In COMING OFF THE WALL, the three artists, Christian August, Mike Okay and Ingo Albrecht exhibit painted works that question the identity of the artist, the work, subjects and techniques. Their shared personal and professional histories are their starting point: all three artists are from Halle, where they came of age among the graffiti scene of the 90s and founded their collective, KLUB7.
With the help of grants from the Art Foundation of the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the Kloster Bergeschen Foundation, the three artists were able to engage with this shared history. The rough, dirty, sprayed walls of the public space served as their inspiration. The effort to bring this expression to canvas affected their thinking and work. They explored their understanding of space, how places influence their work, and how, in turn they become changed by the process.
This constant reference to architecture is reflected in all three of the artists’ works. For Christian August, it’s an inviting painting surface for one’s own images, a skin between the private and public real. Mike Okay uses memories linked to places as motifs, and Ingo Albrecht fashions new images built from architectural forms.
The works, marked by handwriting and experiment, include many blank spaces and “buffs” (traces left when graffiti is removed). Surfaces with with diffuse traces of material also inspired the three artists. On these ruins of form and content, they created new images that playfully overcome existing orders, liquefying boundaries and loosening up the creative process. The result are three independent pieces that consist of large-format canvases accompanied by publications, installations and interventions in the public space.
The exhibit creates a dialogue that emphasises both the individual language of the forms and the relationships between the works. The new findings, the technical and creative experiments, and the resulting discourse will create new inspirations for the artists collective. The resulting works thus testify, above all, to the creative power of collaborative art.
Born in 1977 in Halle (Saale) and studied design at the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 2007.
Born in 1980 in Halle-Neustadt (Saale), studied design at the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. He lives and works in Halle (Saale).
Born in 1979 in Halle-Neustadt (Saale), studied design at the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 2009.
KLUB7 is an artists collective from Berlin and Halle. Over the course of 20 years of collaborative work, the various positions of the six artists (Dani Daphne, Christian August, Ingo Albrecht, Lowskii, Mike Okay, Otto Baum) have created a collective style influenced by graffiti, large surface paintings and interventions in the public sphere. KLUB7 works on the cutting edge between free and applied art, graphics and painting, abstract and figurative expression. The resulting works are relaxed and playful, characterized by a variety of colors, shapes and handmade charm. They have been exhibited in international exhibitions and in interdisciplinary cooperations.
Supported by Kunststiftung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt and the Kloster Bergesche Stiftung