The artist AL is an autodidact and has been artistically active for more than 25 years. Having grown up in the Frankfurt milieu, rebellion against the existing social system and against injustice has shaped his life early on, and thereafter his art. His art book DENKSTAHL. art of a rebellious mind presents those pieces of his work that are as strong in words as they are in pictures. The biographical book includes poetry, prose texts, and more than 160 pictures, that are assumingly aimed to »disillusion« you.

DIGITAL ART meets STREET ART – Inspired by the contemporary trend of street art and the possibilities of the digital art form, AL created his Digit-AL Streetart. Virtual presence has increasingly played a role in urban art and the conquest of public space. Especially among the newbies of the street art scene, a photograph of the work is just as important as the original on the street. These photos on the net are conquering the digital public space in the same way. While the real images are weathered and tend to disappear over time, the digital clone endures in virtual space.

First Contact by DENKSTAHL

AL‘s works are thematically concerned with confronting the »illusory world«. He irritates, reflects, provokes, in order to repeatedly question all that exists in terms of meaning and justification. He loves to play with words as well as with colors; alienating and distorting the meaning of common symbols. The message within the texts and images go beyond socially critical and ethical contents, and not only address questions of humanity, but also the sense and self-fulfillment within a superficial and consumer-oriented world. AL‘s statements are deep and tough, and for some people they may have a deterrent effect.

All Trash by DENKSTAHL

Hard Time by DENKSTAHL

Humanity or the art of being human

We all have an idea of humanity and, consciously or not, evaluate and categorize behavior as being  »human« or »inhuman«. But what exactly does it mean to be human? What is humankind or humanity? Philosophical approaches define »human« in the sense of being »ethically...

Digital Money Art by DENKSTAHL – powered by NFTs

In the summer of 2021 I purchased some DENKSTAHL artworks. In addition to the very beautiful artworks, I received a certificate signed by the artist for each piece, confirming the authenticity and uniqueness of these artworks. This additional certification is...

The art of not being an artist

My primary interest in art does not lie in the sphere of craftwork or techniques. Neither do I try to deliver appealing results appropriate for, or adapted to the viewer. The latter idea in particular exists in thousands upon thousands of versions. I call this kind of...

Just imagine, we would only be heads – HEADS I

The series HEADS by DENKSTAHL reinvents portraiture with political, religious and historical content. His digital collages are rich in well-known symbols and new-modern logos. The symbols make the artworks a narrative. With his pictures, DENKSTAHL tells his own...

Dedicated to the children of tomorrow

Images and texts that I have dedicated to the children of this world. For love, truth, freedom and life!What A Wonderful World There’s a human child in discomfortas if they’re cutting his heart out.No-one takes any noticeof all the ongoing anguish.We hear him whining,...

And then when we leave someday

»And then when we leave someday, you'll miss us, ‘cause We are aliens.« We are aliens – this phrase from Marteria's song »Aliens«, if you just let it sink in for a moment, has the potential to constitute a whole philosophy, an attitude towards life, or even religion....

Just imagine, we would only be heads – HEADS II

In the second part of the HEADS series, DENKSTAHL portrays celebrities of modern history. It is the movie stars, music stars, art stars, political stars and sports stars of a pop culture, it is the geniuses, heroes and legends that DENKSTAHL honors on his digital...

Holy Dirty Money

The sinful use of money can already be found in the biblical name of Mammon: Mammon, a worshipped deity, originates from dishonestly acquired profit or immorally used wealth. »No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be...

DENKSTAHL. art of a rebellious mind – The Book

288 Pages, 21×30 cm ISBN 978-3-941151-33-8DENKSTAHL.art of a rebellious mind Content Fly FalconRevelationProfileArtistic Developmentdigit-al streetartheadsliving on the walldenkstahlunited colors of denkstahl This 2nd edition is out of stock! Please see the 3rd...

DENKSTAHL STREET ART – The Book

Street Art is no longer just an underground movement, but one of the most exciting contemporary art forms. Anyone who sees the city as an urban gallery will discover a variety of graffiti, murals and stickers of the subculture. Street Art that combines an artist’s...

REBELLIOUS ART

URBAN ART

TRIBUTE TO

NATURAL BORN

HEADS – WARPAINTING

HEADS – STARS

End Of War by DENKSTAHL

AL is not a classic street art activist, although some of his motifs may be found on the street as slogans, stencils or stickers. Most of his pictures are digital, some of them are available in limited editions as silk screen prints or as unique high-gloss prints. His art also shows similarities with the approaches of culture jamming, which is a peripheral phenomenon aside the street art subculture.

It is about playfully reversing the signification of signs and symbols within the prevailing system as well as the use of the media for a creative attack. Elements of his art can also be found in the Dadaism movement, which had originally emerged from an anti-art movement against conventional art forms. Like the Dadaists, AL is mainly concerned about revolt, and about absolute doubt – about the destruction of unreflected norms and ideologies in the broadest sense.

Despite recognizable influences, AL is free from any restrictions of being classified within an art movement, since his art simply happens unintentionally. It was also never his intention to sell any of his works. Since neither his vita nor his art correspond to the usual habitus of the art world, his friend Ilknur Özen has enabled him to publish his life‘s work in pictures and words without any restrictions whatsoever. The DENKSTAHL EDITION is self-financed and has been created as a matter of heart, purely for art and philosophy.

Mr Cool by DENKSTAHL

Wounded Mc by DENKSTAHL

The pictures presented in our art blog are purchasable as DENKSTAHL UNIQUE PIECES, if they are still available.

A DENKSTAHL UNIQUE PIECE is a high-gloss print with pigmented ink on high-quality photo paper, laminated behind acrylic glass and reinforced by an aluminum back. Each unique piece is stamped with an artist’s stamp. For each artwork you will receive a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and the biographical art book DENKSTAHL. art of a rebellious mind, which will be dedicated to you. 

If you are interested in an artwork, please send us your inquiry via e-mail to denkstahl@vollherzig.de. You can also send us your request via a WhatsApp message to +49 1772851804.

No picture on its own may honestly bespeak, what needs to be said

The partiality for artistry, that I live in every breath, what I give is never enough and never will it be, because every work that I create remains ever too meager to a degree. No picture on its own may honestly bespeak, what needs to be said as critique, all the...

Holy Dirty Money

The sinful use of money can already be found in the biblical name of Mammon: Mammon, a worshipped deity, originates from dishonestly acquired profit or immorally used wealth. »No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be...

The art of not being an artist

My primary interest in art does not lie in the sphere of craftwork or techniques. Neither do I try to deliver appealing results appropriate for, or adapted to the viewer. The latter idea in particular exists in thousands upon thousands of versions. I call this kind of...

DENKSTAHL STREET ART – The Book

Street Art is no longer just an underground movement, but one of the most exciting contemporary art forms. Anyone who sees the city as an urban gallery will discover a variety of graffiti, murals and stickers of the subculture. Street Art that combines an artist’s...

Artist and author AL, DENKSTAHL – in an interview with Sequana Birkel

The DENKSTAHL artist AL challenges every single person to question their own values ​​and motives, while addressing the extent and consequences of an egoistic and consumer-oriented way of being with unshakable vehemence. The name DENKSTAHL (thoughts of steel) says it...

Just imagine, we would only be heads – HEADS II

In the second part of the HEADS series, DENKSTAHL portrays celebrities of modern history. It is the movie stars, music stars, art stars, political stars and sports stars of a pop culture, it is the geniuses, heroes and legends that DENKSTAHL honors on his digital...

Denkstahl @ Max Papeschi in Milano

The DENKSTAHL artist AL visited his colleague Max Papeschi in Milano. AL and Max get along really well and are able to communicate with each other through their artworks. The language within their symbolic images and their meaningful titles are all they need. Both Max...

Humanity or the art of being human

We all have an idea of humanity and, consciously or not, evaluate and categorize behavior as being  »human« or »inhuman«. But what exactly does it mean to be human? What is humankind or humanity? Philosophical approaches define »human« in the sense of being »ethically...

Art, Commerce, Money and Money Art

Money also rules the art world. Art is traded at record prices and the way the prices are set by the art market is inscrutable. Art economists, economic sociologists, art scholars and other experts have been trying to get behind the rules of the market for years. The...

DENKSTAHL. art of a rebellious mind – The Book

288 Pages, 21×30 cm ISBN 978-3-941151-33-8DENKSTAHL.art of a rebellious mind Content Fly FalconRevelationProfileArtistic Developmentdigit-al streetartheadsliving on the walldenkstahlunited colors of denkstahl This 2nd edition is out of stock! Please see the 3rd...

REBELLIOUS ART

URBAN ART

TRIBUTE TO

NATURAL BORN

HEADS – WARPAINTING

HEADS – STARS

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