3Steps, Deniz Alt, Florian Fausch, Julian Khol, Heiner Meyer
3Steps is a street art collective, founded in 1998. The 3 members were all born in 1980, they live and work in Gießen, Germany. The works of 3Steps have developed from Mural Art and Street Art. The collective paints colorful neo pop images on facades and murals as well as several kinds of paintable media in the studio. The body of work of 3Steps contains mural art, street art, paintings on wood and canvas, photographs, screenprints as well as sculptures and installations.
Deniz Alt was born 1978 in Aschaffenburg near Frankfurt. He graduated at the famous „Städelschule“ in Frankfurt. Deniz Alt questions the inconsistency of people´s sensory perception and relates it to his main topic of cultural memory. While the viewer of his works is confronted with the suffering and the fate of the Ottoman Armenians, especially the Armenian women and their lives around the year 1915, he simultaneously focuses on modern life of our times, combining the Today with the past.
Undoubtedly Florian Fausch’s paintings and drawings are utopian architectural landscapes whose rules work according to their own laws; They are places and non-places that revolve around the concept of the image. Familiar and at the same time so strange, they invite the viewer to lose their open eye in the picture space. Interiors meet up with glass fronts, stairs meet up with high-rise facades, mountain chains meet up with potted plants. Landscape and interiors are fanned out and split. They intertwine with each other into something completely new. Clearly defined sharp lines define architectural elements which, in turn, are lost in abstract motifs. This creates a simultaneity of different levels and modes of painting.
Julian Khol studied at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna with Prof. Ludwig Attersee from 2004. From 2007 to 2010 he graduated from the master class with Herbert Brandl in Dusseldorf with the master student award. Khol’s expressive, figurative style was influenced, among others, by the Vienna School of Schiele, or Hrdlicka, as well as from America of the 50s. His works move on the line between figuration and abstraction. They provide raw power, impish clarity of motifs and colors. The painted object mediates between solid color and perspective and opens up the space into three dimensions. In recent years he reorientatated to very graphic and figurative works. The color does not longer dominate but takes only a smaller space as in the beginning of his artistic career.
Heiner Meyer’s works often deal with luxury goods and investigate the iconisation of people and objects. He glorifies the dream of life by placing stars in pose and elevating the glamor of his paintings by means of status symbols. The game with the facets of desire and lust are recurring motifs in the paintings that deliberately incorporate familiar pictorial quotes. The plethora of images in the media world sparks far-reaching chains of associations that elicit the mostly only vague impression of having already been seen, whether actually experienced in person or just seen / heard / read in the media.