Since 1991 I fully devote my time to the arts, leaving behind my previous profession as a “digital manipulator” of advertising visuals. Quickly understanding that a wide horizon inspires my work I started to explore. Over the last 25 years, I have learned a lot about my individual, conscious and subconscious approaches to values and emotions that influence my thinking. Going through many different stages, my thoughts were always focused on the homo sapiens.
Even that most of the times there is no human being pictured, WE are always there, represented by all our inventions, feelings, needs, wishes … shown through different kinds of „left overs“. I love to play with opposites, not everything I show should be taken too serious, mostly is to start a progress, contrary to expectations.
My latest series „Temples“ is reacting to what happens around us. Religions are changing, they always were. They disappear and others pop up. It is just a matter of time. But what is your religion now? Are you still surfing on the ruins of our history, or did you step into the new faith generation? Do you „believe“ in yourself more than you should, bringing it up to a big ME, ME, ME? Are you full of desire, dying for sex, money, luxury, fashion or even the arts? Is it never enough? Do you literally kneel in front of your desires, do you feel lonely without them? Go close and watch the temples, maybe find yourself, maybe your biggest enemy. and then, if you think you understood, start thinking the opposite.
– Helmut Grill
Featured image: Helmut Grill – Between too much and too little, 2016. 80 x 53 cm. Edition of 3. C-Print. Photo courtesy 5 Pieces Gallery. © Helmut Grill