It is a major honor for me to have friends like Jo Fischer, Jörg Heikhaus, Arthur Heisler and Tobias Faust. Guys, I am not sure you really know how much your work inspires me. Mr. Heisler, Mr. Faust: Awesome video portrait – can't wait to work a lot more with you. Mr. Fischer: Get yourself some kneepads.
One of my personal long-term objectives was to mix Motorkultur and Art. I had some discussions about giving my Poncho (which is white at the moment) as a canvas to an artist, another thought was to do some kind of Motorkultur-/Chromjuwelen-exhibition with galleries. But you know how it is — those soul projects always take some time. And time is money. Unfortunately.
Some days ago my favorite art dealer, Heliumcowboy Artspace, contacted me and asked if I could donate some car magazines to one of his artists, Alex Diamond. Alex Diamond is just producing a side kick — he is doing some artsy magazine rip offs (2007-2008; 2012). His work is drawn straight into the magazines with fine ink pens. On-the-road, instant artworks. I have seen some of them, and they are simply gorgeous.
So I gave it a try and donated an old issue of Carl*s Cars (oups – website broken?) which I had twice. Today Alex offered his fist set of drawings on Etsy (just hit one of the images above), which are stunning. It has never been easier to get some unique Motorkultur art.
Luke, we definetely have to talk soon. About a special Fuel Magazine edition. What do you think?
We are not the biggest fans of "calendars". But there are always some exceptions. Like this one. This one is a MUST HAVE — regardless of whether you hang it to your wall or use it as a "coffee table calendar". The point is: there will not be a better opportunity to get 13 Jo Fischer photographs for a special rate of EUR 39,-.
When Jo Fischer and Jörg Heikhaus aka Heliumcowboy Artspace asked us to "fuel" Jo's Calendar we did not have to think twice. Jo has shot a ton of breathtaking photos for us — Agnostic Front, VW Berlin, Ken Block, Jesse James, B.J. Baldwin — so it is a matter of honor for us to support him.
Head over to Heliumcowboy Artspace to place your order.
It is no secret I am a big fan of Jo Fischer (web: jofischer.com) and Heliumcowboy Artspace (web: heliumcowboy.com). As Jo Fischer primarily works as a photographer (with an extreme tendency to nomadism), Jörg Heikhaus is the guy who takes care Jo doesn't get lost on one of his rough trips.
Jörg is running his gallery Helimcowboy in Hamburg for almost a decade and works with some of the biggest talents of our times. He and his team has been curating projects and exhibitions outside of the Heliumcowboy Artspace for years — in art hotspots like Barcelona, Miami, Basel or New York. Some still may remember the Volkswagen "Project Fox" event in Kopenhagen — Jörg has been one of the masterminds behind this gorgeous event.
For his latest project "Stadtkinder!" — which will be documented with 3D photos taken with Nintendo 3DS — Jo Fischer is going to tour with an exhibition in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin. In all three cities Facebook friends (FB: Jo Fischer Photographer, FB: Helimcowboy Artspace) will accompany him on his wanderings. The ensuing exhibitions present next to Fischer's classical large format photographs also the picture documentation of his companions.
Nintendo supports the exhibitions. Make sure you'll be there.
Via Heliumcowboy Artspace: "We are happy to present Jo Fisher's project "Character" which is the first solo exhibition of the Berlin based photographer in Hamburg. Jo Fischer's photography can be considered as a medium of interpretation and expression, and not as a mere documentary record of visual facts.
Reminding on Richard Avedons "In the American West", Fischer's project "Character" may be understood as a platform of a disremembered society. The photographer himself becomes the mediator between marginal people and the masses, as he depicts people whose normality seems unreal to most of us.
Legend has it that Jo Fischer has decided to become a photographer by drawing lots. After a long and turbulent career in the music business he bought his first camera on e-bay in 2007. In a short period of time he became one of the much asked for commercial photographers up to date, and he assembled a striking body of work including straight-forward portraits which become timeless in black and white.
"Herr Fischer bittet zu Tisch" is another running project by Jo Fischer, one which is known to a wider public. In only a few seconds he depicts his vis-à-vis bringing to view the unique character of the person he just met. 1000 people are invited to sit on his table: the housewife, the children from next door, the rock musician or the burlesque dancer. Altogether they reflect a combination of honesty and a zest of the wicked – a portrait of urban society.
"Character" is as well a hommage to the people: to the people living on the margine."
P.S.: I am still absolutely stoked about the portraits of B.J. Baldwin, Ken Block and Jesse James Jo Fischer did for us during the Baja 300 Powerdays ...
I'll just steal some words from my friend Jörg Heikhaus, who describes it best:
[...] 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. [...]