AARGH vs. Monkey
Berlin artists AARGH and MONKEY, one stemming from music videos, the other from street art, teamed up in 2011 to found PRINTSHOP UNION, a laboratory for their collaborative paintings, videos, fluorescent lettering, sculptures and slot machines. For this exhibition they have set up a silkscreen print workshop that embraces pop culture to the full.
MONKEY is a natural born artist. His art was developed on the street, as member of the Berlin Graffiti crew CBS, amongst other influences. After years of unpaid night shift, he is now devoting himself primarily to silkscreen technique. His works, combinations of text and image, are richly detailed. If a typeface is not available from the standard fonts, he creates his own. MONKEY lives and works in Berlin.
Born in Düren, AARGH was drawn to West-Berlin at a young age. In the turbulent Berlin 90s he was noticed by the avantgarde music group "Lychee Lassi" and collaborated with them on music videos. His performances provoked interest from the film and music industries. After gruelling years in front of the camera, he turned his back on that world and returned to private life. He began training as a zookeeper and rediscovered his passion for art. AARGH lives and works in Berlin.