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GALACTIC PHENOMENA BY HEIKO BLANKENSTEIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Zurich based artist Heiko Blankenstein has a focus on extra-terrestrial landscapes, galactic phenomena and the efforts of scientifically explaining them. His obsessive drawings and lightboxes with their figurative imagery and multiple narrative levels place his own work into existing iconography.

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Not all motives derive from Blankenstein himself, but instead converge as a result of unrestricted combinations, embedding studies of nature as well as art history in a new state of aggregation. He works on astronomical and alchemical illustrations of early modern times, depictions of cosmologic models, the prospectus of old master landscapes and interior spaces of historic examples of architecture.

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