Whenever I drive through, I wish to explore more of Bochum. Bochum makes me up, not merely due to Grönemeyer!
The signal tower is tagged by all those local cracks and even if I didn’t know about Bermudatriangle, which is the entertainment district of the area, and all those famous spots for Street Art at Universitätsstraße, Bochum is a must go for Street Art fans! With a bit of luck you ride a train to Bochum wich departs a bit from the common colour scheme of the German Federal Railway. Nevertheless I mostly drive through on my way to Dortmund. This year, I promise, will bring a change. As a starter I’ll serve the „High Voltage“ solo show of EINSA CE at Sold Out Gallery, Königsallee 16, Bochum. Besides equipment for artists they deal with Contemporary Art and Street-Art, Urban-Art and designer Toys. They have started the year with this show which runs until the end of February. I don’t know that much about EINSA CE except that he is from the Ruhr area, probably from Dortmund. The CE marking is a mandatory conformity marking, found on products designed to be sold in the European Economic Area. He marks his works with CE because they often have an electronical or mechanical background. Over painting and graphics he came to sculpturing and installations. His works for public space mostly consist of cardboard, paper and rigid foam panels and his motifs are mixtures of animals, insects and mechanics, trying to get in connection with a more and more electronic world. As ever, it was very difficult to decide which piece of that exhibition was my personal favorite, but there is one more thing I would like to say: that chameleon with its eye rolling mechanism – what a genius idea!
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