Layer Cake – The Versus Project V

OPENING: Friday, April 26, 2024, 6 to 9 pm, Layer Cake will be present
OPENING HOURS: Friday to Sunday, 1 to 6 pm
EXHIBITION DATES: April 27 to September 30, 2024
ADDRESS: URBAN NATION Satellite Gallery, Sonnenallee 126, 12059 Berlin

SPECIAL OPENING HOURS
Gallery Weekend Berlin: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 11 am to 7 pm
48h Neukölln: Friday, June 28, 1 to 10 pm, Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 from 11 am to 7 pm
Berlin Art Week: Wednesday, September 11 to Sunday, September 15 from 1 to 6 pm

URBAN NATION presents the international group exhibition “The Versus Project V” by the artist duo Layer Cake at the Satellite Gallery. In their collaborative works, Patrick Hartl and Christian Hundertmark (C100) question the unwritten graffiti rule of never painting over another graffiti writer’s work (“crossing”) unless it is an absolute provocation. Layer Cake deliberately practise crossing in their project. The duo begins a work of art on canvas, which is then passed on to the respective guest artist. The guest artist works on the painting, sends it back to Layer Cake and the process is repeated until the artwork is complete. Through this non-verbal collaborative process, works are created that are composed of the contributions of the participating artists, combining and highlighting their personal styles.

“Working on the Versus project is an experiment in uncompromising teamwork. The project has resulted in works that represent an expansion of artistic boundaries for us and our guest artists.” – Layer Cake

The Versus project brings together a mosaic of artists, from MadC to Rocco and His Brothers to Chaz Bojórquez and Shepard Fairey, united by a fervent passion for style writing, street art and graffiti. All bring their own style to the canvas, contributing to a diverse spectrum that blurs the lines between individual contribution and collective creation. These works are not just paintings; they are conversations, multi-layered dialogs that transcend geographical and artistic boundaries and embody a unique intersection between graffiti and contemporary art.

Layer Cake is the artistic union of graffiti veterans Patrick Hartl and Christian Hundertmark (C100). Their friendship dates back to the early 1990s, when they met while painting S-Bahn trains in Munich. In 2015, they decided to join forces. The combination of Christian’s abstract graphic style and Patrick’s urban calligraphy style with graffiti tags creates multi-layered images.

Participating artists
AKTE ONE, Akue, Arnaud Liard, Bond Truluv, Carolina Falkholt, Chaz Bojórquez, Cren (Michel Cren Pietsch), CRYPTIK, Dave the Chimp, Flying Förtress, Formula76, HNRX, Layer Cake (Patrick Hartl und Christian Hundertmark aka C100), MadC, MAMBO (Flavien Demarigny), Matthias Edlinger, Łukasz Habiera NAWER, Peter „Paid“ Levine, RAWS, Rocco and his brothers, Shepard Fairey, Thierry Furger, Various & Gould and Zepha (Vincent Abadie Hafez)