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By Nina K

XOOOOX (pronounced “zooks”) is Berlin based street-artist known for guerrilla-style who works with delicate stenciled works and installations in an Arte Povera style that consist of weathered and decaying materials. He was born 1979 and started with classical graffiti at the age of 15. He never went to art school so instead of that he taught himself by practicing under railway bridges and while travelling around big cities like Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne.

XOOOOX is, in fact, regarded as the first German street artist that has come to prominence on the international art market. Though the artist’s works can be seen throughout the city his identity remains a secret to prevent against charges of public vandalism.

In his works, XOOOOX distinctly contrasts the glamour of fashion culture with existentialist themes such as vulnerability and transience. The life-size stencils of professionally styled photo models form the leitmotif of the figurative studies and scrutinize the worship cult and the seduction techniques of haute couture. Beguilingly beautiful, XOOOOX’s women convey a sense of melancholy and introversion and allude to the growing displeasure with the uniform, consumption-driven hype of the fashion industry. Using transitory media such as exposed building facades, worm-eaten wood, rotting fabric and rusty metal, XOOOOX grounds this apparently glamorous theme in the street, but the artist’s aim is not to deconstruct fashion culture. XOOOOX pays homage to traditional haute couture while levelling criticism at the over-industrialization of fashion as a cultural artefact of our time.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
“OK Boy”, Circle Culture Gallery (Gipsstraße), Berlin, Germany
“Bluff Manners”, Circle Culture Gallery (Potsdamer Straße), Berlin, Germany

2014
“on off on on”, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2013
“Beauty Will Come, Beauty Will Go”, Mead Carney, London, UK
“Vanish”, Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
“Everything, Everything!”, De Buck Gallery, New York, USA

2012
“Transformer”, Mead Carney, London, UK

2011
“Pilgrim, Baby!”, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2010
“OH OH OK OK”, stilwerk, Hamburg, Germany

2009
“Opening Soon”, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008
“Molotov High Heels”, Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin, Germany

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