The work "The Bronco Buster Revisited" quotes the most famous statue of the Old American West, the Bronco Buster by Frederic Remington, first cast in bronze in 1895 (one of the very first casts 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.
PS: This work was first shown at the exhibition COWBOYLAND celebrating 15 years of the heliumcowboy artspace that opened on in summer 2017 with a wonderful opening event (watch the video here). At this very unique show, 55 artists from around the world exhibited one work each at the gallery in Hamburg.
Guys, we are getting closer to a very special event - in a bit more than a month I hope many of you will join me to celebrate 15 years of heliumcowboy artspace, the gallery I have founded in the year 2002 in a small space in Hamburg St.Pauli, a stone's throw away from the Millerntorstadium.
I have invited 57 artists for COWBOYLAND, our anniversary show opening July 15, that we will celebrate not only at the current gallery space in the Neustadt, but also in the backyard with a sweet summer party program, starting early in the afternoon at 3 pm!
I am so thrilled about the incredible line-up we got together for this, so happy that all these amazing artists confirmed to show with us on this special day:
4000 * 56K/Ole Utikal * ADAMEVA * Adrian Landon Brooks * Alex Diamond * Alekseij Mirnij * Alex Yanes * Andrea Wan * Antonio Santin * Beau Stanton * Ben Tolman * Ben Venom * Blami * Boris Hoppek * Casey McKee * Christophe Lambert * David Shillinglaw * Elmar Lause * Frank Rösner * Gary Taxali * Heiko Müller * Heiko Zahlmann * Jan Kaláb * Henning Kles * Jade Townsend * Jay Olé * Jaybo Monk * Jeff Soto * Jens Rausch * Jeremy Fish * Jim Avignon * Jo Fischer * Jon Burgerman * Jon Todd * Julia Benz * Mario Kleinschmidt * Mercedes Helnwein * melv12* Michel Lamoller * Mikael Takács * Milos Koptak * Miroir Noir * moki * Morten Andersen * Pandarosa * Rai Escalé * Rainer Boronowski * Rune Christensen * Ryan Monahan * Samuel Basset * Stefan Groenveld * The London Police * Victor Castillo * Volkano * Wasted Rita * Will Barras * Zezão
hugs & kisses ❤️ & thank you for 15 great years!
Facebook event: Cowboyland - the first 15 years of the heliumcowboy artspace
More info at heliumcowboy.com
Three of my brand new multi-layered woodcuts are currently on display in a huge exhibition in Hamburg. This show by Jenny Falckenberg Unique Art Concepts takes place in the museum-like settings of the backrooms of the Rebelle Pop-Up Boutique on Hamburg's finest shopping streets, Neuer Wall 72. It features work by Billi Methé, Franziska Stünkel, Christian Awe and Karl Göhrlich.
I have a very large space to present artwork from 2013 until today. It is some kind of unexpected (smaller) Retrospective of my art. If you are in Hamburg and you are interested in Alex Diamond, you should head over and check it out. I will be there again some time on Saturday, May 13 (last day of the show!). Drop me a mail if you want to have a tour: email@example.com
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 7 pm, Sat 10 am - 6 pm.
Exhibition ends Saturday May 13 - hope you can make it!
And please check the video below to get an idea for the exhibition.
If you do not wish to see the uncensored artwork of this series, if you are under age or if you have problems with explicit sexual images, please do not click the image or the link below to view the full story.
„Everyday Problems: The Shunga Series“ is a new series of mostly small format woodcuts, that I started in March 2017. It is very different compared to my main body of work in regards to theme/background and visualization, but not in aesthetics, technique or style. It is a side-project, and to better understand why I use pornographic images in context with written (carved) descriptions of everyday problems, please continue reading here.
The first six works premiere at the Galerie Wolfsen in Aalborg in the group exhibition URBAN EYE, opening April 22nd (until May 13). I will be showing alongside an amazing line up of artists: El Mac, DOPPELDENK, STRØK, Claus Frederikson, Rune Christensen and ECK (Konrad Beikirch). I will be in attendance at the opening in Aalborg (Saturday April 22, 11 am – 2 pm).
„Brothers In Arms“ is a sculptural, multi-layered woodcut, painted and brushed/sponged with acrylic paint. One layer is additionally covered in transparent resin. It was produced in Hamburg in my studio between February 27and March 6, 2017.
„Brothers In Arms“ is another work in my most recent series, creating a dialogue between nature and urbanity in todays society.
Like „Welcome To Bear Mountain“ and „The World Is Yours Baby“, this piece is a dioramic wall-sculpture, but a rather small version in comparison. It is probably the smallest I can go with my technique of blending woodcut with carpentery, cut outs and painting.
The work is composed like a theatre stage - with plenty elements of drama. For a little bit more background you can read more here, it is pretty much based on a similar subject as „Welcome To Bear Mountain“, but with a focus on the strength of solidarity.
This work will be shown at Galerie Wolfsen (Exhibition opening April 8, 2017). Please inquire with the gallery for more information.
„Welcome To Bear Mountain“ is a sculptural, multi-layered woodcut, painted and brushed/sponged with acrylic paint. One layer is additionally covered in transparent resin. It was produced in Hamburg in my studio between January 26 and February 14, 2017.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
In my recent work „Welcome To Bear Mountain“, I am once again creating a dialogue between nature and urbanity in todays society. The larger-than-life bear resting on the hilltop; the various people climbing or standing on top of him, holding flares, flags or each others; the high-rise buildings in the background as a contrast to the mountain range in the front - there are a lot of details to discover and explore in this dioramic wall-sculpture. The work is composed almost like a theatre play - with plenty elements of drama.
There are signs of fiery protest and revolution (the flares, the flags, the propaganda-poster-like posture of the trio on top), there is a huge calmness (in the bear and the mountains) and there is hope, in the shape of the masked child and the father figure holding it fast and secure.
You are welcome to join - thus the title - and take your part in this play. Find your own characters and explanations and stories. Choose your side and pick your role. Get involved. Even if you are not into acting and more the spectator-kind of guy: that‘s totally cool, but don‘t just lean back and relax - stay alert.
That is the underlying inspiration for the work: Let‘s jointly face the tasks at hand, which in the state of the world we live in right now are to resist and to prevent and to care. We have to stand together, and the (in this story purely fictional) ‚Bear Mountain‘ is a place where everyone is welcome.
It is probably to easy (and wrong) to file this piece solely under ‚political‘. For me it is full of the romantic and passionate voice I tell all my stories with. But it surely takes a critical stance in a more obvious way than some of my other work. Being more direct and blunt here of course is a concession to current times. When democracy and human values are at risk, holding still and hiding somewhere in front of theTelevision and behind Facebook (etc) is not an option: „You will not be able to stay home, brother / You will not be able to plug in, turn on and drop out“ (Gil Scott-Heron, ‚The Revolution Will Not Be Televised‘, 1970).
But again I have to stop myself here from going too far into the details and the background of the work. I firmly believe that this piece can have a completely different meaning and significance to whoever gets close enough to explore it.
Whis is part of the luxury in art: It is my luxury to spend countless hours in the studio (or wherever I roam, actually), meandering in my thoughts and working away with sharp blades and wood. It is the viewers luxury to get inspired to let her or his personal thoughts wander - or to just give a fuck, of course ...
Whatever your part in „Welcome to Bear Mountain“ will be - I hope you enjoy this work as much as I did creating and building it.
Jörg Heikhaus aka Alex Diamond, February 2017.