Stefan Strumbel. Pictures by Oliver Rath/Sarah Davies.
Circleculture Gallery: "Strumbel uses traditional motives that are associated with his origin, the Black Forest. On an abstract level, Strumbel deals with the paradigms of “home“ and simultaneously questions its concept. The exhibition encompasses objects from folk art that refer to the clichéd notions of home, folklore and popular piety: the traditional cuckoo clock, wooden masks of the Alemannic Carnival or typical crucifixes mainly used in catholic households. Strumbel exaggerates these objects of popular cult and culture with elements of urban art and pop art. By doing so, he puts these objects into a new, partly provocative context. Significant elements of the cuckoo clock, such as traditionally carved ornaments, are replaced by aggressive motives that stand for violence, pornography and death."
Title quote: "We don't call a man mad who believes that he eats God, but we do the one who says he is Jesus Christ." Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosopher, 1715–1771.