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PEOPLEText: Mariko Takei

It seems that the street/urban art is getting all international attention, and it’s not that “underground” with many legal big events officially held. How do you feel about it? Also, please tell us about how you feel on the street art in Berlin now.

At the moment it is a big bubble which will hopefully burst very soon. It is blown up by media, advertising and book publishers that attracted a great deal of attention at street art. But you still have to develop your style of expression and it would be too easy to say “I stop doing street art, because of the trend”. Berlin has the typical street art spots with a lot of paste ups but I like more the classical writing scene with the huge street bombings and the masses of tags.

Xoooox, 2007

Do you have anything/anyone you are specially influenced by?

The style and topic are influenced by girls and the fashion industry with all the things like models, glamour and superficiality. The first life size stencil work I discovered was from Blek Le Rat and I noticed the power of that simple technique.


Xoooox, 2007

How do you like to develop your street art works in the future?

I am currently working on my first solo exhibition and it is exciting for me to see like things develop by itself. It is boring to show the same stuff at a gallery you are doing in the streets. And working at the studio is a good process to get new ideas for the streets. This is a nice interaction.

Xoooox, 2003

Please tell us about the solo exhibition. What and where are you going to exhibit? How do you feel like to approach your works for your first solo exhibition at the gallery, not on the streets?

The exhibition will be held at the CircleCulture Gallery in Berlin. The streets are the best way to communicate with the masses. In a gallery you can move more deeper into the subject and fine-tune the works. I will show some classical stencil works, collages and objects.

Could you tell us the concept of the Shift Cover this month?

Think, it is so simple that it does not need a description.

Do you have a message to Shift readers?

Keep running!

Urban Affairs – Streetart and Urban Art Exhibition in Berlin
Date: July 5th – August 3rd, 2008
Open: 14:00 – 21:00 (Closed on Monday)
Place: Brauerei Friedrichshöhe / PHB Club / Biergarten Friedrichshöhe
Address: 54 Landsberger Allee, 10249 Berlin

Xoooox “Molotov High Heels”
Date: July 18th – September 10th, 2008
Open: 14:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Sunday and Monday)
Place: CircleCulture Gallery
Address: 11 Gipsstrasse, 10119 Berlin

Text: Mariko Takei
Photos: Courtesy of CircleCulture Gallery © Xoooox

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