Built with Indexhibit
In cooperation with Julian Charrièrre Egypt, Germany, Iceland, Mexico, Switzerland, 2012 - 2015
Kunst is a series of single words inscribed by the artists Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrièrre on different—primarily natural—settings. The giant letters “WIESE” mark a sloping field; “WALD” is scrawled across an expanse of closely-knit fir trees marking the beginning of the forest; and the seven-meter-high letters “JUNGLE” describe the dense blanket of leaves and vines that form the background. Always documented by a photograph, this series seems to be naming the obvious in the tautological gesture of a picture book. Carrying implications inherent to the colonial act of claiming and labeling a landscape and suggesting the logic of a graffiti tag, each work of Kunst involves a range of logistical challenges to create the large, legible letters of each word. In different cases the artists used paint rollers, paint sprayers, a large team of helpers, and even fire extinguishers to impose human language onto a natural scenario. The project is ongoing, carried out by autonomously acting international graffiti artists.