XOOOOX is currently the most successful German street artist. His works have been traded on the international art market for some time. For the first time in Austria his works are shown in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
XOOOOX (pronounced “zooks”), born in 1979, started doing classic graffiti when he was 15 and is a Berlin-based street artist known for his guerrilla style, working with intricate stencil work and arte povera-style installations using weathered and rotting materials.
XOOOOX usually works on old facades. The vintage look and positioning are important to him. Occasionally, however, there are also works on “movable goods” such as steel doors or electricity boxes. Street art lives from what surrounds it and from the situation in which it is created. Rough facades, rusty gates, windy corners, time pressure, most difficult conditions for the creation. For this reason, many of the XOOOOX artworks offered in galleries are created on authentic wood and steel beams. He also works on large copper plates, which in the light develop a special aesthetic that changes over time.
French street artist Blek le Rat introduced XOOOOX to the stencil technique. He was a pioneer of stenciling who also traveled around Berlin.
XOOOOX is in fact considered the first German street artist who, along with Banksy, has become known on the international art market. Although the artist’s works can be seen throughout the city, his identity remains a secret to guard against accusations of public vandalism.
FRANK FLUEGEL GALERIE will open the exhibition “XOOOOX – Yellow Snow” on Friday, February 25, 2022 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in Kitzbuehel.
The exhibition lasts until April 15, 2022 and will feature unique pieces and graphics by the street art artist, who is the only German graffiti artist to enjoy international success. On display will be numerous unique pieces on steel and wood, such as Mila, Sofia, Filo or Hulla.
The New York Times recommended XOOOOX as one of the “12 Treasures of Europe” on October 17, 2014. The Urban Nation Museum in Berlin acquired a work for its permanent collection in February 2018. In Amsterdam, the world’s largest street art museum opened in 2020 at Lasloods Hall. The museum was founded by Peter Ernst Coolen on the site of the NDSM Docks. XOOOOX originals can also be seen there as part of the collection.
At the age of 16, XOOOOX began flipping through his sister’s countless vogues, cutting out the models and pasting them onto surfaces around town. Later, he switched to stencils. He tries to contrast with the glamour of the fashion world by pasting the stylish and immaculate models on weathered and urban surfaces. In many of his works he also uses logos of fashion brands like Hermes or Chanel, which he alienates. In some cases, this can also be understood as homage, as is the case with brands that look back on a long tradition. In other cases, however, it is more a critique of the over-industrialization of fashion, and they invite the viewer to question it.
At the Cologne auction house Van Ham, a unique piece by XOOOOX set a new auction record on October 7, 2020. The work Laguna Bay (stencil on metal) reached €8,925 or US $10,000.
His life-size stencil works feature perfectly styled female models, such as Valeria, whom he models after fashion campaigns. For the background, however, he relies on materials with history, such as decayed or weathered woods and fabrics. Thus, he creates a contrast with the glamor of the fashion world. In many of his works he also uses logos of fashion brands such as Hermes and Chanel, which he alienates. In some cases, this can be understood as homage, such as with brands that look back on a long tradition. In others, it is rather a criticism of the over-industrialization of fashion and invites the viewer to question it.
FRANK FLUEGEL GALERIE with locations in Nuremberg and Kitzbuehel is focused on high quality originals of Pop Art, Street Art and Contemporary Art. You will find artworks by Alex Katz, Adam Handler, Nathan Paddison, Hunt Slonem, Punk me Tender, Roy Lichtenstein, Allen Jones, Andy Warhol or Julian Opie in the inventory. But also editions and prints by David Shrigley, Harland Miller, David Salle, Sean Scully, Gerhard Richter, Robert Indiana, Thomas Ruff, David Gerstein, Peter Doig, Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, Raqib Shaw and Robert Longo. As well as other street art artists such as Mr. Brainwash, BAMBI, Fringe and John Crash Matos. Of course also design objects by Maurizio Cattelan, Paul Smith or Philippe Starck.
Exhibitions are held in regular rotation in the centrally located stores in Nuremberg and Kitzbühel. International trade fair participations round off the program.
So the work of XOOOX is full of paradoxes. It is beautiful and focused on stunning models, it is optimistic and yet subversive. These qualities make his work so vivid, as his women seem to tell their stories from the walls on which they rest. XOOOX is one of the few street artists for whom there is already a monograph published by Gestalten/Berlin Verlag. The book focuses primarily on the portraits of female models that the artist prefers to apply with stencils or wheat paste to the time-worn surfaces of older buildings. The contrast between the strikingly beautiful women and the crumbling walls is a fundamental aspect of his creative vision. He is represented in galleries in Germany, as well as Amsterdam, London and Chicago.
In September 2020, a solo show was held in Chicago.
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© 2022 - Galerie Frank Fluegel
Obere Wörthstrasse 12
+49 911 23737500