It is impossible to have a show in Berlin called “The Wall” without it evoking political connotations — the Cold War and the city’s history. Such is the title of the upcoming exhibition featuring French artist collective Da Mental Vaporz (DMV for short) at Berlin’s BC Gallery. While not explicitly political, the crew’s gritty, sometimes grotesque subject matter speaks to a city’s evolution and the rough aspects of urban life. But the wall is also a reference to what binds the collective together: Its various members each have separate identities in the world of street art and graffiti. Walls are their shared passion. Composed of Bom.k, Blo, Brusk, Iso, Dran, Kan, Lek, Gris1, Jaw and Sowat, DMV collaborated on an enormous mural in Berlin in the week leading up to the show. While on the wall it’s difficult to distinguish between the members’ different styles, the exhibition features individual works that elucidate each person’s singular aesthetic. “The Wall” opens on April 26 and will be on view in both of BC Gallery’s spaces through May 31.
DMV wall in progress in Berlin
Members of DMV painting at the ground level.
Bombing in progress.