Wir wollen Kunst ohne Kommerz – nicht Scheiss ohne Herz
(We want art without commerce – no shit without heart)
I like the pieces of Martin Bender very much. Hagen based artist Martin Bender aka BNDR has painted five murals with portraits of headliners for this year’s Electronic Beats Festival in Cologne. The first I found was Chilly Gonzales at a wall near Cologne main station. Now I found the portrait of Grace Jones on a walk near Ehrenfeld station at Heliosstraße. Granted, these pieces are commissioned works, but they are made with perfection and they have presence and charisma. An upset art lover has left an angry statement at the wall: „Wir wollen Kunst ohne Kommerz – nicht Scheiss ohne Herz“ (We want art without commerce – no shit without heart). I’m not sure if this is related to the piece of BNDR or rather to the piece next door which is a loud promotion for Chupa Chups, the producer of a trendy lollypop. The two little girls with moon and dove, in colours matching the colours of the wall, are paste-ups by Tim Ossege aka SEI LEISE. Later on I found one more BNDR piece of Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer, composer and songwriter, on the grounds of Jack in the Box, where the Electronic Beats Festival took place.