The exhibition COWBOYLAND celebrating 15 years of the heliumcowboy artspace has opened on July 15 with a wonderful opening event for the whole family with music, kids entertainment and a barbecue. At this very unique show, 55 artists from around the world are exhibiting one small to medium sized work each at the gallery in Hamburg. The show is open until August 26, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 pm – 6 pm and by appointment. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visiting time.
This is my work for the show: "The Bronco Buster Revisited". It is quoting the most famous statue of the Old American West, the Bronco Buster by Frederic Remington, first cast in bronze in 1895 (this very first cast of many stands in the Oval Office, by the way). Of course I took my liberties with it. And placed it into a modern day environment instead of the plains of Kentucky. But despite the contemporary urban setting there is a lot of that Americana-feeling in this piece.
This work also took me to a new level of creating stage-like, sculptural woodcuts. Despite it being smaller sized in regards to the wall space (48 x 48 cm / 18.9 x 18.9 "), it comes 65 cm (25.6 ") out of the wall and can be viewed from all angles (front and sides), creating new perspectives when you move around. It is not a true three dimensional piece of course, I'd call it "fake 3-D", because it is completely made from the planks I usually use for my woodcuts and built a little bit like a wooden toy on a theatre stage.
Well, enough said. I hope these images do it justice, as usual it is rather difficult to show in photographs. Hope you can see it live at some point, it makes a lot more sense then.