To celebrate the release of his first monograph, The Book of Bock, Gestalten is pleased to present a solo exhibition of illustrator Frank Höhne.
Frank Höhne’s style is idiosyncratic, sometimes childishly naïve. He works quickly, intuitively, spontaneously, and analog; he likes what can happen and go awry on paper. From a single line emerges an arrow, and then somehow—after corrections, painting over, and collage—emerges a picture. He is inspired by the things that make him human. As Höhne puts it, “a colonoscopy gives me eight times more input than a visit to a museum for applied something or other.” He often makes use of topics from his own life, such as his smoking habit, which he depicts in “Willße mippm Rauchen aufhörn—ein Buch für Nachahmer” (Wanna quit smoking—a book for imitators) one of his most impressive illustrations and also his thesis project.
The delight with which Frank Höhne draws radiates from each of his illustrations and his strange humor is contagious. This sense of humor is a firm component of his daily work as an illustrator: he takes neither himself nor his career too seriously and possesses a healthy, honest image of that which he accomplishes every day. Hubris is simply something foreign to Höhne. He admits that “I simply do what I want to do,” but he does this so well that he has established himself as one of Germany’s leading illustrators in only a short period of time. In The Book of Bock, Frank Höhne offers his own unique perspective on how to become an illustrator and, once you do, how to keep the joy in your work alive over time. The hilarious visual journey is great fun for all readers, whether you work creatively or not.
“Bockumenta 1” will showcase a broad range of Frank Höhne’s original artworks featured The Book of Bock, including drawings, paintings, and his crocheted puppets as well as a new body of work he has created exclusively for the exhibition with heaps of paper and cardboard that he had at his disposal. The result will be unveiled at the opening of “Bockumenta 1,” the artist’s first solo exhibition.
Frank Höhne was born in East Berlin. After leaving the GDR via Prague and Cologne, he spent his childhood in Wesel. In 2006, he returned to Berlin for his studies, where in 2009 he obtained his degree in visual communication from the Berlin-Weissensee School of Art. He lives with his wife and child in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin and his clients include international brands such as BMW Mini, Nike, and Aveda, as well as a broad range of German newspapers and magazines, such as Bild am Sonntag, Brigitte, and NEON. Within the last three years he has won silver and bronze awards at the Lead Awards for his illustrations.
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