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 creative protest with the aesthetic enrichment of public space is particularly popular. This is DENKSTAHL STREET ART’s approach, when AL is out on his way to make his mark with chalk and stickers.
DENKSTAHL STREET ART is very articulate, his language is often poetic. The written, sprayed or glued statements and expressions bring the artist’s subversive thoughts onto the streets; they should set an impulse, an impetus, to stop, to pause for a moment, to question one’s own way of thinking, to doubt one’s self, or even to smile.
The DENKSTAHL statements always have a dialogue character. This Street Art and Street Philosophy are based on one thing: transience. AL emphasizes the aspect of transience by the material he uses: chalk and stickers – both we know from our childhood days.
The book DENKSTAHL STREET ART. chalk & stickers is a bilingual (de / en) photo documentation of works created between 2016 and 2018. Over 260 illustrations in the book show the artist’s activities in different cities. Hashtags like #WordArt #FakeNews #WasFürKeinLeben (WhatNoLife) #Snow #Denkholz (Thinkwood) #Denkmahl (Monument) #History or #Documenta14 make up the individual chapter headings.
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