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Christian Rothenhagen

Christian Rothenhagen/ aka deerBLN is a fine artist and designer who grew up and lives in Berlin. He has had various publications and artist features in quite a number of books and magazines, both national and international.
He is known for his conceptional, architecture focused drawings, paintings and installations – capturing the changes of his beloved city of Berlin and San Francisco (his second love/ wich he frequently visits since the mid 90ies).
He shows his personal view on the city and it’s transformation, creates pause for the viewer and tries to „freeze“ some moments in time.
His art is mostly presented in galleries, but can also be found in the streets.
Over the last two decades his works have been exhibited in solo- and group shows in Europe, the USA, Canada, The Lebanon and Japan…

Christian Rothenhagen

Christian Rothenhagen/ aka deerBLN is a fine artist and designer who grew up and lives in Berlin. He has had various publications and artist features in quite a number of books and magazines, both national and international.
He is known for his conceptional, architecture focused drawings, paintings and installations – capturing the changes of his beloved city of Berlin and San Francisco (his second love/ wich he frequently visits since the mid 90ies).
He shows his personal view on the city and it’s transformation, creates pause for the viewer and tries to „freeze“ some moments in time.
His art is mostly presented in galleries, but can also be found in the streets.
Over the last two decades his works have been exhibited in solo- and group shows in Europe, the USA, Canada, The Lebanon and Japan…

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“You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.”
Italo Calvino

The work of Christian Rothenhagen confronts his urban surroundings by underlining its deep bond with memory and identity.
Cities are like organic creatures, they grow, expand, transform, and sometimes even die.
The influence a town has on its inhabitants is undeniable, and to be a Berliner – like Rothenhagen is – means to live in a place under permanent transformation more than other.
Christian is one of the witnesses of the metamorphose since the wall times.
His artworks, that could be defined as town-portraits, transmit a sort of nostalgic, melancholic feeling: the empty spaces, the lack of human presence or activities, the street lights, the electric cables immortalised, spread a sort of weird silence – so unnatural for cities- and the awareness that the places represented are often no more existing – catapults Rothenhagens works in the domain of visual poetry.
The concept of memory is rich of poetic and psychological implications, and became quite of a central topic in the contemporary art scene, maybe as an answer to the fragility and corruptibility of the cyber-memory of the technological society.
Rothenhagen wants to remember, and wants us to acknowledge, not only the places he loved and are no more, but also the beauty and the peace he sees in street views and corners apparently ruled by decay and desolation. Freezing moments in time – keeping them alive.

For more than three decades, skateboarding has been an active part of Christian Rothenhagen’s life and directed his interest towards art, illustration, and design – forms of expression traditionally linked to skateboarding as much as skateboarding is linked to urbanity – interest that influenced undoubtedly the style of his artworks.
The choice of the supports of Rothenhagen’s artworks is also a direct inheritance from being a Berliner. In Berlin the artistic creative way of recycling objects and materials, particularly wood, was almost a town-tradition as well as the wall-painting, as a historical way to protest, has a deep bond with a town defined from a wall for such long time. In skateboarding, the boards are made of wood, and the material where the wheels roll at best is concrete. It seems a consequent choice for a Berlin based skateboarder with an incredible talent for drawing, to make art mostly on wood, paper of any kind, cardboard, MDF and of course walls.

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