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  • Berlin Art Project
  • Berlin Art Project
  • Berlin Art Project
  • Berlin Art Project

Wrong Heroes or Brave Lunatics

December 9, 2014
Sanja Lazic was born in 1990 in Belgrade, Serbia. While studying Journalism at the Faculty of Political Sciences, she discovered that her love towards investigating and exploring is much deeper than she thought. She enrolled into numerous projects including authorship on a student radio and TV station, and worked as a PR and journalist for the Belgrade Jazz Festival two years in a row. Her interest in art comes from a very early age and although she didn’t have the talent to pursue it professionally, she enjoys every day working and writing about it. Her favorite urban artists are Interesni Kazki, Saner and Phlegm. You can contact Sanja via sanja.lazic@widewalls.ch.

For the Hamburg born artist Daniel Harms, art wasn’t something he planned on becoming his profession. After moving to Berlin in 2007, Harms trained to become a retail salesman but several years later he joined a band and started living a rock‘n’roll life. However, after surviving a serious accident he was forced to quit music and art became an important aspect of his life. His girlfriend, an artist herself, encouraged Harms to take on painting. It quickly became his passion and outlet for his inner emotions and development. Although a self-taught painter, Harms’ work attracted a lot of attention and gained critical acclaim. After Redux and Hold Tight, his third big series of works entitled Falsche Helden oder Mutige Irre. The idea for the title comes from Stanley Kubrick‘s film ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and, according to Harms, characterizes the quoted masters, who during their lifetime where mistakenly seen as eccentrics, only gaining recognition as geniuses after their death. The show is on world tour and, after Istanbul, arrives in Berlin.

Berlin Art Project
Daniel Harms – Weiblicher Akt

Remastering the Masters

For his latest series, Daniel Harms was inspired by eight old masters, namely Bacon, Beckmann, Caravaggio, Goya and Picasso, along with Pollock, Rubens and Schiele. His artistic process used for the exhibition the artist calls “remastering” – he deconstructs the originals and then ‘remasters’ both the content and the form into a new truly original piece of art. This way, by using the collage-technique, Daniel breaks already familiar conventions to form his new personal expressive style. However, Harms carefully chose this technique in order to move away from the possible copying allegations. Every single one of his works is authentically Harms’ and an original. Also, each work bears the mark of his own personal struggle with inner conflicts and show the process the artist has undergone.

Berlin Art Project
Daniel Harms – Saturn devouring his son

On View Until January

The exhibition Falsche Helden oder mutige Irre that opened December 5th at Berlin Art Project will portray Daniel Harms’ perspective on some of the most significant works in art history. For example, Picasso uses the age-old concept of the Minotaur in his art by showing it as a dominant figure in the man-woman-relationship. Harms, however, adopts the motive, but depicts the Minotaur facing away from the woman, withdrawn, defiant and almost childlike. This places the motive in a modern-day context and displays how one traditional theme can be transformed in the artist’s inner mind.

Falsche Helden oder mutige Irre will be on view until January 18, 2015 at Berlin Art Project.

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Berlin Art Project
Daniel Harms – Minotaur
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Daniel Harms – Male and Female

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