During the Dutch Design Week i curated a show with post-graffiti artists Antigoon and Ralph Roelse, two artists i coach within the UC Masters project. Nearly 8.000 people visited the exhibition that seamlessly connected with the impressive industrial basement under the skatepark of Area 51.

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Essay Robert Kaltenhäuser about ANTIGOON x RALPH ROELSE

A place called x
Robert Kaltenhäuser

What about post-graffiti?

Post graffiti as a concept has “shifted back and forth between the radically opposite
directions and eventually stuck somewhere between letters and non-letters, legality and
illegality, wall and canvas, intelligibility and unintelligibility“ as Kristina Borhes rightly
points out. From subway graffiti styles on canvas propagated as the new painting by
gallerist Sidney Janis in 1983 to Olivier (Kosta- Thefaine) Stak declaring post-graffiti an
autonomous practice of unauthorized public markings beyond the tag/piece concept in
2003, post-graffiti has denoted everything and its opposite on the graffiti/art-continuum.
[1] Still, the term floats around. If nothing else, it refers to artists who have taken the
“gateway drug”, in Antigoon’s words, of graffiti writing. An experience and impregnation
which can’t be erased from their artistic history.

You’d be surprised – or maybe not – how many of today’s more interesting and
independent artists are, or at least have been, involved in the illicit name writing game on
urban surfaces around you. You might have recognized that these signs and signatures,
elaborated paintings and sloppy marks – may you approve of them or not – demand and
display a significant range of qualities, artistic and otherwise.

The exhibition Antigoon x Ralph Roelse has been given no title except for their names –
and the little x in between them. In the world of fashion, such an x fashionably indicates a
collaboration between brands, limited editions mostly. Now artists are not mere brands –
at least some of them – and while they can collaborate in a stricter sense, like Warhol x
Basquiat for example, the duo exhibition at hand is a far more detached dialogue….

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UC Masters / A new talent development grant for Urban Artists

We’re live. With EMOVES we launched a brand new Talent Development Grant Program for Urban Artists called UC Masters. It’s a big opportunity to get serious assistance, time and resources for their personal goals as an urban artist living in the Netherlands. 3 artists in the field of Urban Art will receive the grant and my personal assistance. We will make a personal plan for each artist to further develop and profile their artistic talent, professional practice and cultural entrepreneurship. We have 12 grants, 3 of those for urban artists for a period of 18-24 months. Other disciplines are Dance, Music and Spoken Word. Artists that are interested had the opportunity to sign up and in the end of April we will make the final selection so in June we can start the program.