Waiting & Needle Caps" by Vilx & Jens Besser won the 3rd prize at Sinnlichkeit- Art project I'm really happy to announce that Vilx and me won the 3rd prize at Sinnlichkeit 2015 in Magdeburg. I'm really surprised by the decision of the jury, but happy for sure. The spontanous work by Vilx and me was done on a sunny sunday afternoon at the former prison in Magdeburg. The piece is drawn on pasted paper and is part of the "Antimurals" pieces at "Sinnlichkeit 2015".

Samstag, 22. August 2015

Zeichnungsquerschnitt – 2016

"Zeichnungsquerschnitt - 2016" Show @ Urban Spree in Berlin
Urban Spree Galerie’s ‘Ecke’ is happy to invite you to the vernissage of Jens Besser’s new project, “Zeichnungsquerschnitt – 2016″.

Jens Besser (b. 1982) is a multi-talented artist, curator, muralist, author (“Muralismo Morte”) hailing from Dresden.

Urban Spree Galerie - Revaler Strasse 99 – 10245 Berlin – Germany

Vernissage: Thursday, September 3rd 19:00 Exhibition: Friday, Spetember 4th to Saturday, September 12th, 2015 (12:00-19:00)

"Zeichnungsquerschnitt 2016" - Calender

Zur Ausstellung bei Urban Spree zeigt Jens Besser Siebdrucke, sowie Fotografien von Werken im öffentlichen Raum.

Den Hauptteil der Ausstellung bilden 12 Motive des Siebdruckkalenders „Zeichnungsquerschnitt – 2016“

Alle Schritte zum Erstellen des Siebdruckkalenders wurden auf analogem Weg realisiert. Vom Motiv ausgehend, über die Erstellung der Druckvorlage, dem Übertragen auf das Sieb bis zum finalen Druck wurde alles mit traditionellen Mitteln ohne digitale Medien umgesetzt.

Zeichnungsquerschnitt3Der Kalender zeigt die Vielfalt des zeichnerischen Repertoires des Künstlers. Jeder Monat unterscheidet sich nicht nur inhaltlich, sondern auch formal und in der Entstehungsweise der Zeichnung. So vereint der Kalender „Zeichnungsquerschnitt – 2016“ eine Zeichnungsvielfalt von abstrakt bis illustrativ. Der Kalender ist streng limitiert auf 40 Stück.

Jens Besser (*1982 Freiberg/Sachs) ist Wandkünstler, Autor und Organisator zahlreicher Projekte im Bereich Mural-Art und Trainworks. Er realisierte zahlreiche Wandbilder u.a. in Chile, Taiwan, Saudi-Arabien und Bulgarien.

Urban Spree Galerie, Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin

Vernissage: Donnerstag, 3.09.2015, 19:00 Ausstellungsöffnungszeiten: Freitag, 4.9. bis Samstag, 12.9.2015 (12:00-19:00)

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
 

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