Vernissage: 29.05.2009, 7pm
As much as Frankenstein represents Horror within the world of film, Graffiti and Stencil Art are often regarded as fright ghosts within the urban cosmos. To often this young art genre has been regarded as some sort of vandalism or scribbling. Therefore it is one of ATM gallery’s main aims to support the transparency and acceptance and show its’ artistic approach.
For the first time ATM gallery brings together two styles of urban art, which couldn’t be any more contrary.
The stencil technique requires an intense effort and planning beforehand but can be realised on location rather quickly – graffiti in comparison is an art form whose creative process mainly takes places during its’ realisation. Graffiti’s form of expression lives from a consistent reinvention of urban calligraphy whereas stencil often works with figurative solutions within the urban space. Therefore it is not unusual that those two genres compete against each other. To transform this antipathy into a creative cooperation is one of the intentions of the exhibition ‘Frankenstein meets Mummy – Graff meets Stencil’.
Two leading Berlin ambassadors of those two genres are the graffiti artist Bimer and the stencil artist M:M. With his roots in the classic graffiti scene, Bimer is one of the most apparent artists. Bimer fits his very popular bear cannily into the existing urban architecture and dedicates the heraldic animal its’ very own moment when it critically eyes the changes within the awakening capital. Stencil specialist M:M however builds his complex pochoir works meticulously by using a myriad number of different layers to create some photo-realistic portraits and urban appraisals. Both artists agreed to be part of an experiment that tries to create new ways of working together by bringing together two different urban art styles.