"After the Laughter" The 2nd Book of Herakut.
The second collection of works by this street art duo. Scarce and out of print.
Looking back on the distance we have come since forming our little artist-duo Herakut in 2004, we can divide up our path into three segments: A) getting no attention, B) getting tons of attention, and C) trying to feel as free as in (A) while assuming all the responsibility that comes with (B). (Hera) Since The Perfect Merge was published in 2008, the prolific street art duo Herakut has risen to the spotlight in the international art world. Herakut - After the Laughter takes an intimate view at the individuals behind the impressive pieces, as well as their dynamic as a team, their interior styles, and their place within the art world. Designed as a scrapbook by Hera and Akut, the title features all new murals, works on canvas, and sketches. The book is collaged with images in different mediums and includes revealing photographs of the duo. All elements are woven into a multilayered, poetic reflection on art and its place in the world, with a range of freeform ideas penned artfully on the book pages in Herakut's signature lettering. Masking tape edges and crossed out pencil confessions add to the personal, forthright style an open invitation into the frenzied minds and rapid-fire hands of a unique artistic team.
About the artists Hera & Akut:
Hera, Jasmin Siddiqui, born 1981 in Frankfurt, Germany. Studied Visual Communication/Graphic Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden. Started graffiti in 2000.
Akut, Falk Lehmann, born 1977 in Schmalkalden, Germany. Studied Visual Communication/Graphic Design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Started graffiti in 1991.
"The German artists Hera and Akut, both with roots in the graffiti scene, joined forces in 2004 and began creating collaborative work under the name of Herakut. The duo has shown around the world, including in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London, and Bristol. They have published two books, The Perfect Merge published in 2009 and 2011's After the Laughter, to great success. Herakut's paintings are sensuous, savage, and always remarkable for their powerful dualism. Akut's photorealistic details play out against Hera's expressive, more gestural, line-work in canvases that seem poised to articulate stories of triumph and hardship. Humor and text are weaved their way into the work effortlessly."