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Plotbot KEN

Nuclear Winter

Unique Screenprint

Edition Size: 30

Size: circa 40 x 60 cm

Technique: Hand finished 5 Color Silkscreen. Every print is unique artwork printed on various old maps like floor plans and other technical drawings (each technical drawings is unique).

Numbered and signed by the artist.

Every print will be delivered with one pair of protective gloves made out of cotton and a certificate of authenticity singed by both artists and gallery owner. The certificate ensures originality and limitation of the series. Prints will be unframed.

The Artist: Inspired by their location of origin such as abandoned buildings, old industrial areas and brownfields, the artist Plotbot KEN’s subjects revolve around a world of science fiction and dark-age-scenarios. Plotbot KEN is one of Germany’s most noteworthy young urban artists.

126,05 €incl. 19% VAT
133 £ / 1.116 DKK / 1.492 SEK / 0 Lt / 634 zł
3.830 Kč / 46.940 Ft / 699 lei / 293 лв / 1.135 kn

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Plotbot KEN (DE)

Inspired by their location of origin such as abandoned buildings, old industrial areas and brownfields, the artist Plotbot KEN’s subjects revolve around a world of science fiction and dark-age-scenarios. Plotbot KEN is one of Germany’s most noteworthy young urban artists.

 

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Portrait of the Artist, 2014 (Photo: Karl Kratz)

INTERVIEW

Since when have you been creatively active?

 

For as long as I can remember. Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated by music, graphic design, photography and graffiti.

 

Was it art that found you, or you who found art?

 

It was probably a mix of both.

 

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Plotbot KEN, “Havoc”, 2014

Every print is unique, as subjects are printed on an original document telling its own personal story. Where do those maps come from?

 

Those maps are floor plans and other technical drawings found in abandoned factories of “Volkseigene Betriebe VEB”, a form of organisation in East Germany at times before its reunification.

 

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Plotbot KEN / “Dark Paths” Limited Unique Silkscreen Edition / Edition Size of 33 / 42 x 59,4 cm

Limited Edition available in the Gallery Shop

 

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Plotbot KEN, “David VS Goliath”, Acrylic & Ink On Paper, 2015

Your works always seem to be in perfect harmony with its surroundings of abandoned places, old industrial areas and brownfields. Explain your attraction to such locations.

 

It all started with the “Teufelsberg” in Berlin. As one of the premier listening posts during the cold war the giant radar unit was used by the western occupying forces. No longer used for interception it now serves as a host for cultural activities. During the summer of 2012 we were colouring external surfaces for the creative event “Artbase”. Aside from the five meters high facade, the guardhouse by the entrance gate we worked with a totally burnt out building, hidden and remote from the actual festival ground. Walls were covered by graffiti only here and there, the back part being totally untouched. Total destruction. Walls out of metal were totally rusty creating exceptional textures. For not being part of the festival, not many people saw it. However, luckily, photographers captured the aesthetic of the moment.

 

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Plotbot KEN’s  artwork in the abandoned listening post on top of Berlin’s Teufelsberg, 2012 (Photo: Petra Patzwaldt)

Until today I have been predominantly drawing in abandoned places and preferring locations that are rather hard to access. The right background is very important and crucial – especially for choice of subject. In an abandoned slaughterhouse, for example, I created a wall drawing of five meters in height depicting a Victorian doctor for plagues. Vultures just waiting for their part of the arrangement surround him. The presence of the doctor reaches as far as into the single cells of the arcades. This hall was the last part of the slaughterhouse, which was known as Europe’s largest one. A building consistent of a long corridor with various arcades was used to dry the guts for further processing. The building next to it was a leather factory. Hence, in this very place, following “nothing goes to waste” they slaughtered and processed the industrial mass production’s output over a century.

 

Wall drawing “Pest-Doktor” by Plotbot KEN in an abandoned slaughterhouse

Your works depict a world of dark-age-scenarios and resemble disaster movies. How do your subjects arise?

 

They mirror present times. Our constant demand for energy, the global industrialisation and the resulting conflict of power and resources. Scenes from countries where war has long became mundane. The continuous pollution of the environment and the already appearing effects on human and animal. Phenomenons such as the modification of seeds and plants, factory farming and the manipulation of the climate result in a gloomy picture of the future. Instead of investing time and money in attempts of reducing hunger and poverty, it seems as if research for nuclear weapons and other funding for war equipment is much more likely to be supported. The global race seems like a war between neighbours, which now shows collateral damage. Only in one area of the Antarctica there are three atomic submarines, 17.000 containers of nuclear waste, 19 vessels for nuclear waste and 14 reactors of the Russian North Sea Fleet lying on the floor of the ocean. Similar to the case in Chernobyl and Fukushima the possible explosion of the reactor imposes a terrible threat. As the recovery of the “K-141 Kurs” has proved, it is technically possible to move those submarines. However, the main motive seems to have been accusation and not so much to do nature a favour.

 

My art wants to become an emblem. I use it as a form of creative reaction to our current condition.

 

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Plotbot KEN, no title, 2014

Plotbot Ken / "Wasteland Microcosm" / 2014 (Foto: Mathias Mahling)

Plotbot KEN, “Wasteland Microcosm”, 2014 (Photo: Mathias Mahling)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2010 Le Grande Finale / ATM Gallery, Berlin (Group Show)

2010 ARTAQ – 1st Urban Art Awards Festival / Stattbad Wedding, Berlin

2011 Hatch & Superplan presents: Oversized & Underpriced Round 3 / Superplan, Berlin

2012 TACHELES BIENNALE 2012 / Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin

2012 Artbase 2012, Berlin 2012 Stroke Artfair 12 / Postbahnhof, Berlin

2013 Solo Show Xlab Corrosive Art / Farm, Berlin

2013 Art on Snow, Bad Gastein

2013 Kissed by A.MUSE (Artweek), Berlin

2014 Project M/3 2014, Urban Nation, Berlin

2014 Ink and Ride / Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg

 

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Plotbot KEN, “Macondo”, Marker & Ink On Cardboard, 2014

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Plotbot KEN, “Zombeefied”, Marker & Ink On Envelope, 2014

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Plotbot KEN on www.urbanshit.de

Cover Picture: Plotbot KEN / “The Laboratory” / 2014 © Mathias Mahling