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WEAPONS OF MASS SEDUCTION 2 WITH VICTOR CASTILLO

Video from the opening of the exhibition "Weapons Of Mass Seduction 2" by Philip Simon / Silberblick.co

This winter, from November 11 – December 15, my friend and fellow artist Victor Castillo and me embark once again on the journey of a joint exhibition. A cooperation we begun in 2014 with the first edition of "Weapons Of Mass Seduction" - we feel our work fits very well together, in it we tell stories of similar reference and we do have the same taste in art, movies and music, which mirrors a lot in our pop-oriented creations. A perfect match, despite the very different techniques we use.

We always wanted to do a sequel to this 2014 show, and finally we managed to find the time and the support for a second edition. While our concept is not exclusively tied to the heliumcowboy gallery in Hamburg, it was the most obvious to do it here again.  Which said - we are both open to show the third edition in a different city, country and gallery ...

Anyway. The Opening on Nov 11 was a blast! Here are a lot of gallery views from the exhibition. There will be a video and some images later from the opening, too. And all the exhibited artwork can be found on the gallery's artsy-page.  

Oh and here's a video from the opening back in 2014 ....

Video from the exhibition Victor Castillo & Alex Diamond WEAPONS OF MASS SEDUCTION September 13-27, 2014, in Hamburg presented by heliumcowboy gallery / Film by Kool Motion Pictures / Tobias Sundermann / Music: Walkin' by NITRO17 

We ain't in Alaska ... | woodcut, Aug–Sept 2014

Alex Diamond: (We ain‘t in Alaska, but) It appears to me that the dark has a lot more territory.
Multi-layered woodcut, acrylic paint, 120 x 160 x 10 cm (2014)

This is the biggest woodcut to date that I created using multiple layers of wood - these works are very sculptural and deep, but still wall mounted. 'We ain't in Alaska..." took 4 weeks to be completed. As usual with my woodcuts, it is extremely difficult to judge them when you are not looking at the originals - it is very difficult to capture the depth and the craftmanhip involved from a jpeg. Well, here's some more details, they may help.

In case you are interested in the availability of the artwork, please contact sales@heliumcowboy.com 

New woodcuts 2014 | from 'Weapons Of Mass Seduction'

Here are some of the the brand new woodcuts from my joint exhibition 'Weapons Of Mass Seduction' with fellow artist Victor Castillo in Hamburg, September 13–27, 2014.

I have added a special resin to my work materials I am using in my woodcutting, next to the blades and acrylic paint.  

If you are interested in available artworks, please contact sales@heliumcowboy.com


Name one thing in this world that is not negotiable

Alex Diamond: Name one thing in this world that is not negotiable.
Woodcut, acrylic paint, resin, 50 x 70 x 3cm (2014)


I've been at peace with that for a very long time

Alex Diamond: I‘ve been at peace with that for a very long time.
Woodcut, acrylic paint, resin, 50 x 70 x 3cm (2014)


Just gotta look a man in his eyes. It's all there.

Alex Diamond: Just gotta look a man in his eyes. It‘s all there.
Woodcut, acrylic paint, resin, 50 x 70 x 3cm (2014)


Black Hole Sun I & II

Alex Diamond: Black Hole Sun I
Woodcut, acrylic paint, resin, 40 x 40 x 3 cm (2014)

Alex Diamond: Black Hole Sun II
Woodcut, acrylic paint, resin, 30 x 40 x 3 cm (2014)

Sept 13: Weapons of Mass Seduction | Exhibition with Victor Castillo

I am very happy to announce my upcoming exhibition WEAPONS OF MASS SEDUCTION at heliumcowboy, featuring the first team-up show with Victor Castillo.

This exhibition opens September 13, 7 - 11 pm, at a temporary space in the beautifully restored Holstenhof (right around the corner from the heliumcowboy gallery space).

Exhibition runs from September 13 - 27, 2014, the opening hours during the exhibition will be announced soon.

Additionally, heliumcowboy partners with Reeperbahn Festival and will hold another public reception on Wednesday, September 17, from 7 - 11 pm.

Here's the link to the facebook event, and here's some more information:

‘Weapons Of Mass Seduction’ is the title of the first joint exhibition of Victor Castillo and Alex Diamond (aka Jörg Heikhaus). When the two first met in 2006, Heikhaus, the founder of heliumcowboy, started to represent Victor with his gallery exclusively in Germany.

But their relationship grew larger than that, and became a friendship, and so they started developing a concept for a joint exhibition. The idea took shape when they discovered that they both share the same orientation of their artistic content: Even if they use different materials and styles to express their art (painting/Victor Castillo vs. woodcuts/Alex Diamond), they both understand themselves as visual storyteller in a pop cultural world. One very important element in both their work is the topic of seduction, their artwork deciphering the perceptual overload in everyday life. This way they uncover the seduction everyone is exposed to daily through media, social events and politics. The title of the exhibition is a direct reference to this shared approach.

’Weapons Of Mass Seduction’ is the first exhibition which gets together these two artists. The concept is developed between Los Angeles and Hamburg, the cities where Castillo and Diamond live. In order to emphasize the specific characteristic of this joint exhibition, “Weapons Of Mass Seduction“ is not shown in the space of heliumcowboy, but in an amazing location around the corner: a brand new store in the Holstenhof , a freshly renovated Art Nouveau building (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße 79-87, thanks to the kind support of ALSTRIA Office REIT AG).
— heliumcowboy.com

These are some of the brand new works Victor and I will be showing:

Victor Castillo: Smoke in the Shadows, Acrylic on canvas, 86 x 76 cm (2014)

Alex Diamond: I've been at peace with that for a very long time, Acrylic, Resin, Woodcut, 50 x 70 x 3 cm (2014)