"Weapons Of Mass Seduction 2" is the long awaited Sequel of the 2014 duo exhibition by chilean artist Victor Castillo and Hamburg based artist Alex Diamond (aka Jörg Heikhaus). After the huge success of their first show "Weapons of Mass Seduction" (WOMS) three years ago, the two friends return to heliumcowboy for the second installment of WOMS.
It is a very special, very unique combination: Victor Castillo with his special style of painting, inspired by vintage comic-like creatures from popular media, placed into post apocalyptic scenes, and Alex Diamond with his wooden sculptures, showing his craftsmanship as well as his artistic creativity.
“Weapons Of Mass Seduction” was the title of the first joint exhibition of Castillo and Diamond in 2014. When the two first met in 2006, Heikhaus, the founder of heliumcowboy, started to represent Victor with his gallery exclusively in Germany.
But their relationship grew beyond this and they became close friends. Soon they started to develop a concept for a joint exhibition - the project “Weapons Of Mass Seduction” was born. Both artists, although in different techniques, styles and materials, understand themselves as visual storytellers in a pop cultural world. One very important element in both their work is the topic of seduction, with their artwork deciphering the perceptual overload in everyday life. This way they uncover the seduction everyone is exposed to daily through media, social events and politics. The title of the exhibition is a direct reference to this shared approach.
Like in the first exhibition „Weapons Of Mass Seduction“ in 2014 the artworks will be installed not separated by artist but in a mixed way, to create a visual and content-related dialogue. Castillo will bring some large format paintings on canvas, repainted historical prints and book pages, as well as ink drawings from Los Angeles to Hamburg. Alex Diamond shows his newest multi layered, sculptural woodcuts and a very special series of his photo drawings. There will also be a wood-installation build by Alex Diamond and completed with painting by Victor Castillo.