»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. Who are we? Where are we going? Where do we come from? Who is meant by »We« in the first place?

Due to societal, cultural, political and/or scientific opinions, the word »alien« has a quite negative connotation; the word is typically associated with something strange or even evil. However, if you look at the English meaning of the word, you will notice that the term »alien« is synonym for foreign, unfamiliar, or external. The word is derived from the Latin alienus, which can be easily translated as foreign. As a usual consequence, it is merely due to the established, all-pervasive human fear of the unknown and unfamiliar that the mere word alien instantly represents a threat to humans. »We are aliens« – provocation or redeeming fact?

Nomophobie Kunst

Friendly Encounter Of The Third Kind by DENKSTAHL

Digital Art – Unique Piece, 170×125 cm

Nomophobie Kunst

Checkmate by DENKSTAHL

Digital Art – Unique Piece, 170×125 cm

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...

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...

Digit-AL Streetart l DENKSTAHL

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...

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...

Denkstahl @ MakersPlace

From the universe to the multiverse via metaverse – one opportunity in our increasingly technocratic and digital world. And certainly art must not go amiss within the metaverse. Because, what would life be without art?! We are very excited to dive into the world of...

Sweet singing has betrayed some birds – Twittered Out

A tweet; a twittering, a birdsong. As we understand it today, a tweet no longer has anything to do with nature or the innocent, beautiful sound of a bird. Rather, it is representative of the entire digital world; for the abysses, temptations, and purposes of social...

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...

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...

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...

Buy Art! Invest In Living Artists!

Because the dead ones don't need it! Do you want to buy art in order to live a more personal and inspiring life? Or maybe you are a patron who wants to promote art and the work of the artist? Or maybe you want to offer your employees and guests a special atmosphere in...

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HEADS – WARPAINTING

HEADS – STARS

The alien motif has been used and reappraised over and over again by a bunch of artists. DENKSTAHL has dedicated various of his works to the alien trope. When looking at these pictures, it is noticeable that they possess an intense effect, an unspeakable depth. They radiate something that goes far beyond an alien threat.

I have tried to grasp the intangibility and indefinability of these images: significance or perhaps relevance? Relevance for sure. It may be quite relevant to recognize, or even more, to appreciate the importance and significance of the foreign. His latest work Friendly Encounter Of The Third Kind (orig. »Freundliche Begegnung der dritten Art«) seems to present a finale to his entire examination of »the aliens«, to contain precisely this appreciation of the unknown and the alien, and to break with its negative connotation.

Nomophobie Kunst

Shape Shifter by DENKSTAHL

Digital Art – Unique Piece, 110×150 cm

Artists, free spirits, pioneers, poets and thinkers, rebels, outsiders, big and small, bright and dark stars – all living beings. We can assume that most people have already asked themselves at least once in their lifetime why they are mismatching. Asking yourself why you are so different from everyone else, why you feel like an alien, doesn’t seem surprising.

Of course, self-doubt, uncertainty, all those intangible questions, and the feeling of strangeness are something … unpleasant? Because we are so strange to ourselves? If one distances oneself for a moment from these emotions as well as the all-encompassing question, which ultimately underlies it, one can be assured there are numerable matters, which are indeed unknown to us. Unknown is however not to be equated with fear.

The controversial alien. On the one hand an approach of conspiracy theory and on the other hand a specific way of personal expression, that one is different. That We is different? That We are different? Different from whom? From the aliens? Most probably!

The alien. The other. The unknown. Appreciation of the alien in ourselves as in all that surrounds us. It is useless to judge, to fear, to reject and to disapprove. A friendly encounter, with ourselves and everything that surrounds us. Both terrestrial and extraterrestrial.

Many From Beyond Our World by DENKSTAHL

Digital Art – Unique Piece, 170×125 cm

Nomophobie Kunst

Lord Give Us Brain by DENKSTAHL

Digital Art – Unique Piece, 170×125 cm

Pssst… by DENKSTAHL

Digital Art – Unique Piece, 150×150 cm

Genesis by DENKSTAHL

Digital Art – Unique Piece, 150×150 cm

All World Leaders by DENKSTAHL

Digital Art – Unique Piece, 170×125 cm

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

A 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 have any questions or are interested in an artwork, please send us your inquiry via e-mail to denkstahl@vollherzig.de. You can also arrange your individual appointment directly by phone: +49 1772851804.

Denkstahl – an artist between classical art history and rebellion

AL alias DENKSTAHL is an autodidact artist. While three decades ago his work was strongly influenced by abstract and action painting, he now has adopted digital art as his chosen profession and expression. Digital visual art has its origins in socially critical comics...

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...

Buy Art! Invest In Living Artists!

Because the dead ones don't need it! Do you want to buy art in order to live a more personal and inspiring life? Or maybe you are a patron who wants to promote art and the work of the artist? Or maybe you want to offer your employees and guests a special atmosphere in...

Sweet singing has betrayed some birds – Twittered Out

A tweet; a twittering, a birdsong. As we understand it today, a tweet no longer has anything to do with nature or the innocent, beautiful sound of a bird. Rather, it is representative of the entire digital world; for the abysses, temptations, and purposes of social...

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,...

A day without a smile is a lost day – so what!?

DENKSTAHL’s work So What (orig. Na und) combines comedy, rebellion and tragedy in a cynical way. It is somewhat a tragic comedy; I dare say that this is an analogy to life. »It doesn't matter«, »so what«, »nevermind«, »it is not important« – many arguments have...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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