Mama Baer Kommissar Hjuler & Violet Storm: Flux+(st/p) or (m/n)

6 October - 24 November 2012
11.00 till 18:00
Foto - The Wire
Venue: Upper Hope Park Church Gallery
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"The German duo Kommissar Hjuler und Mama Baer (voted by Wire magazine as one of the top ten "Noize" acts in 2010) are not only remarkably prolific musicians but also both artists in their own right."
Ticket Price: Free, non ticketed
Age Group: 18+ Please note some of the works in this exhibition are sexually explicit and under 18s are not permitted entry.

Kommissar Hjuler (a career policeman in his homeland) creates small boxes containing sculptures which star fictitious animals made of bread (Brotkatze or “bread cats”) which have adventures in a world of degradable materials such as toast, liquorice, long separated milk/strange liquids and other organic elements which are usually boxed or bottled and left to slowly rot or change depending on the conditions the work is displayed in.

The animals are a sort of representative alter ego for mankind and our stupid, self-indulgent ways. His wife, Mama Baer, paints large expressionist canvasses filled with monsters, terrorists, surgeons or, even, policemen. Many of the works created by Hjuler and his “hausfrau” (the title is deliberate: creating a provocation out of the slightly-old-fashioned sexist term) are shocking, even obscene. Hjuler’s collages (sometimes found on copies of his LPs) often utilise cuttings from old copies of ‘Colour Climax’ the European sex magazine and in a new series of collaborative works with the British former adult film actress Violet Storm entitled “Flux-porn”, Hjuler turns moments of perversity into humorous collages. Hjuler says: “Sex does not sell any art. To include porn in art is a fault in the eyes of most critics. So artists run against walls, if they work in this vein. We include pornography in our art, as art should be a mirror of society. It is a lie to exclude porn from art.”