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The photo above is from the exhibition "L´Observateur" at La Moindre Des Choses, in Brussels, a show all about observation. A hidden camera in the painted wall to the window captured the street - and thus the reactions of the visitors on the mural - and projected the image live on the back of the wall, inside the gallery. Once inside the space the visitors could observe what was going on outside - or observe the other guests: The works shown were painted on mirrors, to either look at art or just pretending to do so and look at others ‑ or just oneself.
This was in March. A month before i had been to Hannover, participating in a group exhibition at 'Konnekor - Forum für Künste'.
..and collaborated with Denver based artist Lanny DeVuono for "What if...?" presented at Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin and the Groundswell Gallery/ Hinterland/Showpen in Denver.
With Sophia Hirsch i teamed up for the duo exhibition 'Claims and Tales' at Eichblatt Gallery, Berlin, opening in the beginning of May:
More photos from the opening can be found on facebook or here.
The second half of May i travelled to Poland, invited by the Galicia Jewish Museum Kraków to take part in Street art po żydowsku.
In June 'Radioeins' broadcasted live from the Urban Spree area, Berlin, made a short interview and documented the painting progress of this mural painted in collaboration with Nils Leimkühler from Nartur Kunstgruppe, with whom i had painted just some days before, for the exhibition URBN x ORi, at ORi, Neukölln
..and i went to Hamburg to contribute to the The Millerntor Gallery #4 in Hamburg, an annual exhibition, with about 100 artists like JR, Loomit, Aitch & Saddo, Nelio, Zezao, Daan Botlek, 1010, Rebelzer, Roids – and huge list Berlin from Berlin, Low Bros, Jim Avignon, Andrewa Wan, Julia Benz, Rylsee, Wesr...
Next step was Stuttgart, for a solo exhibition at Tisch Decke: 'Laterna Magica'
Thanks to smartphones and digital cameras, the internet is full of documentaries and photos from exhibitions and artworks. You can see a work hundred times before/if you ever face it in reality.
So an artwork doesn´t ‚end‘ on its physical edges but seems to start a documenting process – and its perception is filtered through the camera of the uploader, leading to the question: What is the original artwork – is it needed or is it just a step to the final expression? Could the reproduction be the exhibition?
From Suttgart it wasn´t far to Freiburg, for an group exhibition at E-Werk for which i have painted the triptych 'Raven' and installed the corresponding 'Brothers in Circles'.
Back in Berlin we, the Stupid Sidekicks, met for an exhibition at Neurotitan Gallery in Mitte. The first time we, Nartur Kunstgruppe, xXcrew and Steffen Mischke, appeared as Stupid Sidekicks was 2006 in Münster, since then we are exhibiting from time to time, more or less together in this group.
A huge advantage of having my studio at Urban Spree is there are a lot of walls around, that can be painted, if friends come for a visit.
This time the IrgaIrga guys from Vienna came to Berlin – and for sure Nils Leimkühler and i had to meet them to paint a wall together.
Above, from left to right: Mafia/Nils Leimkühler * Johannes Mundinger * Knarf * Fresh Max * Nils Leimkühler/Mafia
In Halle i painted this wall for Freiraumgalerie on the outside of the exhibition space.
Sophia Hirsch and i painted 'Our Görlitz' on a huge silo at Fokus Festival, Görlitz
..and in Istanbul we painted this wall together
..and i did this one. Thanks Streetart Istanbul, for the Organization!
October i spent in Vilnius, Lithuania, invited as artist in residence at UMI, Uzupis for 'Anapus Vartojimo', a project bringing three artists working in public space to Lithuania.
i started my residency with a small mural at the new built UMI galerija Kalnas. Making of >here<
This building marks the 'entrance' to the Jonas Mekas alley, so it´s dedicated to the 'Godfather of Avant Garde Cinema'. More - and making of >here<
Final event of the time in Vilnius was the opening of the solo exhibition 'The Glass Mountain Gathering' at Galera Gallery.
Back home in Berlin i was invited to spend my december with 19 other artists/artist collectives at the Glass House studio working with and on old windows, doors and building materials. The results will be presented in May 2015.
I collaborated with Elias Errerd for the SMB Jugendkulturverein e.V. in Offenburg
..and then, finally, painted my last wall in 2014, on December 30.