DA MENTAL VAPORZ . The Wall
Berlin, GERMANY . 26th April – 31th May 2014
Opening Saturday April 26th at 6 pm
Exhibition runs from April 26th until May 31st 2014
From April 26th to May 31st the well known French street-art collective ‘Da Mental Vaporz’ will hold an exhibition in Berlin under the title ‘The Wall‘ which is to be seen at the two gallery spaces of BC Gallery.
Matching the title of the show the crew will also design a large scale mural painting next to the S-Bahn station Warschauerstraße, which is going to complete the show by overlooking the whole area. Through this mural design the spectator will have to opportunity to discover the core of the matter of what distinguishes the individual members of the crew as an organic unity.
As all of them have already created their very own sophisticated styles which work perfectly well independently, what connects the artists does not lie directly in the content or style they create but more in the fact that they find ways to bring all those diverse parts together, in a balanced tension and create something completely new. Their preferred medium for that fusion is mural painting which makes clear that the title of their upcoming exhibition “The Wall” is not just a hint at the vast mural design which will be part of the show, but also displays the deeper meaning of what really holds the artists together.
About the COLLECTIVE
The France based artist collective, DMV “Da Mental Vaporz” consists of ten members: Bom.k, Blo, Brusk, Iso, Dran, Kan, Lek, Gris1, Jaw and Sowat. The works of these artists can speak for themselves independently, differentiating from each other mostly in medium as in style and technique that which as soon as they are shown in a common context, creates an extraordinarily interesting and thrilling relationship.
As can be deduced from the name “Da Mental Vaporz”, which, translated, means “The Vapors of the Psyche” it is for the artists a matter of concern to make the observer aware of the abyss of the personal psyche. This is translated by each individual member of the collective in their own way and leads to a multifaceted wealth of style, which, collectively, puts its mark on the important tides of the art of the 20th century.
During a visit to a DMV show or by observing the walls created by them in an urban setting, everything is offered to the beholder, from old school Graffiti to Pop Art and all the way to Surrealism, abstract Expressionism, Cubism and pore Abstraction. As different as these styles seem, the artists are, nevertheless, able, in their commonly created works, to bring together a harmonious symbiosis, which, although marked by tension, remains balanced. Their preferred media are spray cans, acrylic, mixed media. The artists also attempt to bring to life installations that are created in the urban environment (where they create most of their art) into a gallery framework.
About THE SHOW
The title of the show “The Wall” explains in one word the most passionate part of most urban contemporary artist today. The public wall space has been a platform to all different kinds of art forms for decades now. From Harring and Basquiat to Banksy and Kaws, thanks to diversity and quality the “Graffiti” or “Mural” art form has well established itself in the contemporary art scene. For the DMV big murals are a way to express their collective creativity and have enough room for each artist to bring in his personal style without getting cramped or overloaded.