Herakut - After The Laughter book signing & new works
Private view: Thursday 31st May / 6pm -9pm
On display: May 31st – June 10th 2012
The Gallery, 99 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 2TF London.
Curated by Shea & Ziegler in collaboration with Moniker Projects.
Shea & Ziegler are proud to announce Herakut’s much anticipated return to London, the duo’s first since 2008. Alongside an collection of all new artworks the German pair will be unveiling and signing copies of their new book ‘After The Laughter’, which offers an intimate insight into the individuals behind their emotionally-charged artwork and dynamic partnership. Designed as a revealing scrapbook ‘After The Laughter’ is hand-crafted by both Hera and Akut, and features all new murals, works on canvas, and sketches. The book is collaged with images in different mediums and includes revealing photographs of the duo, both at work and at play. All elements are woven into a multilayered, poetic reflection on art and its role in the world, with a range of freeform ideas penned artfully on the book pages in Herakut’s signature lettering. Masking-tape edges and crossed out pencil confessions complete the personal, forthright style — an open invitation into the frenzied minds and rapid-fire hands of a unique artistic team.
Herakut - After The Laughter
Limited Edition box set
Alongside the launch, Herakut will be exhibiting a collection of new work consisting of original paintings, drawings and sculptures. Evidenced by their recent sold-out show in Los Angeles’s, the duo have firmly established themselves as one of the genre’s leading collectible names, with admirers including Jim Carrey and Macy Gray. Exclusive to Shea & Ziegler, Herakut will present a Limited Edition Box-set including a signed and numbered lithograph print alongside a signed copy of ‘After the Laughter’ set in a silkscreen-printed presentation box. The box-set will officially go on sale at the opening reception on May 31st, and is limited to an edition of just 100.
Herakut is an artist duo consisting of Jasmin Siddiqui, born 1981 in Frankfurt, West Germany, and Falk Lehmann, born 1977 in Schmalkalden, East Germany. Their artistic style is as symbiotic as their name, which is itself a combination of the two individual graffiti pseudonyms Hera and Akut. A love for traveling and painting for the public eye are just a few of the things Akut and Hera have in common. Their work is based on bringing together contrasting elements: masculine vs. feminine, Eastern vs. Western, the ruggedness of Street Arts vs. the detail of Fine Arts. Since 2004, Herakut have painted and exhibited in prestigious cities including London, Berlin, New York and Paris, as well as spending valuable time painting unorthodox sites in less glamorous cities such as Ekaterinburg in Russia and Campeche, Mexico. Both of Herakut’s publications, ‘The Perfect Merge’ published in 2009 and 2011’s ‘After the Laughter’ have received great acclaim, with the two books selling over 10,000 copies worldwide.
Urban Fine Art at The Gallery, 99 Mount Street
Shea & Ziegler and Moniker Projects are pleased to announce a series of Fine Art events with their roots firmly embeded in urban culture. Taking place in the heart of London’s Contemporary Art district, the programme will culminate in a live-painting installation at this year’s edition of the exclusive Mayfair Garden Party. Affirming the prominence of Urban Fine Art on today’s contemporary art agenda, this month-long showcase will bring some of the movement’s most pivotal progenitors and practitioners to an ever-widening audience of astute art collectors, dealers, and investors. Evidence for the convergence of this burgeoning movement with the Contemporary Art market has already been witnessed worldwide and we look forward to strengthening its reputation within (this enclave of) London’s Fine Art community.
Shea & Ziegler - Contemporary Fine Art Curators
Curators Tina Ziegler and Moniker co-founder Frankie Shea have cemented their working relationship following on from the success of their exhibitions curated for Moniker Projects.
Californian Ziegler, now residing between Barcelona & London has created a name for herself through exhibiting the work of some of the most renowned international proponents of the pop surrealist art movement. In 2010, Ziegler published Hunt and Gather Art - a hardcover publication that features the work of 40 international artists. She was listed as one of London’s top 20 cultural engineers as part of the Dream Factory project supported by Honda.
Frankie Shea, who founded Campbarbossa gallery in 2005 quickly found his place as a leading tastemaker in the finer side of the street art movement. Shea founded and curated the Moniker Art Fair in 2010 and since has gone on to work with brands such as Adidas, Montana Cans &
Wagamama promoting the work of national and international emerging and established artists.
Shea & Ziegler have curated exhibitions for galleries, museums and the Moniker Art Fair 2011. They are a primary source of works for artists Ben Eine, Dabs Myla, Herakut, Luke Chueh and Matt Small..
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