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Adrian Falkner is building upon 20 years of ongoing success: Under his writer name SMASH137 he has achieved worldwide recognition. His graffiti can be seen on countless walls and his style is considered to be formative worldwide, as he combines technical precision with an innovative approach to the traditional vocabulary of graffiti writing. Curved lines and open areas, that blend smoothly into one another, along with striking colours characterize his works in the public as well as the distinctive „Cracking“. As one of the pioneers, SMASH137 develops this technique, where a spray can is pierced forcing the colour to be expelled uncontrolledly. Instead of accurately placing lines and areas, quick and steady working becomes inevitable. This dynamic process determines a new rhythm of colours, shapes and forms.

Turning away from traditional schemes is inherent to his consistently developing works for the interior. Since his first solo exhibition in Dusseldorf in 2008, he is concerned with transferring the intensity of graffiti to the canvas without being constricted by its rules. For a long time Falkner used his pseudonym SMASH as a formal framework for his abstract compositions – the strict aesthetics of the letterforms work as a counterpart to the freedom of the expressive line. The divergent determining factors and requirements entail that his studio paintings differ more and more from his origins, so at the end of 2014 he decides to renounce letters as an artistic element. The interplay between masterly technique and the freedom of lines forms the framework for his colour choreographies, which are complemented by the specific qualities of the spray can to creating: the floating lightness, with which it touches the canvas, and the distinct texture of its lines. Additionally, he uses acrylic, ink and oil crayon, to bring movement into his painterly ductus and create a surface rich in contrast. Thus Falkner succeeds to convey the dynamics of writing into multi-layered compositions which directs his painting into the present-day. What remains is an intuitive approach to art which he explains: „When I'm really immersed in my work, I'm actually entering a realm of structuring lines and colours; paint strokes are to my left, my right, behind me and in front of me. I completely understand them and I can act from within them.“ – Rémi Jaccard

Adrian Falkner (*1979) lives and works in Basel, Switzerland.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


2017

COME ALIVE!, Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg


2016

Thinking Hand, Solo Show, Galerie Le Feuvre, Paris

C'Est Fini L`Ironie, Carosserie, Basel

Library Street Collective Presents, Library Street Collective, Detroit


2015

Invisible College, FWMOA, Fort Wayne, USA

Post Transit Romantics, Make Your Mark, Helsinki

Painters Painter, Golden Hands Gallery, Hamburg

Main Street, Museum Mohammed VI, Rabat, Morocco

There Is A Wolf At The Door, Solo Show, Kolly Gallery, Zurich

Streunergold, Solo Show, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne

Past & Future, Kolly Gallery, Zurich

To Change Key, Raemistrasse 44, Zurich


2014

Neue Farbe, Solo Show, Galerie Neuheisel, Saarbrücken

Graffiti Painter, Solo Show, Galerie Le Feuvre, Paris

Regionale 14, Städtischen Galerie Stapflehus, Weil am Rhein

Wynwood Walls Miami, Library Street Collective, Detroit

Person, Place or Thing, 68 Projects, Berlin

Galerie At Down, Montpellier

The Code, Galerie Le Feuvre, Paris

The “Z”, Library Street Collective, Detroit

NEO Vol 1, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne


2013

Disclosure, Solo Show, Library Street Collective, Detroit

Public Enemy, Solo Show, Galerie ABTART, Stuttgart (DE)

Urban Spirit, Gallery Brugier Rigail, Paris

Der Blick Zurück Nach Vorne, Galerie ABTART, Stuttgart

Just In, Association La Lune En Parachute, Epinal, France

Between The Lines, Fabien Castanier, Los Angeles


2012

Beautiful Struggle, Solo Show, Speerstra Gallery, Bursins

Stuck on the City, City Gallery, Prague

Leave the Beef on the BBQ, Guerreo Gallery, San Francisco

Suspect, Galerie Schöneck, Riehen/Basel


2011

Grow Up!, Solo Show, Galerie Celal, Paris

Rollercoaster, Gallery Nina Menocal, Mexico

City Leaks, DQE Halle, Cologne


2010

Lost & Found, Solo Show, Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, Switzerland

Public Provocations II, Carhartt Gallery, Weil/Rhein

Beyond Graffiti, Haus der Kunst, Munich


2009

Karambolage, Solo Show, Speerstra Gallery, Genève

Work in Progress, Solo Show, Galerie Roland Aphold, Allschwil, Switzerland

Tomorrow ain’t Promised, Kunstverein, Heidelberg

Born Under Punches, ABTART, Stuttgart


2008

Urban Feedback, Markthalle, Basel

No New Enemies, Le Botanique, Bruxelles

Gedanken zur Revolution, Spinnerei, Leipzig

Young Blood, Forum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil

One Man Show, Solo Show, Pretty Portal, Duesseldorf


2007

Silver & Black Gallery, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne

The Walls Belong To Us, Powerhouse Arena, New York

2nd Hand Smoke, Modart, Cologne

Hand Smoke, Modart, Cologne