DANIEL HARMS

Here we have an artist stepping on the throttle. Full speed. A tour de 
force through various styles of alternative art and rock music.

Daniel Harms, born 1980 in Hamburg, Germany, is expanding his pictorial reservations with the gesture of heavy Metal.
He was active, from 1993 to 2012, as a guitar player in Hamburg bands like „Time Has Come“ and „Men without god“.
Some texts, hard as a steam hammer, with a philosophical gesture are his. Which Heavy Metal you inevitably rub up 
discourse-obsessed Hamburg the wrong way. Daniel Harms has been living in Berlin since 2007.

His works of 2012 and 2013 were done with acrylic, oil pastels, crayons and charcoal on canvas. Some of them look sarcastic. Others embody the fending off of emotions? Pain? The baring of teeth. Grinning.
Room for interpretations. Curses leading to the confession: „Ignorance is bliss.“ Harms can forego subtle-mindedness.
The paint is squeezed directly from the tube.

In his pictorial design the line is predominant. Sometimes his eagerness to paint draws its inspiration from the world of „Batman“ comic strips, sometimes from the painting of children. Then again the breaking of rules comes via a refinement
of broken hearts, and, indeed, the form of the heart very often tries to be a gatekeeper of ultrasensitive true feeling.

The way Harms unleashes his stockpile of lines and makes it swing on a gut-level one can see that he is bent for
authenticity. Yet he knows that this, despite all the techniques of collage, has to be wishful thinking.
Therefore Harms stages the artificiality of making marks. What’s special in his images is his success in depicting authentic stirrings of the souls this way. At the same time, these images constitute aesthetic constructs, not mimicking spellings of life, which, in turn, would unfold by experiences.

Sharpening of meaning is indicated by arrow symbols. He is fascinated by the „Magical power“ of the images of the Dresden „Brücke“ artists, their „happy-go-lucky ways of authenticity“.

The richness in detail of the art of Daniel Harms culminates in scatterings of text, providing a diary-like foundation of the still young stock of images. What he confides to the canvas has a short-clocked life span.
They are impressions, aphorisms. The artist rapports. Excamations like „unfettered“, „pain“, „chaos“, and „help“ make for 
playful connection of beauty and schock, breathtakingly intertwined and traditions in any way - just simply young men’s convulsions.

Harms annotative style, the stirring in his own chaos of feelings and the look at the fate of close friends hasn’t got anything pathetic, but he takes it dead serious, especially when there are romantic fits oscillating between depression and wit.

Obsessive, labyrinthine, fascinating like the jungle: It is a rare for an artist to match his own work so closely like Daniel Harms in his most recent images, which have poetic core of glow. Sometimes things seem worn out. At other times there is power and existenial constancy.

These images never are euphoric in any place. In high spirits, yes. Some major keys point at optimism, but cheerfulness? No. Theystage a barrage of guitar music against the evil in the world just like he did as a musician in some rock bands before becoming a painter. He carries us along with his original samples and absurd breaks. And, if every now and then a quickly noted sentence goes awry, it´s not a big deal. Platitudes can, on the level of kitsch, wonderfully be welded to artistically contorted snippets of the presence. Daniel Harms walks on a narrow ridge. But successfully so.

Christoph Tannert
 

       

Totem - 250x350

 

Schwanenvater 2.0 - 180x240

 

Ritt der Walküre - 160x200

 

  

       

Konflikt - 160x200

 

Jagdfieber - 160x200

 

Schön - 160x200

 

 

       

Belagerung - 180x240

 

Blut, Milch & Pinsel - 180x240

 

Der Schandfleck - 180x240

 

 

       

Aasfresser - 180x240

 

...and justice for all - 180x240

 

Aus/Flug - 180x240

 

 

   

BMB  - 180x240

 

Feierabend - 180x240