A berlin legend
French artists’ Victor Ash
’s Astronaut Cosmonaut
has achieved a cult mural status for Berlin
. It is one of the most pictured murals in Berlin – a legend! Standing in Berlin-Kreuzberg near Kottbusser Tor and painted during the legendary Backjumps Festival #3 in 2007, the painting of a floating astronaut on 22 x 14 meters strikes a particular chord in Berlin.
Victor wanted to concentrate and express his past experiences and visions of Berlin - the space race between the USSR and the USA but also the different Berlin subcultures and the desire to escape reality. “I got inspired by David Bowies “Space Oddity
” from 1969 in which he tells the story of a astronaut who gets lost in space and later on with the song “Ashes to Ashes
” in 1981 where Bowie tells us that the spaceman was in fact a junkie on a trip”.
For the artist, the Astronaut/Cosmonaut
represents the will to escape to other universes, “as a little child, I escaped to a fantasy world with my space drawings and as a teenager, I escaped to subcultures to find my identity in the urban environment where I grew up”.
For the Parisian artist born in 1968 and fascinated by the Cold War, space exploration, graffiti, subcultures & electronic music, Berlin was to become from the mid to late 80s to the present a focal point of his attention, with regular trips to the city alongside artistic projects and residencies.
To mark the 10-year anniversary of the iconic mural painting in Berlin Kreuzberg, the Urban Spree Galerie invited Victor Ash for a special pop up exhibition. The exhibition centered around the cult figure of the Astronaut with numerous original/stenciled works on paper and a mural at Urban Spree. A series of screen prints is expected to be released as well.