Behind the Scenes of Project M/4 and “LAX/TXL” Presented by Urban Nation Berlin and Thinkspace

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Street view of the window installations. Photo by Henrik Haven.

Inside a run-down building off Berlin’s Nollendorfplatz, an area known historically for both its gay culture and punk community, 12 artists from eight countries (Fernando Chamarelli, João Ruas, Alexis Diaz (La Pandilla), NoseGo, Word to Mother, Curiot, Low Bros, Andrew Schoultz, Glenn Barr, C215, Dabs Myla, and JBAK) worked for two days to create original artworks for the facades and windows of the currently unused site (exciting news about the future of this space to come).

Part of Project M/4, organized by Urban Nation director Yasha Young and Thinkspace Gallery curator and owner Andrew Hosner, the artworks pulsed with an energy that emanated from the individual artists and their collaborations. In the final installation, bright swirling forms by Brazilian-based Fernando Chamarelli flow effortlessly into the intricately detailed skull of Puerto Rican-based Alex Diaz. In another window, a strikingly bold and fantastical creature by Mexico City-based Curiot holds the observer in awe much in the same way the mythical character cradles his helpless, suspended human.

Earlier this year, Urban Nation opened a new office and gallery space across the street from the Project M/ site. In concurrence with Project M/4, Hosner curated “LAX/TXL,” a group exhibition presenting 16 by 16 inch artworks by more than 60 of the world’s most beloved New Contemporary artists. Deriving the show title from the airport codes of LA and Berlin, “LAX/TXL” shows the diversity of the now global art movement, with such works as a hauntingly intimate charcoal drawing by New York City-based Sam Wolfe Connelly; Day of the Dead-inspired work by former funeral home embalmer Mike Egan; and an eerily-sensuous, nearly monochrome portrait by Korean artist Kwon Kyungyup.

Photos by Henrik Haven and Talia Kirsh.


Photo by Henrik Haven.


Dabs Myla mural on the exterior of the Project M/ building. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Window installation by Curiot. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Curiot and Low Bros working on their window installations. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Window installation by NoseGo. Photo by Henrik Haven.


NoseGo working on his installation. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Window installation by Alexis Diaz. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Alexis Diaz working on his piece. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Joao Ruas. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Low Bros. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Low Bros working together on their piece. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Andrew Schoultz. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Word to Mother finishing up his installation. Photo by Henrik Haven.


New mural by Curiot in Berlin. Photo by Henrik Haven.


Curator Andrew Hosner with some of the work in the “LAX/TXL” exhibition. Photo by Henrik Haven.

Guests at the opening reception of “LAX/TXL.” Photo by Talia Kirsh.

A viewer checks out the artwork at “LAX/TXL.” Photo by Talia Kirsh.

Guests at the opening reception of “LAX/TXL.” Photo by Talia Kirsh.

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