"Art inspires and connects. It opens our eyes to new things and directs them to the essential. That is why it is important to me to make art tangible in public spaces and on the street. Art is not elitist, but should become a part of everyday life in my eyes."
Currently, Berlin based artist Christian Awe is creating four gigantic murals on the empty high-rise building "M55" in Eschborn, near the German Stock Exchange. Each of the four murals is 40 meters high and freely accessible. Large scale murals are an integral part of Christian Awe's artistic repertoire: in 2016, the artist already attracted attention with a landscape-format mural in Berlin - extending over four floors. The "Haus M55" project will continue for several more weeks. During this time the artist will be regularly on site.
An upbeat young contemporary artist fully in touch with the pulse of the metropolis, Christian Awe addresses within his oeuvre the traditional and yet also unconventional approaches of the 20th century. No art history critic can miss the fact that the structures identifiable in Christian Awe’s paintings owe to an informal „all-over“ clearly and unmistakably tracing back to the post-1945 works of Jackson Pollock. In its conscious exaggeration of all “gradations of colorfulness,” however, Awe’s use of color contradicts with these Pollocktypical strategies, pointing to the earlier excesses at work in the Color Field paintings characterizing the artistic generation of the 1960‘s, which began distancing itself from painting as an outmoded genre.
Dr. Gabriele Uelsberg