FOREVER 21 13.February 2021

Virtual Gallery Hopping curated by Jim Avignon & Holger Beier

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Hi there!

We are pleased to invite you to a new group exhibition Forever 21!

This edition features 5 artists, all based in Germany. Hamburg – Düsseldorf – Berlin. All artists will present their current works together in one Gallery Space.

DATE: SATURDAY, FEB. 13, 2021 at 7pm CET – VIRTUAL GALLERY HOPPING WITH:


JIM AVIGNON
4000
ROMAN KLONEK
VARIOUS & GOULD
MOKI

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Jim Avignon will show a brand new Portrait-series of Beatpoets, you can also see at Literaturhaus Stuttgart.

4000 has been working for years at a healthy distance from the official art scene and presents his brand new Camping Series.

Roman Klonek presents a wonderful new set of Woodcuts and celebrates the release of his first book “Woodcut Vibes“ – published by Slanted this February.

Various & Gould will show a new series of works, influenced by political poster graphics, Dada and Pop Art.

Moki is a painter and comic artist, her works deal with the challenges of your time especially climate change and in its result escapism.

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The vernissage will be exclusively online on the 360˚platform Mozilla Hubs. Visitors can enter the rooms via smartphone or computer, they can choose a personal avatar and can actually talk to each other via a built-in microphone function.

On February 13 at 7pm CET we will publish the link to the showroom and you are invited to virtually hop between the artist spaces until the internet drops out…!

Hope to see you there,

Jim & Holger

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Jim Avignon is notorious for his unconventional approach to art. He produces his art- works for entertainment purposes. Avignon wants to make art accessible to everyone.

BeatPoet Portraits in this exhibition:
Hettie Jones
Jack Kerouac
Allen Ginsberg
Jack Micheline
Leroi Jones
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Diane Di Prima
Bob Kaufmann
William S. Bourroughs
Michael McClure

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Hamburg based artist 4000 has been working for years at a healthy distance from the official art scene – and above all from its market. 4000 withdraws from the obligatory mediation context, comments on what is happening from the outside, if at all, and thus avoids slipping into the self-referentiality of contemporary art and criticism, and in this way has so far resisted being taken over by the “establishment”.

4000 is a clever artist who knows what he owes to himself and to art. 4000 is pop.

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Roman Klonek, born in Kattowitz/Poland, has a spot for old fashioned cartoons and modern block printing styles.

In the 90s he studied Graphic Arts in Düsseldorf and discovered a passion for woodcut.
For the past 20 years he has created prints with a wide range of whimsical creatures, mostly half animal/half human and preferably in awkward situations. His work can be described as a bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore and pop.

His first book “Woodcut vibes” has just been released by Slanted Publishers. https://www.slanted.de/

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The Berlin based artist duo Various & Gould works in close collaboration since 2005. After studying at the Berlin-Weissensee School of Art (KHB), the artists graduated under the tutelage of Prof Alex Jordan (Grapus collective) in 2010.

Various & Gould are known for constantly reinventing themselves. They often deal with socially prominent themes such as work, migration, gender, death, religion or the financial crisis in a playful, intuitive manner. Influenced by (political) poster graphics, Dada and Pop Art, vivid colors combined with typography and encrypted messages are the characteristics of their work.

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Moki, born 1982 in Brilon, is a painter and comic artist. xe lives and works in berlin.

Moki’s works deal with the challenges of your time, especially climate change and in its result escapism. 


Technically brilliant and almost photorealistic in her praxis moki takes the viewer to places far away from everyday life.

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FOREVER 21 01.January 2021

Virtual Gallery Hopping curated by Jim Avignon & Holger Beier

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Hi there!

Since we can hardly meet on New Year’s Eve, we have moved the party to a virtual space. We are pleased to invite you to the group exhibition Forever 21!

DATE: JANUARY 1st 2021 at 4pm CET – VIRTUAL GALLERY HOPPING WITH:


44 FLAVOURS
CLEMENS BEHR
DAG
FEHMI BAUMBACH
JULIA BENZ
JIM AVIGNON
RABEA SENFTENBERG

The vernissage will be exclusively online on the 360˚platform Mozilla Hubs. All 7 artists are Berlin based and will present their current works in 7 separate exhibition spaces. Visitors can enter the rooms via smartphone or computer, they can choose a personal avatar and can actually talk to each other via a built-in microphone function.

So on January 1st at 4pm CET we will publish the links to the 7 showrooms and you are invited to virtually hop between them until the internet drops out…!

Let’s hug virtually! Let’s have a good time! Let’s have a party!

Jim & Holger

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>>> HOW TO NAVIGATE IN FOREVER 21 <<<

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The artist duo 44flavours Sebastian Bagge and Julio Rölle have been working together since 2003. Their artistic activities include painting, ceramics, sculptures, prints and objects. The painted object can be a piece of cardboard, stone, wood, a vase from a flea market or any wall standing somewhere in the world. 44flavours’ creative energy flows into their immediate surroundings just as naturally as the classical canvas and reveals their quest to explore the world and its surroundings.
44flavours’ art is unadulterated, direct and intuitive: they use strong colors to create a pop art painting mix of spatial innuendo, Op art, figuration and symbols.
The juxtaposition of styles, perspectives and illusions, leads to a contemplation with erratic discoveries.

Text: Elke Giffeler

Clemens Behr graduated in graphic design from the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund and studied fine arts sculpting at the Berlin University of the Arts. His work can be defined somewhere between design and sculpture and is influenced by the graffiti and skateboard culture.

1964 born in Eberswalde/East-Germany. 1985–1989 studied painting and graphics
at Art Academy Berlin-Weißensee and art education at Humboldt-University,
Berlin. 1994 exhibited at the first Chromapark show at Berlin. Solo carrier
and Collaboration work. Works shown at numerous international gallery’s and
museum’s exhibitions.

Since my studies I have been working with abstract geometric forms. Influenced by Kasimir Malevich or Wassily Kandinsky they are the starting point of my non-objective paintings and murals. As an artist in post-socialist and reunited Berlin, I have tried since my earliest works to find my own handwriting that can assert itself against the realistic art predominant in Berlin – both in East and West Berlin – and take on a place in the emerging techno scene. The special climate after the fall of communism (1989/90), between political wasteland and a new avant-garde, influenced my art, which I developed further, always oriented to the basic elements triangle, square and circle. My paintings are pulsating constellations that flood canvases as well as exhibition spaces, turning the white surfaces into a playground for geometric turbulence.

Fehmi Baumbach was born as the daughter of two rigid existentialists at the countryside of Lower Saxony, Germany. Between 1992 and 1997 she studied Fine Arts at the HBK Braunschweig Art Academy. In 1996 she moved to Berlin. After smaller solo shows she was co-founder of The Bewegungselite, a bunch of artists to squat buildings in cities such as Prague, Paris and New York. As the group comes apart, Fehmi Baumbach together with famous pop artist Jim Avignon initiates a series of Art Parties in Berlin by the name of The Friendly Capitalism Lounge. Several solo shows are held in the aftermath, as well as illustrations for newspapers and magazines from underground to style. 

From 2001 she tours as an artist and dj through music clubs in Europe together with Jim Avignon and her music and literature collaborator Almut Klotz. Short stories for Berlin publishers Verbrecher Verlag. In 2005, her daughter Mascha is born and Fehmi Baumbach flees into the woods to gain her game license without ever bagging a deer.

With her distinctive style, Julia Benz embodies the painting of a new generation. She rigorously resists the coolness and rationality in art, which follows a strict formalism and is underpinned by a theoretical context. With an assertive directness she demands a new, expressive freedom of painting.

In her mostly large-format works Julia Benz manages to create exciting and complex worlds full of dynamics. Abstract resolutions of concrete forms and self-confident color combinations play an important role. „For me, colors are emotions. They shock and fascinate me at the same time. And also they constantly challenge me to mediate between the dominance of colors and the sensuality of painting.“ This ambivalence serves her as inspiration in the working process, in which layers are superimposed, surfaces are continued, supplemented or completely dissolved.

Julia Benz studied free painting at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art and at the Berlin University of the Arts and graduated as a master student in painting. She lives and works in Berlin.

Jim Avignon is notorious for his unconventional approach to art. He produces his artworks for entertainment purposes. In his paintings he reduces complex issues to their essentials and blends political, social and popcultural themes with fairy tales and cartoons. His work does not fit into any specific genre. Avignon wants to make art accessible to everyone.

Jim Avignon attempts to break the rules of the art market. By his own account, he is producing an average of 4.37 artworks per day – speed is a central to his work process. During the 1992 Documenta in Kassel he painted one artwork every day, only to destroy it afterwards. His painting at the East Side Gallery in Berlin is another well-known work. In 2013 he overpainted it without permission in a highly publicised event, even though it had previously been placed under monument protection (Denkmalsschutz).

Jim Avignon is also a musician and illustrator. He works predominantly in Berlin and has exhibited worldwide (e.g. France, Greece, United States, Guatemala, Singapore, and Russia). He often exhibits in unusual places, such as techno clubs.

„I was born in the 1860ies in a very old and forgotten part of Berlin, the Republic of Senftenbørg. This lovely place turned into a monarchy quite soon after my sixth birthday. Later I became the boss of this whole Queendom where I still live with three of my magic sloths. You see, it’s an ancient tribe and my name was given to me in order to keep the family tradition alive.“