This year marks the 30th anniversary of Markus WOW123 Genesius’ active graffiti career. Since 1988 Genesius is an important part of the international graffiti scene and since today he hasn’t lost his power of pushing his graffiti forward. With his very own style he influenced following writer generations and painted uncountable walls all over the world. Against the predominant rules of the graffiti movement in the early 90’s, WOW123 didn’t just experimented with typography – he was one of the first writers who mixed classical style writing with photorealistic image content and three-dimensional lettering. That is why Markus Genesius can truly be seen as an inspiration for many writers until today.
2010 Genesius settled down in an artist community in his hometown Bremen and experiments with new materials and artistic procedures since then. Just adapting his internationally well-known graffiti vocabulary onto the limited shape of a canvas, wasn’t the artistic idea he had for himself and his art. During his latest creative progress he worked with one symbol, which soon became his signature motive: the German TV test picture, which was used until the beginning of the 90’s for send pauses during the nights. It is one of the most famous colour test pictures worldwide and Markus Genesius took control over this abstract composition of lines and colour fields. Fascinated by the prominent cultural history of the famous German TV test picture and the accompanied questions about the current generation’s medial behaviour, the artist started to experiment with the abstract composition of lines and geometric colour fields. Every artwork represented at his exhibitions shows an artistic handling of the image. With the use of his graffiti vocabulary and the obvious work with spray paint, Genesius never lost contact to his artistic background and every artwork today build up on his artistic history.
For his second exhibition Conquer New Spaces at the art is just a four letter word gallery in Soest/ Germany, visitors can look forward to new canvases of the German artist, whereupon the test picture is still going to play an important role. Interested people can assure oneself of the unconventional interpretations of the artist at the 14th of April 2018 at 7pm (Markt 6, 59494 Soest). The opening takes place in presence of the artist. For more information please write us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +49 202 2651413.