Maja Hürst became world-famous under the name TIKA. Today, the pseudonym stands for her own visual universe into which she abducts all visitors to her exhibitions. Her current solo show DICHOTIKA deals with groups of terms such as above/below, front/back, or figurative/abstract.
Already at the age of ten, Hürst stuck self-painted posters in the streets to turn to graffiti at the end of the 90s. After several years of searching for style, she has been successfully expanding her visual universe TIKA since 2003, which explores the essence of figurative abstraction with geometric forms. She adapts her unmistakable pictorial language to countless techniques and materials in a joyful and consistent way. Her themes are as multifaceted as the artist's interests. Hürst catalyzes everyday cultural events with global world events and historical mythology. Her works defoliate layers of content-related, symbolic and historical references and complex formal entanglements of grids and surfaces.
The title of her solo exhibition "DICHOTIKA" consists of the word "dichotomy" (two complementary or opposing parts or groups) and "TIKA" (Hürst's visual universe). She shows her most recent works from 2018 on a space-encompassing mural and translates groups of terms such as top / bottom, front / back, loud / quiet, dark / light and figurative / abstract.
Raised in Cairo and Cologne, Maja Hürst (*1978) now lives in Zurich and Berlin, where she built her own studio, a 100m2 wooden construction, last year. Over the last fifteen years, Hürst has travelled extensively around the globe to paint countless large-format murals, set up exhibitions, and receive several longer studio fellowships. Her works were shown in the Bundeskunsthallen Bonn and in the Museumsquartier in Vienna and are represented in various collections. In Siam Square, Hürst painted the four columns of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. Her largest mural to date measures 110 x 20 m and has been located at the Music Hall in Atlanta GA since 2012. After EXECRATIKA in 2016, "DICHOTIKA" is already the second large solo exhibition at SOON.