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11.11 | Victor Castillo & Alex Diamond: WEAPONS OF MASS SEDUCTION 2

Vernissage: Saturday, November 11, 7 – 11 PM 
Exhibition from November 11 – December 15, 2017
Opening hours: thursdays - fridays 2 - 6 pm

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Finally it is here: "Weapons Of Mass Seduction 2" (in short: WOMS 2), the long awaited Sequel of the 2014 duo exhibition by chilean artist Victor Castillo and Hamburg based artist Alex Diamond (aka Jörg Heikhaus). After the huge success of their first show "Weapons of Mass Seduction", the two friends want to raise their game in November. 

It is a very special, very unique combination: Victor Castillo with his special style of painting, inspired by vintage comic-like creatures from popular media, placed into post apocalyptic scenes, and Alex Diamond with his wooden sculptures, showing his craftmanship as well as his artistic creativity. 

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BACKGROUND

“Weapons Of Mass Seduction” was the title of the first joint exhibition of Castillo and Diamond  in 2014. 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 beyond this and they became close friends. Soon they started to develop a concept for a joint exhibition - the project “Weapons Of Mass Seduction” was born. Both artists, although in different techniques, styles and materials, understand themselves as visual storytellers in a pop cultural world. One very important element in both their work is the topic of seduction, with 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.

Like in the first exhibition „Weapons Of Mass Seduction“ in 2014 the artworks will be installed not separated by artist but in a mixed way, to create a visual and content-related dialogue. Castillo will bring some large format paintings on canvas, repainted historical prints and book pages, as well as ink drawings from Los Angeles to Hamburg. Alex Diamond shows his newest multi layered, sculptural woodcuts and a very special series of his photo drawings. There will also be a wood-installation build by Alex Diamond and completed with painting by Victor Castillo. 

 

photos from the 2014 exhibition | photos from the 2014 vernissage 

VICTOR CASTILLO

Victor Castillo.Born and raised in Chile in the 70ies, the life of Victor Castillo begins with disillusion. Under General Pinochet Chile was a place without a liberal cultural life, artistic individualism or free development of talent. Driven by anger and frustration, Castillo began to handle the oppression in an artistic way.

His images evoke (pretended) idyllic settings taken from vintage comics, cartoons and  mainstream media, but for the viewer they appear threatening, gloomy and diabolic. His protagonists are figures from children books with black holes instead of eyes. Besides symbolizing blindness, this is a metaphor for social ignorance. The often romantic landscapes in the background stand in strong contrast to the cruel and bizarre visions happening in the foreground. In Castillo‘s work the social chaos seems to be dangerously close. The choice of a dark color range and the baroque light complete the effect of a corrupted innocence. His paintings stand out with their theatrical abstractions of tragicomically situations paired with the artists strong sense for black humor. 

Victor Castillo combines the cliché-laden images of comics with the traditional paintings of old Spanish masters like de Goya or Velázquez. Castillo is likely to be ascribed to a genre called Pop Surrealism. However, because his artworks have political and ambiguous meanings, he sees himself beyond this context. Victor Castillo lives and works in Los Angeles, USA, and is shown by well-known galleries such as  KP Projects (Merry Karnowski), Jonathan LeVine. Isabel Croxatto Galeria, Corey Helford, Iguapop and others. He is exclusively represented in Germany by heliumcowboy since 2006.

www.victor-castillo.com
Instagram: @victor_castillo_art

Victor Castillo: We Were All To Be Kings IV, Acryl auf Leinwand, 200 x 250 cm, 2017

 

ALEX DIAMOND

Alex Diamond in the studio.Alex Diamond was initiated as a stand-alone art project by Jörg Heikhaus in 2004. Although it has outlived its original intent, it has become his stage name as an artist.

Essentially being a determined and straightforward storyteller, most of his artwork can be seen as an exploration of contemporary culture and its recurring social recognition patterns, with strong references to popular content and aesthetics.

Known for skillfully employing a vast variety of different techniques and crafts over the years, the majority of his oeuvre today consists of his distinctive trademark woodwork: multi-layered, meticulously and highly detailed sculptural woodcuts, blended with diverse painting and pigmenting styles.

Jörg Heikhaus has been an artist since 1987. He founded the heliumcowboy gallery in 2002 and worked as a curator for large art projects since. Today he spends most of his time creating his complex woodwork or rare and intricate drawings and is only executing a representational and consulting role within the heliumcowboy organization.

www.alexdiamond.net
instagram: @alexxxdiamond

Alex Diamond: The Love Me Or Die, skulpturaler Holzschnitt, Holz und Acrylfarbe, 85 x 72 x 18 cm, 2017