to sully = 1. To mar the cleanness or luster of; soil or stain
2. To defile; taint
Which side up? It’s a tough choice we make again and again. Some of us love the gleaming bulged side of the egg yolk up – where its liquid bursts and sullies the fried pieces of the egg-white and creates new unforeseen patterns. Some of us prefer the sunny side down, hard and hidden. Some of us can never make up their mind if this guck is appealing or disgusting.
What about people, art and life? Do we want the fascinating, disgusting, creative, sullying side up or down?
In Club de Slasheurs’ first exhibition SULLY SIDE UP. Five contemporary artists based in Berlin present their perceptions of urban life in their work.
Throughout twenty turbulent years, Nomad spent time at the centre of the Berlin graffiti scene and encountered life as a homeless street artist in San Francisco. Today, he has finally made it within the art world. From a penniless street performer, to selling his work to celebrities, he has witnessed society from the very bottom to its very top.
Growing up in the lurid environment of a family butchery, the artist turned to 80ies splatter movies and gloomy cartoons at an early age. These images had a strong impact and made a lasting impression. Today, his works have one thing in common: across genres they are inspired by modern media and the images it creates. Scenes of violence, anger and fear are an excessive exaggeration of our vulgar “tits’n’porn” culture. Such visualizations can be found not only in horror movies but also
in war reports, the news and even on the kids channel.
R T K C // Robert Kizielewicz
I prefer to work with pencils; water colours, acrylics on materials like wood and thick coated paper or things that I found in my environment! The source of inspiration for my work comes mostly from people: their moods, their behaviour, the sadness, faces, eyes, motion all the extremes in all its facets!
It was a long way filled with prosperous and less fortunate twists that led Kai-Alexander Donner to the art of painting. A longsome and surreal process guided him to follow his feeling of “this has to be done”. The artist admits: bottom line is that there is no element that is more contradictory to my character than art.
Sahra Zoë Polosek
Sahra Zoë is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Berlin, Germany. She works on various commissioned design as well as on self-initiated projects. Her fields range from illustrations for print magazines to the mood research and layout of directors interpretations for commercials.
/ Do you remember the dirtiest day of your life?
Kor Izoh: That depends on what dirt you mean?
Kai-Alexander Donner: I do. But I won’t tell you.
Sahra Zoë Polosek: I do.
/ What’s the best mask to hide a tainted / sullied character?
Kai-Alexander Donner: Lots of Humor.
Sahra Zoë Polosek: An even uglier one.
Kor Izoh: A well done pedicure.
/ How do you prefer fried eggs: Sunny side up or sunny side down?
Sahra Zoë Polosek: No eggs. Only balls.
Kai-Alexander Donner: Definitely Up!
Kor Izoh: easy over.
The exhibition still runs until 30th August at Club de Slasheurs, Großgörschenstraße 28, Backyard.
Opening hours of the Gallery: Thursday – Sunday, 12-20h.
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