Kilo Kish ‘real — safe’ Interview


Interview from WestwoodWestwood

Kilo Kish can do anything, but her strongest suit is processing how overwhelmingly underwhelmed we all are by life. The 27-year-old’s first professional work to explore that very theme was her 2016 debut album Reflections In Real Time. Since then, she’s jumped from industry to industry, executing everything from video to fashion textiles, and most recently, she’s found herself in a gallery setting with her first ever art exhibition, Real — Safe at  Los Angeles’ HVW8.

On the day before the show’s opening on Friday, we sat down with the Los Angeles based artist to get an idea of what’s been on her mind and how her multi-media show represents the way she walks through her daily life.

Your work focuses on negotiating the personal with the public self. What’s the process of articulating these themes from music to visuals? 

I just have tons of questions in general. I’m always trying to figure out my own doctrine for things and what i believe to be true at different points in my life. I definitely believe that people can change and grow. I do try to document different types of feelings over the years because they totally change. My perception even since making Reflections In Real Time to now about all those things—online interactions, being a creative—all that changed in a year in a half since that record. Working through ideas constantly.

When I think about things, I usually think that “This feels like this“: I’ll be having this conversation at this party…which literally makes me feel like I’m stuck in an elevator. Things like that. In my brain, I’m doing other stuff when I’m talking sometimes. It’s nice to sometimes, when I have the opportunity, to make those spaces real, which I try to do with my videos and films and my live performances. I try to take some of that actual emotional feelings and create spaces for them.

Are a lot of the works in the show abstract mundanities of these situations? 

Yes, exactly.

What are other examples of that? 

For me, when I look on Instagram and stuff like that, I’m like, “All of these are mundane situations.” It’s my lunch or my dinner or on a bike ride or getting an ice cream cone but there’s this grandeur that’s created out of it because it’s curated and formatted for a public. I do kind of the opposite, where I take these situations and make them extreme versions of what they really are.

How do you feel that–given some time after Reflections–this show and body of work evolves these subjects? Or are you going in a different direction? 

This show is the farthest abstraction from the record. The music is literal: if you’re singing something and you’re the artist, people will be like, “That’s what you think!” You know what I mean? That’s usually where they’re going to take it. This is like all of the other ideas that don’t necessarily work in a musical medium or a live show. There are still parameters for a live show. If you don’t want to be a dick, there’s still things: people want to come here to come here–to have fun. They probably want to drink and hang out with the new girl they just met and whatever else. For you to push your really intense performance art show on them—which I do anyway—I curtail it a tiny bit. The extra stuff, that’s just too too much for a live show? That’s where it exists in a gallery.

One thing in reading about this show is this idea of the “blissfully blasé.” It very much feels like an excitement and constant pushing down by social structures or other generations that are making you apathetic.

Because there’s so much information.


I don’t think we were supposed to handle this much information. I think we were really actually supposed to hunt for our food and walk around and cook for three hours and walk up a hill for six hours and then come home and be too tired to do anything.

That’s what I was curious about. Do you think this simultaneous feeling of being both overwhelmed and underwhelmed is a bit of our generational calling card? 

Totally—because it’s sensory overload…If you wanted to genuinely be happy (and not fake online happy), you really have to work on it. That’s a spiritual endeavor. You would have to disconnect a tiny bit from all of the boxes that you are looking at all times, literally and figuratively. There’s just so much to look at. If you finished posting your picture of your best day ever and—literally point two seconds after—someone posted a better best day than you and then you look at the next person and the next person and the next person…It’s not easy. It’s not easy to be one hundred percent satisfied, especially now when there are so many options. The only way to be fully happy is to not input as much information.

That’s great. 

You’d have to disconnect a tiny bit and be like, “My day was great. And I really don’t care about all that other stuff that’s going on right now.”

What’s next after this? 

After this, I’m probably going to do one more video for Reflections In Real Time and then I need to really, seriously start working on a new album.


For more on Kilo Kish, check out her SoundCloud and follow her on Instagram + Twitter.




analog in a digital world

HVW8 Berlin is proud to present the MAKIN’PAPER zine show. 13. -15.07.2017 opening thursday 6-10pm

An exploration of the medium current state and its relevance in the digital age.Selfpublishing on paper as a direct counteract towards the unlimited access to imagery and information of todays times. Put your cold technical device away for a moment and just imagine your fingers touch the warm pages of a paper made zine.  Stay in this very moment… for a second. Doesn’t it make you feel good? The haptical sensation mixes with the joy of seeing imagery and thoughts of its creator unfolding in front of you. That’s what we thought. You can have all of this in a cosy environment now. And we even preselected the very best zines for you. So you don’t need to exhaust yourself by going through millions of publications.

You’re welcome and see you there!

M.O. + T.M.

Show event at HVW8 Linienstrasse 161 – BERLIN
A collection of zines and works on paper
Curated by Thomas Marecki & Manuel Osterholt

Naives and Visionairies
lodown magazine

Stefan Marx
Conny Maier
Will Sweeney
Bad Buzz
Sebastian Haslauer
Kento Watanabe
and the others…

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Brian Lotti ‘Park Life’ opens April 27th at HVW8 Berlin


HVW8 Gallery Berlin presents

Park Life

A solo exhibition by Brian Lotti

HVW8 Gallery Berlin is pleased to present ‘Park Life’, an exhibition of new monotypes and paintings from Brian Lotti. Based out of Los Angeles, home to a famous sky that attracted both the entertainment industry and a myriad of West Coast landscape painters because of the quality of light, this attribute finds itself and its many characteristics alive in Lotti’s work.

April 27, 7–10pm

April 28–June 17, 2016 Thu–Sat, 1–6pm

HVW8 Gallery Berlin Linienstr. 161

With support from adidas Originals

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Jean Jullien ‘Flat Out’


HVW8 Gallery Berlin presents

Flat Out

A solo exhibition by Jean Jullien

Graphic artist Jean Jullien applies his signature style to three-dimensional sculpture for the first time in the series of six steel artworks now displayed at HVW8 Berlin. The French graphic artist playfully explores the theme of laziness in soft brilliant-hued, life-sized figures that resolutely refuse to “do” much of anything. A keen observer of the everyday and current events, Jullien here focuses on moments of unadorned idleness that punctuate the hyperactivity of modern life.

April 27, 7–10pm

April 28–June 17, 2017, Thu–Sat, 1–6pm

HVW8 Gallery Berlin Linienstr. 161

Made possible with support from adidas Originals.

HVW8 x WWFM Live Broadcast



HVW8 x WWFM : Busy P + guests // 19-04-17 // 8PM-2AM BST / 12-6PM PST

Tomorrow (April 19th) is the start of the HVW8 x WWFM live world wide broadcast. We’re lucky to have Busy P of the mighty Edbanger crew playing a set along with Jeremy Sole and Jimetta Rose featuring Ill Camille. Live broadcast 12-6pm PST, tune in at or come by our Los Angeles gallery at 661 N. Spaulding Ave, 90036, West Hollywood.

Please RSVP at

Political Minded – Mass Incarceration Feb. 25th, 1- 7pm


Political Minded – Mass Incarceration

Mass Incarceration in the Land of the Free – The U.S. represents just 5% of the world’s population, but holds 25% of its prisoners making it the world’s leading jailer. Fueled by “tough on crime” politics in the 80’s and 90’s, incarceration rates exploded. The event strives to raise awareness of the disproportionate effects of the criminal justice system and infrastructure on minority communities.

Political Minded is an ongoing art and music series dealing with social and political issues. First debuted in Montreal in 2003, Political Minded events have been held in NY, SF, LA and Munich.

Saturday, Feb. 25th, 1- 7pm

Artists –
Fulton ‘Mr. Wash’ Washington
(Recipient of Obama 2014 Clemency program)
Tyler Gibney

Music –
Nick V (Baka Boyz)
Mr. Choc (Beat Junkies)
Ralph M (K-Day Mixmaster)
+ more

Film Screening –
13th (Oscar nominated Best Documentary Feature)

Presentation by Keldren ’Kpook’ Joshua #frommyeyestoyours. On August 10th, 2016, Keldren Joshua was released from Terminal Island prison as a result of President Obama’s 2014 Clemency program.

Article from Outline on Fulton ‘Mr. Wash’ Washington and Keldren ’Kpook’ Joshua’s Clemency from Obama Here.

Black Book Session Artists – Artwork celebrating a second chance at freedom and to spread awareness of using art as a tool for change and education.

Program Support:
Wyatt Closs, @BigBowlofIdeas











HVW8 Selected Works January 2017


Brian Roettinger
Lichtenstein: Done Deal
15.5 × 21 in. (39.37 × 53.34 cm)
Screen printed on styrene


Face Blast
9.5” x 12.5” (24 x 32cm)
Acrylic Paint and Ink


Devin Troy Strother
2 in the pink 1 in the stink (part 1) “get’cha nger outta there”
20 x 16 in. (44 x 35.2 cm)
acrylic, oil, cut painted paper, on wood panel



Cody Hudson
Doomsday Reggae Sunsplash I
24” x 24” (52.8 x 52.8 cm)
Acrylic on Linen

Just a few pieces available from past exhibitions. Please email for inventory.

HVW8 Miami 2016

















Our HVW8 Exhibition space at Miami Art Week with artwork from Wilfred Limonious ‘In Fine Style’, Alex Bartsch ‘Covers’ and Dancehall signs with Maxine Walters. Event with Walshy Fire, Silent Addy, Al Fingers and Eccentrix Sounds featuring new HVW8 Sidebar mural in tribute to Limonious painted by Dan Buller. Thanks to Sonos and adidas.

See more photos from Miami on the HVW8 Gallery Facebook Here.


Perspective Tyler Gibney of HVW8 Gallery

Artist and gallerist Tyler Gibney spoke to VSCO at his Los Angeles gallery HVW8 about the exhibition “Anxiety” (Nov 4 – Dec 16), a group show he curated with Laura Watters that sought to address “the unnerving tension of the strange climate of present day.” The theme of the show would prove to be even more relevant as the US and the world reacted to the new era that was ushered in on November 8th. Following the election, works in the show resonated with further levels of meaning — Cali Thornhill DeWitt’s opioids and Earths installation, Brendan Lynch’s tribute tee to Eric Garner (which the artist had worn across a two-year span), and Gibney’s own “Gun America” mural painted large on the side of the building. Gibney has a history of organizing work that intersects with politics and social issues, most notably, “The Art of a Political Revolution — Artists for Bernie Sanders” earlier in 2016. And in this vignette, Gibney offers his views on the gallery’s role, and responsibility, in providing the needed context for the crucial position that artists play in offering perspectives on the pressing issues of our times.

Video by Wilson Cameron

Link to VSCO site HERE

‘Anxiety’ Exhibition on Purple Magazine France


Eric Yahnker


Steven Traylor


Brendan Donnelly


Anja Salonen



Co-Curator Laura Watters


Devin Troy Strother






Co-Curator Tyler Gibney



Kyla Hansen

brendan-lynch-copie-820x550Brendan Lynch

Photos from Purple Magazine Paris.

Photo Paige Silveria

EINHUNDERT – Diversity And Conformity – Berlin


Einhundert teamed up with Native Teenage and a bunch of young talented local photographers to showcase a total of 100 sides to the city in a photo zine called ‘Diversity And Conformity’. 10 images by 10 artists – Einhundert views.

Join Native Teenage, adidas and us at HVW8 Gallery this Friday for our exhibition opening and Zine launch! Conplimentary drinks and food will be provided by Fechtner, plus Lee Stuart, Kristieyana and Nico Adomako on the Cdjs.

About the zine:
Diversity And Conformity. Two unstable magnitudes that bind a visual-driven culture. While the motivation on the concatenation of the following 100 pictures is to capture a indefinable collection of visual moments that have drawn the attention from 10 different individuals and photographers, the focus lies on the places they have been at the specific time this idea was born. By now this is Berlin.

Diversity and conformity. Effect or affect? How are you, the viewer, affected by what you see? What is the effect? Which image are you attracted to the most? What are you drawn to and why is this appealing to you?

Diversity and conformity. Subjective views turned into an objective analogue experience. Turn the pages, turn it around, close it, open it again and repeat. Its purpose is not to explain a process. It’s not to explain a cause. It’s a feeling that we try to envision, a feeling we try to evoke in the first instance and reproduce with each individual experience. Something tangible.


Diversity And Conformity.

Photographs by:
Henrik Alm
Johannes Böttge
Alexandra Bondi De Antoni
Roberto Brundo
Nikki Powell
Daan Dam
Marie Luise Lorena Mayer
Joanna Schröder
Felix VSOP
Ed Phillips

Curated by Native Teenage
Brought to you by the good folks over at adidas Originals

HVW8 Berlin
Linienstraße 161, 10115 Berlin

Opening: DEC 09th, 2016, 18:00 h
On view: DEC 10th – Dec 16th, Thu-Sat 1-6 pm

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