ADRIAN FALKNER

Untitled(figure#1), 2016
Acrylic, india ink, oil and spray paint on linen
76.8" x 51.2" inches 

ADRIAN FALKNER

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 in an interview: „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, 2015

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2012       
Beautiful Struggle – Speerstra Gallery | Bursins (CH) -solo

Stuck on the City – City Gallery | Prague (CZ) Cat.
Leave the Beef on the BBQ – Guerreo Gallery | San Francisco (USA)
Suspect – Galerie Schöneck | Riehen/Basel (CH)

2011       
Grow Up! – Galerie Celal | Paris (FR) Cat. -solo

Rollercoaster – Gallery Nina Menocal | Mexico (MX)            
City Leaks – DQE Halle | Cologne (DE

2010       
Lost & Found – Speerstra Gallery | Bursins (CH) -solo

Public Provocations II – Carhartt Gallery | Weil/Rhein (DE)
Beyond Graffiti – Haus der Kunst | Munich (DE) Cat.

2009       
Karambolage – Speerstra Gallery | Genève (CH) -solo

Work in Progress – Galerie Roland Aphold | Allschwil (CH)-solo
Tomorrow ain’t Promised – Kunstverein | Heidelberg (DE)
Born Under Punches – ABTART | Stuttgart (DE

2008       
Urban Feedback – Markthalle | Basel (CH)

No New Enemies – Le Botanique | Bruxelles (BE)
Gedanken zur Revolution – Spinnerei | Leipzig (DE)
Young Blood – Forum Kunst Rottweil | Rottweil (DE)
One Man Show – Pretty Portal | Duesseldorf (DE) -solo

2007       
Silver & Black Gallery – Utopian Slumps | Melbourne (AU)

The Walls Belong To Us – Powerhouse Arena | New York (USA)
2nd Hand Smoke – Modart | Cologne (DE)

Exhibitions

2016   
Thinking Hand – Galerie Le Feuvre | Paris (FR)Cat. –solo
C`Est Fini L`Ironie – Carosserie | Basel (CH)
Library Street Collective Presents – Library Street Collective | Detroit (USA)

2015       
Invisible College – FWMOA | Fort Wayne (USA)

Post Transit Romantics – Make Your Mark | Helsinki (FI)
Painters Painter– Golden Hands Gallery | Hamburg (DE)
Main Street – Museum Mohammed VI | Rabat (M) Cat.
There Is A Wolf At The Door – KollyGallery | Zürich (CH) Cat. -solo
Streunergold - Die Kunstagentin | Cologne (DE) Cat. -solo
Past & Future – Kolly Gallery | Zurich (CH)
To Change Key – Raemistrasse 44 | Zurich (CH)

2014       
Neue Farbe – Galerie Neuheisel | Saarbrücken (DE)
Cat. -solo
Graffiti Painter – Galerie Le Feuvre | Paris (FR)Cat. -solo
Regionale 14 – Städtischen Galerie Stapflehus | Weil am Rhein (DE)
Wynwood Walls Miami – Library Street Collective | Detroit (USA)
Person, Place or Thing –  68 Projects | Berlin (DE)
Galerie At Down | Montpellier (FR)
The Code – Galerie Le Feuvre | Paris (FR)
The “Z” – Library Street Collective | Detroit (USA)
NEO Vol 1 –  Die Kunstagentin | Cologne (DE)

2013       
Disclosure – Library Street Collective | Detroit (USA) Cat. -solo

Public Enemy – Galerie ABTART| Stuttgart (DE) Cat.-solo
Urban Spirit – Gallery Brugier Rigail | Paris (FR)
Der Blick Zurück Nach Vorne - Galerie ABTART| Stuttgart (DE) Cat.
Just In – Association La Lune En Parachute | Epinal (FR)
Between The Lines – Fabien Castanier | Los Angeles (USA)