"Artists for Monolith" feat. Julia Benz, Jeff Soto & Alex Diamond
In October 2014, the restrooms of the newly built main restaurant of celebrity chef Marquard were turned into a fairytale inspired water-world by artist Alex Diamond: the Geberit Water Lounge. While Diamond painted the walls of the space, the bathrooms were equipped with Aqua Clean shower toilets and the beautiful, high-end luxury modules ‚Monolith’ by Geberit. The surface of the ‚Monolith’ elements are made from glass, for which artist Diamond designed unique artwork, integrating into the waterbased overall theme of the Lounge.
Based upon the success of this project, Geberit and heliumcowboy launched “Artists for Monolith“ and selected three creatives for a new series of artworks on ‚Monolith‘ surfaces: Julia Benz, Jeff Soto and Alex Diamond. Each artist designs unique artwork for one WC and one washbasin element. These designs will be printed only once, and can be won in an online raffle, including the matching shower toilet Geberit AquaClean Sela and the washbasin Emco.
You can find all the details how to win this high-end luxury bathroom equipment by following this link.
For more information about the Monolith Bathroom series and the AquaClean Sela please visit Geberit.com.
Artists & Artwork
#01 | May - August 2015: Alex Diamond
Alex Diamond was originally initiated as an art project by Jörg Heikhaus in 2004. It has since become his stage name as an artist.
The conceptual core is a take on contemporary culture and its recurring recognition patterns. Most of the work references the constant recycling and reinventing of key elements of past and present cultural and social developments in today‘s brand- and celebritydriven times.
While employing a vast variety of different techniques over the years, the majority of his oeuvre today consists of his distinctive trademark woodwork: multi-layered, meticulously and highly detailed sculptural woodcuts, blended with diverse painting and pigmenting styles.
Artist website: alexdiamond.de
Alex Diamond edition for "Artists for Monolith":
#02 | July - September 2015: Julia Benz
As one of Berlin’s leading young female painters, Julia Benz has a thirst for life and experience which seems to be perfectly matched to her determination and dedication to her craft.
Taking on new projects in unfamiliar territory seems to have been the theme of the last two years for Benz but all the while holding strong to her diehard work ethic and hours upon hours of studio time. Between trips oversees and massive projects like painting a boat and giving art workshops in Africa, Benz still somehow manages to keep up with the high demand for her studio work as well.
Her secret no doubt, is the long days she spends in her Berlin studio smashing away at 4 or 5 paintings at a time. From massive canvas works to much smaller delicate pieces, her paintings are electric. Layers upon layers of color and pattern weave together somehow perfectly driven by nothing more than impulse, experience and intuition. (James Bullough, vantagepointradio.com)
Artist website: juliabenz.de
Julia Benz Edition for "Artists For Monolith":
#03 | August - December 2015: Jeff Soto
Jeff Soto is a painter, illustrator and muralist who has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. As a teen, he simultaneously discovered both traditional painting and illegal graffiti – and, ever since, both worlds have informed his work. The artist’s distinct color palette, subject matter and technique resonate with a growing audience and bridge the gap between pop surrealism and street art. Inspired by youthful nostalgia, nature, and popular culture, his bold, representational work is simultaneously accessible and stimulating.
He lives and works in California with his wife and two daughters.
Artist website: jeffsoto.com