"For more than ten years, Julio Rölle and Sebastian Bagge [otherwise known as 44flavours] have been working closely together as graphic designers and artists. They are definitely rooted in graffiti, which is not only visible in style and technique but also in their light-hearted approach, their unshakeable DIY-attitude as well as their ability to improvise and turn every piece of paper, board, wood or fabric into a piece of art. Analogue is the motto: they saw and cut, paint and spray.
Their latest work is the result of a deliberately set break that followed the question of how to find again that magic energy that has driven the duo for so many years. They wanted to deviate from worn-out approaches and develop new creative solutions. They wanted to escape the repetitious “Have you already…?” and “Yeah, sure”. They wanted to get back to “Hey! Wow! Very good!”. The escape plan was to re-enter the artistic and non-verbal dialogue. For that, they hid in a studio for three days. Julio started the process by using sketches from another project and developed an air brush technique for paper. Sebastian continued in copying the forms and shapes into wood cut that he printed upon Julio’s paintings. As the final step they finished each piece with another layer of air brush. The results were strong and convincing and so the shared fun was rebuilt and the intense cooperation continues.
Julio and Sebastian are living the dialogue. Not just the dialogue between each other but also a lived commune with all the signs and forms of the visual culture that surrounds them and therefore shapes them. Their work is an example of how to incorporate historic references with a playful touch while integrating actual and global visual phenomena respectfully. " Jana Duda
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