Case Bee Keeper 5
Copyright: Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte / Hans-Georg Merkel
2019, in situ
6 x 12 m
Acrylic paint, concrete
Case, a member of the Frankfurt-based Ma'Claim crew who also goes by the name of Andreas von Chrzanowski, is known both for his wall murals and for the panel paintings he creates for the art market. Hailing from East Germany, he began experimenting with the "forbidden art of the 80s" (Moses) in 1995. Together with the Ma'Claim crew (Case, Akut, Rusk and Tasso), he then developed a technique combining spray painting, as an essential element of Urban Art, with photo collages. The motifs created exhibit a clear affinity with hip-hop culture. The four crew members later all went their own ways – Case choosing to dedicate himself to classic painting. Albeit using spray paint. Hands tend to be his central motif. In an article for the online market place Widewalls, Case is called "one of the most innovative German street artists". With his work The Beekeeper in the wild landscape garden of the Völklingen Ironworks World Heritage Site, created for the Urban Art Biennale 2019, Case wanted to draw attention to colony collapse disorder and to human behavior that is disrespectful of nature.