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by Ruttkowski68 on June 3, 2013
French street artist Honet taps into both creativity and curiosity to produce his works. The former graffiti writer-turned-artist is intrigued by the remnants of former generations. His pursuit of artifacts and bio-facts, and his hunger for architecture and cultural landscapes has led him down tunnels, up on roofs, and through every other level in between. Honet records his experiences figuratively, creating illustrations that thrill the art world and provide a legacy for urbanity’s undiscovered corners. His works are like history books that tell of places forgotten, neglected or underestimated.
For his current solo exhibition, Honet treads a thin line between reality and fiction. He embarks on an imaginary journey across planets, black holes and nebulae, probing into biology, histology, anatomy and mythology. There is a collaboration with French artists Ketty Sean and L’Outsider midway, before the tour concludes with Initiation to Fantastic Realism, a showcase of canvases, screen prints, sculptures, photos and post cards.
by Ruttkowski68 on May 21, 2013
After eight years in the making and journeys taking him across the globe, Nils Müller just published his second photo book Vandals. Following his 2009 publication Blütezeit, Vandals takes the illegal and dangerous activity of graffiti on trains on 192 pages to a more personal level, one that is more detailed and yet, more abstract, too. The photos bear witness to the elaborate level of planning required to carry out the acts. They reveal team spirit as well as heightened emotions and tension, as trainwriters attempt to evade motion detectors and security cameras while scaling barbed wire fences.
Coinciding with the publication of Vandals is this eponymous exhibition showcasing a selection of photographs from the book. Presented in large-sized formats, they bring you closer and deeper into the underbelly of railway graffiti. It’s almost like we are on site ourselves.
Nils Müller is a former graffiti artist who taught himself photography to immortalize his work before it was cleaned up by authorities. It wasn’t long before he realized he wanted to show more than just the defacement of public structures. His photographs elevate graffiti into a sophisticated visual language that thrills both because of its illicit nature and aesthetic value.
by Ruttkowski68 on September 15, 2012
Nothing in Mark Jenkins’s early life pointed to a career in art. The science graduate only became an artist after messing around with packaging tape and discovering its potential as a sculpting material. He created his first life-sized figure made from tape ten years ago and displayed it on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Even then, his sculptures of men, women, babies and animals looked realistic. Since then, Jenkins has made them look even more life-like, by dressing them in second-hand clothes.
Jenkins’s figures have added to street life in cities all around the world. They shift our sense of irony and humor and question their surroundings, too – its accepted realities, norms and conventions. As Jenkins once explained, “If the city was a body, my artworks were like herpes – the body attacks itself.”
by Ruttkowski68 on July 9, 2012
American literary theorist, Walter Benn Michaels, said in his 2007 essay, Photographs and Fossils, “It is in photography rather than in painting… that the most fundamental questions about the limits of representation and the limits of the critique of representation have been raised.” While numerous photographers have proven that point, Asger Carlsen is probably the most recent example.
Between 1991 and 1996, the Dane started out as a photographer who specialized in pure depictions of crime scenes. He soon discovered that he used his camera in an unexpected and unconventional way. In 2006, Carlsen began layering images on top of one another – for example, to create odd-looking faces with many eyes. Even he found his own images shocking. He did not show his work to anyone.
Today, however, the 38-year-old has come to terms with his unusual techniques. He is well known for deconstructions that question both the meaning of photography as well as the prevailing notions of normality and beauty. He is inspired by surrealism and the works of painter Francis Bacon.
Describing himself as a material collector rather than a photographer, Carlsen depicts everyday scenes that are rearranged to represent an “alternative world.” Yet, his mission is to make each image look authentic, as though it had not been retouched at all. ”Although it is obvious that I use Photoshop, it is not the first thing that comes to your mind when you look at my work. That is when Photoshop becomes dynamic!” he says.
by Ruttkowski68 on April 17, 2012
18th-century English painter Thomas Gainsborough once famously said of his competitor Joshua Reynolds, “Damn him, how various he is!” 21st-century designer Henrik Vibskov could provoke similar bursts of envy among his own peers. While the multi-talented Dane is best known for his eponymous fashion label, he is also a fine artist and a musician: he is the drummer of electronic band Trentemøller and exhibits worldwide in museums and galleries.
A 2001 graduate of London’s renowned Central Saint Martins, Vibskov takes an individual approach when it comes to art. What initially appears childlike, spontaneous and carefree is in fact thoroughly elaborated. Vibskov expects his viewers to be jaded, self-aware and savvy, and his artworks question their prevailing assumptions.
‘Panda People,’ his 2009 work, shows the endangered animal as a cuddly creature, but it could also serve as a warning against their extinction, and possibly – as the title intimates – the end of mankind itself. Vibskov’s drawings and installations reveal mesmerizing universes and sets of logic. Going beyond postmodernism, they could even be classified as metamodernism.
Whereas the number 68 of Ruttkowski;68 reminds of the year of birth of the gallery’s passed on namesake Sven Ruttkowksi, 72 pays tribute to Vibskov’s year of birth.
Not to forget the importance of the year 2012: Henrik Vibskov celebrates the first decade of his career. Hence, Ruttkowski68 – Vibskovski;72 inheres a retrospective character.