German artists Jasmin Siddiqui and Falk Lehmann, aka “Herakut,” (covered here) have traveled all over the world to paint murals and exhibit their drippy, figurative paintings. Through recent social projects, they’ve shared experiences which have provided the inspiration for their current exhibition, “Displaced Thoughts”. On view at the studio and work space of Urban Nation, the exhibition paints a picture of “displaced” individuals due to persecution, conflict, and human rights violations. Herakut sheds a light on these people and the organizations designed to help them in the Middle East, Europe and Africa with new paintings, photographs and installations.
September 11 through 13, London hosted the MyFinBec pop-up show, introducing a unique project that merged urban art and wine making. After their initial show at the Cave Fin Bec winery in Sion, Switzerland, and Cologne, Germany, the exhibition was presented at LimeWharf to London’s local art and wine lovers. Once a year, this winery commissions well-established and emerging artists to create labels for their limited edition organic wines through the MyFineBec project. For 2014, the winery introduced a line-up of internationally-recognized artists: Vhils from Portugal, Herakut from Germany, C215 from France and Etam Cru (featured in our current issue, Hi-Fructose Vol. 32) from Poland. The artists were invited to create mural-like works on stacks of wine cases that were later available for sale.
German duo Herakut balance glossy, figurative painting with muddled dripping paint strokes that allow the colors to intermingle and turn into dirt-stained hues. The two partners recently opened their solo show, “Don’t Look at Me,” at Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. The melancholy canvases — including an impressively large six-foot-by-10-foot piece — deal with vulnerability and shame. The children in the paintings, with their emaciated faces and fragile bodies, hide inside oversized animal skins and costumes. The paintings look as if they are set in a time of post-apocalyptic decay: Each piece is accompanied by a scrawled, textual message of a hopeless future. “Don’t Look at Me” is on view through December 7. Take a look at some work in the show after the jump.
German artist duo Herakut have recently created a new series of artworks that narrate universal struggles through poignant portraits of children. Adorned in elaborate headdresses, the children resemble ancient hunters wearing animal skins or perhaps simply animal-human hybrids. Merging text, abstraction and figurative portraits, these works take on a storybook-like format as one must read the text to understand the individual identity of each subject. Herakut displayed these works in their February show at Metro Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. Take a look at some of their new artworks after the jump.
The urban art team Herakut worked for days on end creating the largest mural they’ve done to date. It was completed just in time for the opening of the PULSE Art Fair in Miami. I spotted some great works by Gregory Euclide, Kris Kuksi, Yamamoto, Invader, and more inside PULSE and while I was leaving I met up with Yoskay Yamamoto in front of his installation of sculptures entitled Still Thinking of You. See more of PULSE after the jump!
Earlier this year, German artist duo Herakut (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 17) collaborated with the avant-garde theater troupe The Lucent Dossier Experience, creating a one-of-a-kind installation that was incorporated into the company’s Los Angeles shows. Featuring elements of burlesque, acrobatics and surrealist costume design, Lucent Dossier’s penchant for enveloping the viewers in otherworldly surroundings challenged the artists to create a work that could become a part of the performance itself. Hot off the press, theonepointeight‘s video and photos after the jump detail the making of the installation and the performance that followed.