Born in 1979 - Switzerland


Summer 2013 – somewhere between Paris and Detroit – somewhere in the middle of the metamorphosis. In the last 15 months the work of SMASH137 has been transfered from a Graffiti based calligraphic- writing-style to a style of colourful painting using the form of single letters as powerful signs.

A gestural abstract painting is on the move. All in all it looks like a frozen moment of forms and colours fighting each other which seems to explode. But nevertheless the paintings appear throughout well balanced. Leonardo’s ten characteristics of an object are almost exemplified reproduced by SMASH137 various combinations with lightness and darkness, colour and substance, form and position, distance and closeness, action and stagnancy.

Construction and deconstruction are the characteristics and part of his strategy. In the battle of line against line, surface against surface, colour against colour, SMASH137 is constantly confronted to one of the main questions of painting what has been achieved and what needs to be changed.

But this development from Graffiti to pure painting as well as the metamorphosis from the Street Artist SMASH137 into the (new) artist Adrian Falkner (his real name) has its price. For some, he moved too far away from Street Art style. For others he is still too close. For some, it contains too much writing. For others it’s too gestural, too abstract, and too neo-informal. No matter how you approach to the paintings of SMASH137 none of them will leave you cold. They polarize when we awake and confuse when we see them.

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“Disclosure”, Library Street Collective, Detroit, (USA)
“Public Enemy”, Galerie Abtart, Stuttgart, (Germany)

“Pop Up Show”, Gallery Brugier Rigail, Paris (France)
“Sie Liebt Mich/Sie Liebt Mich Nicht”, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne (Germany)
“Beautiful Struggle”, Speerstra Gallery, Genève (Switzerland)
“Beautiful Struggle pt 2”, Montana Gallery, Montpellier (France)

“Grow Up!”, Galerie Celal, Paris (France)
“Say Cheeese!”, Galerie La Grille, Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland)

“Lost & Found”, Speerstra Gallery, Genève (Switzerland)
“Beautiful Grey”, Nuithonie, Villars-sur-Glâne (Switzerland)

“Karambolage”, Speerstra Gallery, Genève (Switzerland)
“Work in Progress”, Galerie Roland Aphold, Allschwil (Switzerland)
“Karambolage”, Vicious Gallery, Hamburg (Germany)
“Smashproof”, Common Ground Gallery, Berlin (Germany)

“One Man Show”, Pretty Portal gallery, Du?sseldorf (Germany)


“Urban Spirit”, Gallery Brugier Rigail, Paris (France)
“Der Blick Zuru?ck Nach Vorne”, Galerie Abtart, Stuttgart (Germany)
“Just In”, Association La Lune En Parachute, Epinal (France)
“Between The Lines”, Fabien Castanier, Los Angeles (US)
“one artist”, show ArtKarlsruhe, Karlsruhe (Germany)

“Insights 3”, Kunsthalle, Heidelberg (Germany)
“Stuck on the City”, City Gallery, Prague (Czech Republic)
“Paper Show”, Gallery Celal, Paris (France)
“Leave the Beef on the BBQ”, Guerreo Gallery, San Francisco (US)
“Suspect”, Galerie Schöneck, Riehen/Basel (Switzerland)
“Fifty/Fifty”, Gallery Mathgoth, Paris (France)
“Le Mur de L’Art”, Les Blancs Manteaux, Paris (France)
“Graffiti Therapy”, Openspace, Paris (France)

“Rollercoaster”, Gallery Nina Menocal, Mexico (Mexico)
“In Sights 2”, Kunsthalle, Heidelberg (Germany)
“City Leaks”, DQE Halle, Cologne (Germany)

“Public Provocations II”, Carhartt Gallery, Weil/Rhein (Germany)
“Beyond Graffiti”, Haus der Kunst, Munich (Germany)
“In Sights”, Kunsthalle, Heidelberg (Germany)

“Tomorrow ain’t Promised”, Kunstverein, Heidelberg (Germany)
“Born Under Punches”, AbtArt, Stuttgart (Germany)

“Urban Feedback”, Markthalle, Basel (Switzerland)
“Creative Clash”, Krauts Gallery, Schloss Mannheim (Germany)
“No New Enemies”, Le Botanique, Bruxelles (Belgium)
“Gedanken zur Revolution”, Spinnerei, Leipzig (Germany)
“Young Blood”, Forum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil (Germany)

“Silver & Black”, Gallery Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (Australia)
“The Walls Belong To Us”, Powerhouse Arena, New York (US)
“2nd Hand Smoke”, Modart, Cologne (Germany)

“Artig”, Unternehmen Mitte, Basel (Switzerland)

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