Review. A contemporary portrayal of the Rammstein ideal. (The latest series by artist C.W.Lübeck ). By Alfred Rotterheim.
Inspired by the German industrial metal group Rammstein,C.W.Lübeck’s work creates a tension that is hard to shake. Primarily, because his work operates on a psychological level that challenges the viewer.
Rammstein is an industrial metal band from Berlin, Germany. The band was formed in 1994 and consists of Till Lindemann (lead vocals), Richard Z. Kruspe (guitar and backing vocals), Paul H. Landers (guitar, backing vocals), Oliver “Ollie” Riedel (bass guitar), Christoph “Doom” Schneider (drums and electronic percussion) and Christian “Flake” Lorenz (keyboards).
The band works with dark themes, heavy guitar riffs, industrial beats and scathing vocals. Reise, Reise (C.W.Lübeck’s highly inspiration song), a song and album title by the band, is based on the deadliest crash in history. On August 12, 1985 Japan Airlines Flight 123 suffered an explosion that caused the loss of all flight control and rendered the aircraft uncontrollable. Frantically, the pilots fought to keep the plane aloft for nearly a half hour, but eventually became trapped in the towering mountain ranges surrounding Mt. Fuji and crashed. Of the 524 people on board, only 4 people survived.
Movement is present, but exists within a grotesque arena where flesh is peeled away to reveal a mass of muscle-like tissues and non-human elements. The art works of CARL WASSA LÜBECK are both stunning and shocking in their honesty. There is so much thought and energy flowing into and out of these works that seeing them is a conversation taking place in real time. Each of his unique works demands your attention. The surface images grab you and the messages is forced into your sub-conscious.
C.W.Lübeck’s paintings are characterized by a unique combination of realism and surrealist abstraction. I find this art series ,The Phases Of Rammstein, rather disturbing. Artist C.W.Lübeck clearly understands anatomy, and has used this knowledge to give an unsettling reality to these surreal twisted figures. Though it’s not pretty, I like the piece for both the confident handling and the interesting psychological exploration that is going on.
Like C.W.Lübeck said: “I remember saying to myself: “Incredibly enough, Rammstein’s music and my art have so much in common!” Songs such as ‘Bück Dich (Bend Over), ‘Reise, Reise’ (Journey, Journey), ‘Bestrafe Mich’ (Punish Me), ‘Mein Teil’ (My Part) ‘Mutter’ (Mother), ‘Sehnsucht’ (Longing) have already left their marks on my most recent paintings.”
A few years ago C.W.Lübeck came to think about the possibility to break up artistic rules at the same time as trying to stick to the professional views over art forms, techniques and industri metal music. The only way out was to enter surrealism and create an unimaginable combination between a post-industrial society and his art.
The human body still represents an unexplored secret for the scientific world, making it an exciting challenge for Lübeck, entagled bodies, grotesque gestures and impossible positions, that are only a bit of what Carl Wassa Lübeck exploits in his art end fix on paper with the help of his pencil.
C.W.Lübeck’s art is not horror show, it is a sensible message, a methodical way to inspect artistic variety and examine the question of how far we may go in art and how long art will prevail.
Carl Wassa Lübeck, (in the year 2001) at the Third edition of the Biennale for Contemporary Art in Florence,Italy, has expressed his reaction to the tragic events of 9/11 in New York. The Biennale is being chosen to be included in the UN programme “A dialogue among civilization”.