Shooting Gallery is pleased to present DON'T LOOK AT ME, from German artistic duo Herakut.
The opening reception will be Saturday, November 09, from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through December 07, 2013. Herakut’s paintings are sensuous, savage, and always remarkable for their powerful dualism.
Akut’s photorealistic details play out against Hera’s expressive, more gestural, linework in canvases that seem poised to articulate stories of triumph and hardship. Humour and text weave their way into the work, with examples like “Payback’s a Bitch,” featuring the face of a grimacing pug whose eyes shine like just-polished glass.
In addition to their emotionally-charged acrylic and spray paint works on canvas, DON’T LOOK AT ME will featuring a 6x10 ft. canvas, one of the artists’ largest to date, suspended from the ceiling as well as a large-scale installation to transform a portion of the gallery into a dream-like wonder.
"If Herakut was one actually living creature it would probably look a lot like a pug. (Those dogs are just as far detached from their wolf-granddaddies as, luckily, mid-thirty Germans today vary from their crazy ancestors from a hundred years ago.) And that pug-creature called Herakut would carry a permanent smile, because it had a contortionist-brain that could easily flip anything around to find its good spot. So, Herakut would be walking the earth, knowing everything about being judged by appearance, and it would still be proud and keep on leaving its mark wherever it went. And it would always have love and much appreciation for any other
being that did not surrender to life's obstacles. It admired those who combines awkwardness and dignity as if they were peanut-butter and jam. Herakut honored every hero who was not ashamed of its weakness, and it was the most loyal friend to the weaklings who would not give up to find their one strength."- Hera (thinking about Herakut while listening to Morrissey´s "If you don´t like me, then don't look at me"), Heidelberg, 2013
German artists Hera and Akut, both with roots in the graffiti scene, joined forces in 2004 and began creating collaborative work under the name of Herakut. The duo has shown around the world, including in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London, and Bristol. They have published two books, The Perfect Merge published in 2009 and 2011’s After the Laughter, to great success.
Interview with the artist Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request