Hendrik Dorgathen likes hints and allusions. As an integral part of Germany's comic book avantgarde he is dedicated to art projects as well as his work in video and multi media. In 1999 he made quite some publicity joining the group exhibition "Mutants" featuring the German comic avantgarde of the 90s. His work mirrors pop cultural phenomena and developments of film and fine arts and is dedicated to turn comic books into a respected form of art in Germany. It deals with man and machine, virtuals worlds, new media, mutants and of course the ever looming destruction of our world and existing world order. His stories are full of quotations of famous comic book heroes, works of art and idols. His illustrations for The New York Times, Geo and Die Zeit (German Times) and his book covers for German publishing house Rowohlt are widely known. One of his first comic book stories "Die Spore" (The Spore), was published in the late 1990s in a Spanish magazine and again in 2008 in a collection of short stories called "Slow". His comic book "Spacedog" tells the adventures of a little dog on a space mission. Edition Moderne published his latest book HOLODECK, a sketchbook containing scribbles, notes, drawings and improvised art of 45 years of work offering great insight into Hendrik Dorgathen's art. The exhibition at Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr features his work from August 26 to Oktober 21, 2012.
Source: KUNSTMUSEUM MÜLHEIM AN DER RUHR (http://www.kunstmuseum-mh.de)