01.11.2010 - 20.02.2011
Stefan Marx
The Houses and the Homes seem quiet

The wall in the park, measuring 5 x 7 m in height, was originally built for Romuald Hazoumè’s exhibition. It becomes an ideal canvas for Marx’s large text fragments or slogans that are mostly reminiscent of black and white graffiti. However, they are painted rather than sprayed on.

The houses and homes seem quiet’ refers to the situation of a small town and there is a marked contrast between its seemingly spontaneous style and the idyll and continuity often associated with a sculpture park. Those who only see bold letters or even an attack on the establishment will be disappointed. Once you study the slogan itself and its time-consuming technique, you will come to the conclusion that it conveys the fact that the artist is avoiding sweeping statements and rather that he respects the small town way of life. By using the word ‘seem’ the artist shuns hasty statements on a ‘humdrum, boring and confined’ life. Instead he plays with it and encourages us gently to confront our prejudices about small town life.

The artist himself grew up in a place just a small as Neumünster. His main medium is drawing, which can manifest itself in wildly different contexts. Instead of working on paper, Marx uses LP covers, T-shirts, skateboards or small magazines he cheaply produces and publishes himself. His subject is always the expression of the experiences and elements of daily life, transformed via critical distance, but always comfortably part of the same everyday life. He makes no distinction between street culture and high-brow culture or between independent and applied work. In 2010 he designed the entrance hall of the Hamburger Kunstverein.