We bring you another magnificent piece by one of our favorite duos in street art: Herakut. The 80cm x 60cm ‘swinging dog’ piece is one of Herakut’s mixed media artworks. They create the 3-D swing effect by deconstructing the framed canvas and placing the dog in between the torn canvas pieces. Artistically reoccurring is the pug. Like on many other Herkaut artworks the pug is depicted with children or as in this piece alone. The pug is the central imagery of “Swing”. Characteristic for Herakut they play with the concept of anthropomorphism. Herakut transfer the human ability of grasping ropes onto the pug, giving the animal a childish appearance. The pullover and the party rest do the rest to remind us of a little kid sitting on a swing. The child theme completes the Herakut palette of reoccurrence in “Swing”.
Herakut is a symbiosis of the aliases Hera and Akut, two graffiti artists from Frankfurt and Erfurt, Germany. Herakut is an artist with four hands: those of Akut the graffiti artist, and those of Hera the painter. Their collaboration started when they first met in 2004. Both were invited to paint at the Urban Art Festival Sevilla in Spain and before that time had only seen each other’s work in graffiti magazines. To everyone and themselves it was clear that despite the fact they both focused on character painting their styles had nothing in common whatsoever. And that has not changed a bit. Since 2004, Herakut has been combining Akut’s photorealist spray paint with Hera’s more traditional techniques such as charcoal and acrylic. Hera is a classically trained painter who “creates gestural, emotional figures in a freestyle manner using numerous tools including spray cans, brushes, and her hands.” Akut is completely self-taught yet is skilled in creating hyper-realistic images of animals and flesh using only a spray can. “What initially seemed like an unlikely pairing both conceptually and technically has since become one of the foremost collaborations in urban art and an innovative presence in contemporary painting.” Both artists express themselves on different bases: canvas, wood or paper. Their profoundly contrasting methods give birth to stylized works which decorate the streets with their strange uniqueness.