Beautiful spray paint on paper (old maps)
Each piece is hand painted, slightly different, on various backgrounds and unique.
About 45 × 75 cm (sizes vary slightly)
Edition of 10. signed & numbered.
Available on 5th of September 4pm(CET) at shop.prettyportal.de
kurznachzehn has been creating stencil art since 2011. Although she has always showed an interest in urban art, it was not until she stumbled upon her grandfather’s family photography collection from the 1950s, that her stencil street art style was conceived. In order to preserve the nostalgia of old photos, kurznachzehn has, with recent exceptions, recreated images in black and white. She first edits her images digitally and then builds the layers of each piece, usually four to six per image, by cutting stencils per hand. Initially, she would then paint in layers on thin paper, cut the image, and paste it on the urban landscape. Since her relocation to Southern California, kurznachzehn has experimented with different styles. She has expanded her genre and has begun to focus on gallery art, incorporating canvas and wood into her repertoire and consequently bringing her work from the streets into private and public buildings. In addition, she has utilized various techniques from spray painting to projecting large images onto walls and then painting them with brushes. Whenever she goes back to Germany, however, kurznachzehn stays true to her original style and continues to beautify urban spaces with her stencil art posters.
Through this work and especially with her family’s old pictures as the template for most of her pieces, kurznachzehn has found a unique way to bring the past to life in the present. One of her most recognizable pieces, located on city walls and building facades in several German cities including Köln and Düsseldorf, displays a little girl, the artist’s mother, picking dandelion flowers. Through its positioning it appears as if the girl is picking actual dandelion flowers growing along the perimeter of the building. Yet, these installations are fleeting. Since the posters are pasted onto walls, they are easily removable and also susceptible to weather conditions. kurznachzehn explains that her posters last from one day to five years in weatherproof locations. “I am happy if my art survives,” she claims, “but I also see its temporary nature as an inherent part of street art.“
In her home country Germany, kurznachzehn has participated in numerous urban art festivals and group exhibitions in several major cities, and her work has been published in the following books: Urban Art – The World as a Canvas (Arcturus Publishing Ltd., 2013), Street Art Cologne (Kiepenheuer & Witsch GmbH, 2014) and Street Art in Berlin (Jaron Verlag, 2015) Currently, her work is part of a permanent exhibit at Pretty Portal Gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany and also available for purchase through their online store.