German street art duo Hera and Akut who work under the Herakut name for their wonderful creations were recently part of Art Basel with their solo exhibition Voice at the Wynwood Embassy. The show formed part of a busy schedule for the duo who also took part in Interactive Workshops involving residents from Here’s Help, an organisation that provides residential and outpatient treatment for substance abuse in young adolescents from the age of 13 and the painting of giant murals while at the Miami Art Week. The Voice show, which ran between December 4th and December 6th 2014 at Wynwood Embassy, included a selection of wondrous characters from the minds of Herakut that came to life through paintings, drawings, prints, indoor installations, sculptures and murals. The joint creative process of Herakut is a constant dialogue between the artists and the public, storytelling on a massive scale that takes viewers into imaginary worlds. During the creation of the works, Hera creates the forms and proportions while Akut adds the photorealistic touches while the remainder is decided and created jointly. Voice at Miami Art Week offered the chance to become immersed in the imagination of Herakut whether it is through the dark toned canvasses created for the show full of strange figures and creatures, slightly dark in theme but created with a real sense of gentleness and beautiful mark making or the playful sculptures. Then of course there are the murals, the fairytale characters blown up to enormous proportions that one can’t help to get lost in and this proved the case with the appearance of a brand new mural created during the week called I Dreamt I Was Human. It Was a...Nightmare.
Surely one of the highlights of the Herakut week in Miami was the appearance of a new large mural going by the name of I Dreamt I Was a Human. It Was a...Nightmare. The impressive mural features a reclining figure that once again falls into an imaginary world combining the human and animal world while the title leads us to question our role in life as a human, perhaps living in a story would be more fun than the rat race we have to survive in.
The duo of Hera (Jasmin Siddiqui) and Akut (Falk Lehman) have worked under the Herakut name since 2004, creating a legacy of successful work around the world where their murals can be seen in many cities while at the same time creating a stunning body of work as they experiment with different material, formats and methods. Integral to the creations of the duo is the theme of storytelling, to be able to pull the viewer into a narrative achieved by adding text to many of the pictures that relates somehow to the life of the character they have created in that particular artwork. What one can’t ignore about the work of Herakut is its undeniable beauty that is impossible not to get lost in.
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Photos courtesy of Herakut & Wynwood Embassy.
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