The artist AL @ DENKSTAHL is an autodidact and has been artistically active for more than 25 years. Having grown up in the milieu of Frankfurt, rebellion against the existing social system and the injustice has shaped his life early on, and thereafter his art. AL‘s works are thematically concerned with confronting the »illusory world«. He irritates, reflects, provokes, in order to repeatedly question all that exists in terms of meaning
and justification. He loves to play with words as well as with colors; alienating and distorting the meaning of common symbols. The message within the texts and images goes beyond socially critical and ethical contents, and does not only address questions of humanity, but also the sense and self-fulfillment within a superficial and consumer-oriented world. AL‘s statements are deep and tough, and for some people they may cause deterrence. Still, the internet creates a space for communication that enables both an exchange as well as mutual inspiration beyond physical and linguistic boundaries.
AL captures the digital age and the peculiarities of the zeitgeist in his art; it may be philosophical or accusing, but his works always have a certain ironic, humorous undertone. The virtual picture and word galleries on his website show a selection of his works. Most of his pictures are digital, some of them are available in limited editions as silk screen prints or as unique high-gloss prints. His art also shows similarities with the
approaches of culture jamming, which is a peripheral phenomenon aside the street art subculture. It is about playfully reversing the signification of signs and symbols within the prevailing system as well as the use of the media for a creative attack. Elements of his art can also be found in the Dadaism movement, which had originally emerged from an anti-art movement against conventional art forms. Like the Dadaists, AL is mainly concerned about revolt, and about absolute doubt – about the destruction of thoughtless norms and ideologies in the broadest sense. The virtual picture and word galleries on his website show a selection of his works.
Despite recognizable influences, AL is free from any forms of restrictions of being classified within an art movement, since his art simply happens unintentionally. It was also never his intention to sell any of his works.