Monday, January 23, 2012

Herakut, why you need to know that name

Take this home. I promise it will explode all over your living room.

For four remarkably productive years, the graffiti loving and street art affiliated "storytellers," Hera and Akut, have combined their artistic skills and individual specialties in order to create one odd but always exquisitely beautiful, instantly recognizable style: Herakut. It's an extremely contradictory mix of ingredients - Akut's autodidactic but top-level photorealism and Hera's classically educated though Don't-Give-A-Shit-roughness - that results in a surprisingly well-balanced fusion of respect for each other's qualities and the shared urge to capture life's anecdotes with brush and spray can. For the second time this book explores the interpersonal and creative processes behind the duo's murals and canvas paintings, which have attracted the attention of the international art scene.

The images are stunning, a little girl pealing out of a body suit of an older obese woman, "play ageing"

Mothers and children wearing animal skulls, or live heads, representing some performitive aspect of species, and perhaps gender identities

Guns, alcohol, children, flowers all enormous building sized murals offer both hilarity and haunt.

Fierce and surprising contrasts of violence and innocence make these artists unequalled.

This is an incredible book for your table, for some inspiration, and for a challenge.
Then buy their first book

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