This Graffiti Museum Delighted to announce a new exhibition curated by the German artistic duo Mille-feuille cake (Patrick Hartl and Christian “C100” Hundertmark). In the group exhibition, Battle item 3, All of the exhibited canvases were started in their studios until they were unfinished and sent to other artists scattered around the world. Other artists break one of the most important rules of graffiti by completing unfinished paintings without discussing the details with Hartl and Hundertmark: Never paint over the work of another writer.
In some cases, this process is repeated multiple times, and development can sometimes take as long as two years. In this creative, non-verbal dialogue, pictorial mosaics of different ideas, styles and working methods are thus created in an associative way. As painting crosses borders and oceans, artists confront their own inner boundaries.
The project involved artists of different styles and techniques who altered the original painting layer by layer until a common composition was created. Each artist’s unique style can be seen in each work. The result is a fascinating collective experiment that stimulates artistic dialogue and examines the exploration of the intersections between graffiti and contemporary art.
All participants in the project are united by a passion and strong connection to style writing, street art and graffiti. Some of the artists include Akue, Raws, Flying Fortress, Various & Gould, Bond Truluv, Mad C and Hera, each of whom hails from different eras, countries and continents.
Since 2015, Hartl and Hundertmark have been trying to blend their styles. Patrick’s writing elements blend into and cover Christian’s hard-edged floating fields. This produces profound spatial variations in type and line, color gamut and occlusion. These images were not planned, but happened. Sweet, crunchy, and layered, the collaborators call themselves mille crepes: a cake with a rich filling.
“Participating in The Versus Project represented a broadening of our artistic horizons and that of the guest artists. Often, as an artist, you start with a pristine white surface rather than another artist’s work, which is sometimes colorful and Expressive. One is faced with the challenge of painting over parts of someone else’s work or incorporating it into one’s own. The certainty that we, as mille-feuilles, will eventually step in to paint and again cover parts painted by guest artists compels The guest artist relinquishes final and sole control. The project and collaboration opens up new horizons and demonstrates new ways of interpreting the work. Through this project, whether through an artist collective or as a solo artist, a works that would never exist under the circumstances.”
– Patrick Hartl and Christian “C100” Hundertmark