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Herr Fischer bittet zu Tisch.


You'd think it's much bigger. The dinner table. The one that Jo Fischer carries around with him, taking photos of 1000 people sitting at it. Two lovers with a bottle of red and tiny plates fit around it. It's really that small.

Roughly three years ago, Jo Fischer picked up a camera and started to work as a professional photographer. The story behind his decision to get his first camera is a story of its own, one that I am sure will be told many times very soon, because Jo is bound to be one of the most talked about young photo artists coming from Germany.

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Casey McKee: exhibition in Frankfurt

Casey McKee will open his solo exhibition "Mistakes Were Made" at Galerie Greulich in Frankfurt this Friday. We had a chance to take a peek at the brand new works he will be showing, and there's just one word: amazing. The exhibition does not have a single theme and is not one coherent series as with most of Casey's shows in the past, but consists of various works based on individual subjects. 

If I were in Frankfurt, you'd definitely find me at Galerie Greulich's space on Fahrgasse 22 from 7 pm on Friday, April 16!

For more information on Casey, check our artist info or his website.



Lavagina #3 coming soon

Boris Hoppek is on the road to Tokio, where he will open his solo exhibition at Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama on April 21st. Curated by Kimiko Mitani Woo of MW Company, the show is called "Ever" and will also see the launch of the third issue of Boris' Sex-Magazine "Lavagina". Both, the show and the magazine, are taking "aim at Western cliches concerning Japanese culture". 

Boris promised to send some copies to us before he leaves for Japan. If he keeps his promise, we'll soon post it here - and as usual you can order the magazine in our online shop (Lavagina 2 is still available, just follow this link).

Hmmm. Sushi.


Nina Braun at Pictoplasma (and in the press)

Nina Braun is returning to the stage from her maternity leave - with full force: This weekend, she will speak on the panel at pictoplasma in Berlin, proabably the world's largest conference for character design and the universe around it. Her presentation is scheduled for Saturday afternoon (1.30 - 3.30 pm). Location: KINO BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburgstr. 30.

For our german speaking followers: Today, the Tagesspiegel (Berlin) features Nina in a large interview, go and read it here


Achtung Baustelle

News from the Baustelle: It is making progress, but due to the long winter it is also running behind shedule. Our planned opening date with Jeremy Fish (May 29) is not in danger, but the last construction workers will probably shake Jeremy's hand on their way out when we start to set up his show ...

More pictures from the new space (Status March, 31st) can be found here.


7 years ago ... 


This photo was taken on march 29, 2003, exactly seven years ago, at Sternstraße 4, Hamburg. It was at the first opening ever held at the heliumcowboy artspace. So from my perspective, taking the preceding months away that it took to turn an empty space into a gallery, create the art and get the business started, it is like ... our birthday, really. 

Alongside with many memories of a great opening party we held, I most vividly remember this trashed car model sitting on the counter of the bar that night. The stamp of our logo on the door of the model happened more or less by coincidence during the evening and not through the artist's hand. The whole thing was a result of trial and error - initially the car was supposed to be part of the exhibited artwork, but in the process before it got destroyed, serving as the test-material for a series of works that featured various converted car models. Those were a lot shinier though, and not destructed at all. But for me, the image of that messed up car above is what stuck in my mind from that night. 

The images from the opening can still be found online (here). Last year on March 29, we invited one last time to our old space in Schanzenviertel before moving out, a farewell party that was also the finissage of Lena Schmidt's inaugural exhibition (images). And the video below is from the incredible anniversary show we did for our fifth birthday in 2008 (images). 

All this reminds me that today, while our new space is almost done but still not ready and after 12 months during which we've moved from St. Pauli to the Central Station and back again, for the first time in years, we will celebrate in silence. 




Modart - the book. 

Finally, the MODART book arrived at the gallery! I tore open the package, flipped through the pages, liked what I saw - and decided to lean back, grab a coffee and start writing down a purely personal, totally subjective retrospect of the story behind it. Or at least my version of it.

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Jeremy Fish is coming to town.

As a teaser for the opening of our new space end of may in Hamburg: we found this great video by Upperplayground/Walrus TV about Jeremy Fish, the first artist to exhibit at the new heliumcowboy artspace this year. 

Can't tell you how happy I am to being able to show with Jeremy. And I seriously start to consider moving the gallery to San Francisco ... working out of the back of your Dodge Van overlooking the beach? Skateboarding a converted attaché case that would make James Bond jealous? Come on ...

More interesting features about Jeremy Fish can be found at The Citrus Report. And don't miss his blog at Juxtapoz. Well, there is so much stuff out there, just google the guy and you are entertained for the rest of the week.



Nina Braun on Television

Two days ago, Nina Braun was featured on german television: an insight into her studio and her current work. Check it out online here.

Nina will return to the heliumcowboy artspace later this year with her long awaited next solo-show. Stay tuned.


Back to Hamburg

We are back. Two exiting and exhausting weeks in New York behind us, we took the liberty to close the Ranch for a week. Sitting back at our desks in our temporary transit space we call our home until the big move (April? May!), we enjoy the tranquility of Hamburg - and miss all the rest.

There will be a bigger New York update soon. Currently I am compiling the dearest moments in a five-part mini series over at small-things.eu, an editorial site I am contributing to on a regular basis. As long as the memories are still fresh and we can still hear the laughter of our friends, old and new, echoing in our heads, I am writing down a longer feature over there - my very personal view on the great time we had. The first three parts are online already, once all five have been posted you will also be able to read them in our heliumcowboy-blog. Until then, visit this site for my New York Diaries.

Our finished booth at Volta New York was a boxing gym including (cardboard) locker filled with boxing gear and plastered with pin-ups.. This is how it looked before ... ... and this after take-down. what didn't get sold fit into some folders and a suitcase. World record for heliumcowboy. This includes the take-down time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.


I've added some pictures taken during the last days below: from the very busy closing day of the VOLTA art fair, some city images from New York in springtime (remember, we arrived in a snow storm? well, when we left it was T-shirt weather ...), and impressions from food we ate at really nice places ...

The biggest thankyou goes out to the people that made our stay so special: Ali and Adam from Factory Fresh Gallery for ... everything (so go check out their available artwork section and honour their efforts), Boris and Patrica for the hard work and great company, Isabel for being the undisputed number one assistant director, the best you can wish for; Alex for his "elusiveness", Jonathan for his friendship, Jade for being one of the greatest artists in the world (take care of that St. Pauli-shirt I gave you, remember, it was worn in the stand during so many matches), Jeff and Megan (and good luck with the Restaurant), Amanda and Chris for the support and indestructible good mood, everyone else at VOLTA, Sven for staying a close buddy, and of course all the friends that didn't get mentioned so far. Don't worry, this last part loses 99% of readers after the first six words anyway ...