Opening Saturday 9th June, 19HR
Artist talk Tuesday 12th June, 18HR

Exhibition 13th –  30th June 2012

Skalitzers Contemporary Art presents the first solo exhibition in Berlin by renowned New York-based artist, Carlos Mare, aka Mare139.

Mare began his creative career during the formative ‘Golden era’ of NYC subway painting between 1975-1985, appearing in the original cult classic documentary Style Wars in 1982. Growing up against the landscape of hip-hop in its evolution, he charted a new discourse about the role and aesthetic of the art form as sculpture in the public space, beginning with letter-based works and progressing to a more modernist interpretation of the graffiti form. Internationally exhibited and collected, his sculptural works are among the most innovative of the post NYC subway graffiti movement.

In 2005, Mare returned to an exploration of the line, introducing a series of Bboy studies inspired by the movement of the Bboy dance and its symbiotic relationship with other improvisational forms of expression born from rhythm, gesture and style.

Mare’s Bboy works marry the abstract, gestural nature of graffiti writing with the motion of the b-boy dance, effortlessly capturing the essence of the subject in new symbolic, linguistic, and spatial formulations. Similar to the constant evolution of a writer’s style, Mare’s studies continue to evolve, as he further explores subjects, mediums and styles.

The Bboy is the physical Graffiti artist, he is the lyrical and kinetic scratch, he is the break beat manifest, the most modern of all dancers.– Mare139

Exhibiting and lecturing throughout the US and Europe, Mare is active in the promotion of the cultural legacy of urban arts. His works have been exhibited at MOCA in Los Angeles, The Grand Palais in Paris, Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Brighton University of Art -England and El Museo del Barrio in NYC.

Join us with the artist for the opening night on Saturday 9th June, and artist talk on Tuesday 12thJune.


Skalitzers Contemporary Art
Skalitzer Stasse 43
Kreuzberg, Berlin 10997
U1 Gorlitzer Bahnhof
Gallery hours Wed – Sat 13-19hr
Skalitzers Contemporary Art

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