pogonophile (plural pogonophiles)

  1. One who loves or studies beards.

 

Yup, that might be me… 😉

In summer 2015, I started my “bearded men” series which I completed in spring 2016.

“Bearded men” is a series of portraits of – who would have thought! – men featuring (a lot of) facial hair. It is also a study of how a beard can symbolize many things – manhood, growth, wisdom, longing… Furthermore, the series shows stations of a relationship in a surrealisticly symbolic way.

As to the techniques: I bought the rights of some stock photos and edited them a bit using Photoshop. Then, the pictures were printed on cotton. I used my simple old ink-jet printer and was very pleased that the resulting images roughly resembled screenprints! After that: hand stitching time!

Let me write a few words about each piece:

 

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His thoughts have hatched (2015)

Some thoughts about the piece:

  • visual representation of hatching thoughts
  • ideas need time; they take shape, they change…
  • thoughts are often elusive and frail
  • the (white) beard as a symbol for the wise man, the thinker 

The journey of the piece:

This piece traveled to Skopje, Macedonia, in summer 2016 and was shown at Paratissima 3.

 

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I don’t hear your cries (2015)

Some thoughts about the piece:

  • visual representation of being un-passionate
  • needs can be urgent
  • the pain of others can hurt oneself
  • a (sarcastic) hurray to suppression…

The journey of the piece:

This piece traveled to Skopje, Macedonia, in summer 2016 and was shown at Paratissima 3.

 

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Drawn to me (2016)

Some thoughts about the piece:

  • visual representation of the attraction between two humans
  • drawn thought lines from the man to the heart of his partner
  • the heart as the vis-à-vis
  • the art admirer is the heart

The journey of the piece:

This piece traveled to Skopje, Macedonia, in summer 2016 and was shown at Paratissima 3. It was also shown and offered for auction by my online gallery last month.

 

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Your anger is growing (2015)

Some thoughts about the piece:

  • visual representation of growing anger
  • anger is growing out of the beard, ergo out of the male self
  • anger can be beautiful
  • anger can produce something
  • anger can alter things

The journey of the piece:

This piece traveled to Skopje, Macedonia, in summer 2016 and was shown at Paratissima 3. This spring, a photograph of the piece was printed on a large tarpaulin and can now be visited (amongst other great artwork) in an open air installation by Art in Open Roomz.

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at the vernissage

 

 

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