Helmut Gutbrod

Double time, 2006
Portfolio of 3 Prints, each nyloprint / woodcut, 1 CD of selfcomposed piano music,1 Nyloprint / woodcut on the title cover, number 1 from an edition of 50, 15.74 x 11.81 inches. $400






Flash Memory (in cooperation with Markus Lau Hintzenstern), 2003
16 stamped motives on 32 cardboards (each 3.14 x 3.14 inches), number 11 from an edition of 30, in a cardboard box, 6.69 x 6.69 x 0.58 inches. $200





Recovered Icons (in cooperation with Markus Lau Hintzenstern), 2003
9 Leporellos of silkscreens in 9 passepartout covers in a cardboard box, 1 double sheet text, Number 7 from an edition of 30, 12.08 x 9.64 x 1.41 inches. $1500





Statement

Helmut Gutbrod is a drawer, printmaker and book artist. In the centre of his work stands the human figure – reduced and shadowy – in combination with abstract structures that reminds on natural elements or organic cell tissues. In between this combination Helmut Gutbrod opens a dialogue of the different layers to create a fragile balance.

In ‘double time’ he works with fading. So you can find floating organic structures inside of the body sections like lines of thoughts or magnetic currents.

In ‘flash memory’ and ‘recovered icons’ Helmut Gutbrod works together with Markus Lau Hintzenstern who lives and works in Berlin as a fotographer, web designer and book artist. For many years they made collaborations in different art projects. Both artists were looking for logos and symbols that describe human behaviour.

Helmut Gutbrod created and developed his own signs of figures and abstruse body shapes like his series ‘to the bone’. Markus Lau Hintzenstern was looking for signs and symbols in his everyday life environment.

In ‘flash memory’ they stamped single signs they had taken out of their normal meanings and created a game of logos. In ‘recovered icons’ they created in nine leporellos a dialogue between different logos and symbols to get a new sight and a new meaning of the logos. The former meaning of the symbols as holder of clear information is forgotten and now you can read them like a picture poem and find your own meaning.

Biography

Helmut Gutbrod was born in Nuremberg, Germany and lives and works now in Berlin as an artist and a musician. He studied Musicology and Theatre in Erlangen and Berlin where he received a MA degree. He has composed music for theatre and film and gives concerts as a pianist for modern jazz and contemporary improvised music. As an artist he has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Europe and the USA including Amsterdam, Berlin, Dortmund, Hamburg, Hanover, Lübeck, Kaliningrad, Newark, New York, Milan, Munich, Skopje, Stuttgart, Zurich.

His work can be seen in numerous public collections including Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung Munich, Stadtmuseum Nuremberg, Berlinische Galerie, Zimmerli Art Museum, Newark Public Library Collection, Flemish Centre for Graphic Arts, Belgium, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Anvers and Yale University Collection.

He received scholarships from several institutions including Cranachstiftung Wittenberg in 1997, Windler Stiftung Stein am Rhein (CH) in 2002, Künstlerhaus Kloster Cismar in 2003, Frans Masereel Centre, Belgium and Käthe Dorsch Stiftung in 2004.

In 2001/2002 he took part on the exchange project ‚artist to artist’ in Berlin and the printmaking council of New Jersey. In 2008 he received the first price of the Tempelhof-Schöneberger Kunstpreis in Berlin and in 2010 he will be in Switzerland for the Chretzeturm scholarship.

Helmut Gutbroad Website