Can Akif Henne

"Perhaps i am interested in beauty, poesy and the cryptic in my work, but most of all in potentialities."

Education & Experience

Fine Art Studies at the Free School of Arts, Stuttgart
Stone-Sculpturing, Profess. Education at Restoration Instit. Stuttgart
Scenography, Training at State Theaters in Stuttgart & Berlin
Media Design Training at Media School Berlin
Independent Studies in the Arts
Restoration Projects at Cultural & Historic Buildings
Curatorial Artprojects for Galleries, esp. for pink gallery Berlin
Lectureship at Private Art Schools in Berlin

© Can Henne - All rights reserved

© Can Henne - All rights reserved


Can Henne conceives his work as a process that develops by experimenting with different media. The works of art become shaped as a result of a creative working process whereby the method is almost de-materialized. Something that wasn't yet born, but as a possibility has already been waiting to display in the visible world drives his quest. By blurring boundaries between mystery and materiality, inner and the outside world, consciousness and the tangible the symbiosis of the contrasts are performed, the antagonism neutralized, the being creatively recognized.
The mostly digitally created Tableaux "Utopia - no land", where the Painterly becomes alive from another perspective or "Verses" where previously unrelated Photographs transcend into new spaces, all that can hardly be arranged into conventional categories. However, if you are looking for resemblance, his working can be described as a symbiosis of metamodern expressionism and hyperreal surrealism.
The artistic handling with digital tools (brush), transparent pieces from pictures (scissor) and plug in filters cannot be compared with those followed in former times. But undoubtedly, the connection link is the law of composition and the appearance as a Painting or a Photograph. Traditional Painting as a mental substrate, extended by atypical ways of treatment, unusual coloration and electronic conjecture. Photographs shredded and enslaved for extended versions of reality. The material disappears, stretches out into a spatial depth and forms a surface with surreal texture.
A complex screen layout renders help to an often expressive tendency where the different picture elements join themselves into a homogeneous and new language of impressive efficacy. In spite of the strangeness, the theatrical scenes, causing direct attraction of the viewer - stimulated by a world, which seems to be different - imply a higher sense but still familiar. They illustrate the procedure of a mounting and conversion from invisibility into reality. The unseen arises in a perceptive light. The sublime secret, not-say-able becomes vivid.
From where does it mount? Whereby it is transformed?
The phenomenon causes susceptibility for the existential implications of being yet gives no answer to the questions on the composition of their nature. The unique visual language understands to penetrate superficial agreements in the quality of seeing. References to mythical themes appear unexpectedly, without ever intending to. What can be seen hardly is concrete rather simultaneously distraughts and makes euphoric, but also explores the beauty in it.
In order to regain our metaphysical rootedness and by going beyond usual social communication contents the images entail and make possible a new appropriate view in the today's time of art; without to endeavor the myths of past cultures. Our Urfiguren dipped into new life.
Here are creatures which are not attributable to biological genus, but exist solely as an imagined shape. How in these worlds the "living" appears as a morphogenic form, that is the cryptic act of this work. Something conscious sticks to it; as if it wants to express something what no thing ever could in reality. It is present as intrinsic, as a characteristic in an alive cosmos of forms.
Theatrical image spaces, atmospheric conditions and effects of different places and situations rise into transcendental, poetic images and objects. Snapshots, which record a short snippet of a more comprehensive process in fact. The magic of our lives.

- Carl Krauss

Selected Exhibitions, Projects and Others

Exhibition at the Computer Art Congress [CAC.3] Atelier X, Paris
„WYSIWYG“ Two Person Show, 5th People Project, Berlin

„..Into GOLD“ Group Show, pink gallery, Berlin
„Emblem Of Modernity“ Group Show, pink gallery, Berlin

Restoration Project at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam
Launch of, Contemporary Art e-learning platform
Classes for Contemporary Art at Visions of Art online courses
Classes for Clay Modeling at Private Art School, Berlin

„Mix the Amalgamation“ Group Show, turn-berlin, Berlin
Restoration Project at the Market Gate of Miletus, Pergamon Museum, Berlin

„COLLECTION“ , Online art-project, pink gallery, Berlin
Exhibition at the Computer Art Congress [CAC.2] Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City
„Heros“ - Group Show, Rhizome/New Museum, New York

Ancestors Gallery“ Two Person, BFA Gallery, Berlin
„01/01 - Half a Documenta“ Group Show, Poliflur, Berlin
„Triumph of Painting“ Group Show, pink gallery, Berlin
„Snap to Grid“ Group Show, LACDA, Center for digital art, Los Angeles
„digi paintings“ TaylorWessing, Berlin, 2007

Berliner Kunstsalon, Art Fair, Booth Presentation pink gallery, Berlin
„GOTT IS A COMPUTER“ Two Person, pink gallery, Berlin

„microwest“ Group Show, Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin
Restoration Project at the baroque styled Arolsen Castle

„LUCK GUARANTEES !“ Art-Festival, pink gallery, Berlin, Organization

„Warrior“ Stage Design, theaterforum kreuzberg, Berlin

„The 81 Minutes of Miss A.“ Stage- & Costume Design, Theater Stükke, Berlin
„The ABC of Life“, Stage Design, tfk, Berlin

„The Shorewatchers' House“ Stage & Costume-Design, tfk, Berlin

„Carmina Burana“ Stage Design, City Hall Gerlingen, Stuttgart

„Hallschlager Delikatessen“ Group Show, Artwork Studios, Stuttgart