BC Gallery is proud to present KARAMBOLAGE a duo exhibition by Heiko Zahlmann & Stohead. The opening reception will be on Saturday, April 2nd, from 2 – 6 pm. The exhibition is open to the public for viewing through May 7th.
Saturday, 2nd April, 2 – 6 pm
2nd April – 7th May
Wednesday – Saturday, 1 – 6 pm
Heiko Zahlmann and Christoph Hässler, aka Stohead. These are two names, two styles, two stories intertwined. Both having been born in 1973, both taking on Graffiti in the late eighties, both traveling the world together and even sharing a studio for some years have produced countless works around the world. After this long period of working side by side the two artists went their separate ways and developed an individual abstract style derived from their own style of writing. Stohead began developing more and more towards an organic deconstruction of lettering and Heiko Zahlmann towards a very geometrical, almost architectural distortion of his writing style. They have found back together again to combine and clash their styles.
About Heiko Zahlmann
For years Heiko Zahlmann was active worldwide in urban areas, made concrete walls his image carriers. His graffiti past is evident in his work today. Concrete, color, font and often sitespecific details – the basic elements remain the same. And yet his work has evolved considerably. His spatial wall works move between architecture, sculpture, painting and drawing. Working in situ, they refer to the area and its surrounding. Writing still forms the base for the now three dimensional shapes, but in its highly abstract form recognizable only at a second glance. Zahlmann was born in Hamburg in 1973. After having painted hundreds of graffitis he was included among others in the Guinness Book of World Records. His oeuvre today lies with galleries and institutions, including the City Gallery Prague, the Kunsthalle Krems, the art space Kreuzberg-Berlin, at de Pury & Luxembourg and the Museum for Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. Some of his murals are permanently installed, including the Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg, FBC Frankfurt as well as in several private collections. In addition, works in public spaces continue to emerge. Zahlmann lives and works in Hamburg.
Berlin based artist Christoph Hässler aka Stohead, was born in 1973 in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. His first graffiti experiences date back to 1989 and in 1999 he joined the artist group „Getting-Up“ with whom he created some of the biggest graffiti murals and exhibitions in the early stages of the new graffiti art movement. Stohead has always focused his work around the art of writing and plays with all kinds of different handwritten letterings. His journey from classic tag lettering to abstract painting has brought him to the complete decomposition of letters to an absolute abstract form. It is in this decomposition in which he has developed his unique painting style using several different techniques and media. Due to the fact that his techniques very often require precision and speed alike the level of concentration and energy needed to compose his works are drawn from the strong, everyday emotions that influence us all. Love, hate, ambition, needs etc.