A cowboy's work is never done: 15 years of heliumcowboy
A cowboy's work is never done: 15 years of heliumcowboy
A book project in celebration of the Hamburg based art gallery heliumcowboy
A book project in celebration of the Hamburg based art gallery heliumcowboy Read more
About this project
... when in the year 2002 Jörg Heikhaus opened a small gallery in a very small space in Hamburg St. Pauli, it was experimental, it was different, it was the first of its kind in Germany, and one of very few like-minded artspaces in Europe. Now, 15 years later, this experiment has proven to be a global success and heliumcowboy is proud to say that it became a vital part in the foundation of one of the largest new movements in contemporary art today and is seen as a pioneer of a new format of art galleries.
It has been a long ride...
It took us from St. Pauli into the world, to the crazy art hot spots Miami and New York, to Basel, London and other cities and countries that like to celebrate art. We moved in our beloved Underground and amongst the High Society of the so-called elite. But we‘ve always kept faithful to Hamburg, as our base and starting point for our adventures into the world of art.
A lot of things have happend, mostly good, some bad, and many things have changed over the years. It is an experience that created great moments for a lot of people – the many presented artists, the team of heliumcowgirls and -boys and the thousands of guests coming to our shows, the art fairs and projects.
The best part: heliumcowboy is still here, and we are still going strong. And that is reason to celebrate!
With the book "A cowboy's work is never done: 15 Years of heliumcowboy art gallery" we want to look back to the past years of pioneering in the field of art and gallery work. The book is both interesting for the Hamburg based art lover who is visiting our exhibitions since the beginning and interested readers from Brooklyn and London.
The book is segmented into different categories that reflect the development phases in the history of heliumcowboy art gallery. The golden thread are the "Cowboy Stories" by gallery owner Jörg Heikhaus, who will give insights and betray secrets from the life as a gallery owner and behind the scenes of the art world. A second recurring element are the artists: interviews, quotes, art works and pictures of defining exhibitions that shaped the gallery and Hamburgs art scene.
Help us to realize this project and publish this book!
We aim for 30.000 € which will solely cover the costs of printing, packaging, all the Kickstarter and transaction fees. The book is edited by Rudolf Klöckner (URBANSHIT), designed by Daniel Hansen (Hansen/2) and published by Jan Müller-Wiefel and GUDBERG NERGER. The book will be approx. 250 pages thick and ready for shipment in spring 2018.
The rewards for your help:
You'll receive an exclusive set of four postcards by heliumcowboy artists Victor Castillo, Boris Hoppek, Rune Christensen and Alex Diamond, ready for that handwritten snailmail you wanted to send to your loved ones for such a long time. – 8€, unlimited
You'll get one of our artist posters we will print specially for this crowdfunding. It’s a reproduction of a woodcut by Alex Diamond from 2016, called “Along The Banks Of Rivers”. Size: A2 (42 x 59 cm). – 15€, unlimited
A SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK
Be one of the first! You'll receive a copy of the book – with a personal thank you note and signature of gallery owner Jörg Heikhaus AND Alex Diamond at the same time. This is special and has never happened before. And most likely won’t happen again. – 29€, unlimited
You'll receive a very special T-Shirt, based on a brand new woodcut by Alex Diamond. please make sure to let us know the size, gender and which color you prefer. – 30€, unlimited
A SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK + A LITTLE SURPRISE
You'll receive a signed copy of the book (signed by gallery owner Jörg Heikhaus AND Alex Diamond at the same time) + a little surprise from GUDBERG NERGER Magazine Shop. – 35€, limited edition of 10
PRINT EDITION: ALEX DIAMOND
You'll receive a print of an original Artwork by Alex Diamond: “NEVER STOP”, woodcut, 2014. Limited edition of 20, Size: 20 x 30 cm, numbered and signed. Printed on 285 g/m2 Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl paper. This release is exclusively produced for this crowdfunding campaign, these prints will not be available anywhere else and only if the campaign is successful. – 40€, limited edition of 20
PRINT EDITION: BORIS HOPPEK
You'll receive a print of an original Artwork by artist Boris Hoppek: “I can’t get my c*** out of this Rock”, drawing, 2016. Limited edition of 20, Size: 40 x 30 cm, numbered and signed. Printed on 285 g/m2 Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl paper. This release is exclusively produced for this crowdfunding campaign, these prints will not be available anywhere else and only if the campaign is successful. - 50€, limited edition of 20
PRINT EDITION: VICTOR CASTILLO
You'll receive a print of an original Artwork by artist Victor Castillo: “You are the inspiration”, painting, 2011 Limited edition of 20, Size: 40 x 40 cm, numbered and signed. Printed on 285 g/m2 Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl paper. This release is exclusively produced for this crowdfunding campaign, these prints will not be available anywhere else and only if the campaign is successful. – 60€, limited edition of 20
EXCLUSIVE SEQUEL TO A LEGENDARY 56K-SILKSCREEN
In 2009, artist 56K released a silk screen print at the opening of the group show NACHSCHLAG!, at heliumcowboy: “I’M #1 SO WHY TRY HARDER”. This print sold out immediately and is probably our most successful print of the last 15 years.
As a very special reward for this campaign, Ole Utikal aka 56K will create a follow up print – a sequel so to say: STILL #1 …AND IT WAS EASY – 180€, limited edition of 20
HELIUMCOWBOY SILKSCREEN PRINT COLLECTION
A bundle of 4 Silkscreen prints from past Editions (2014 – 2016): 2 prints by Alex Diamond, 1 by Elmar Lause and a collaboration by Rune Christensen, Jay Olé & Alex Diamond. – 200€, limited to 10
MAGAZINEDRAWING IN A MAGAZINE OF YOUR CHOICE BY ALEX DIAMOND
This is pretty unique: If you choose this reward you can send your favorite magazine to the Studio of Alex Diamond, who then picks a page and converts it into one of his infamous magazinedrawings. – 250€, limited to 10www.alexdiamond.net/magazinedrawings/
PHOTODRAWING BY ALEX DIAMOND ON A PERSONAL PHOTO
Even more unique: If you choose this reward you can send your favorite personal photo as a printable file to the Studio of Alex Diamond, who then prints it out in a size of 20x30 cm and converts it into one of his infamous Photodrawings. – 400€, limited to 10
ABENDBROT FOR 4 IN THE GALLERY INCLUDING A TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION
You'll receive an invitation for an Abendbrot (traditional german evening supper) in our gallery - you pick three to four other guests, and we take care of the rest. Gallery owner Jörg Heikhaus, publisher Jan Müller-Wiefel (GUDBERG NERGER) and editor Rudolf Klöckner (URBANSHIT) are your hosts an join you for the meal. You will be dining inside an exhibition, and the gallery is exclusively reserved for you and your guests for the evening. Choice of vegan, vegetarian and omnivore menu. Includes a personal tour of the exhibition by Jörg Heikhaus. – 600€, limited to 3
OVERNIGHT STAY IN THE GALLERY INCLUDING A TOUR OF THE EXHIBITION
We turn our gallery into a very special Hotel room for you and one other guest of your choice. We set up a bedroom (privacy guaranteed) within the current exhibition, and you get the keys to the place for the night. Coffee, Minibar and free Wifi included (travel costs are not, though). Jörg Heikhaus will give you a personal tour of the exhibition before we leave you alone. – 1.200€, limited to 1
ORIGINAL ART BY HELIUMCOWBOY ARTISTS
This is a pretty special item on our list: you will get a voucher that is valid for artworks of your choice from our exhibitions or collections. With this you not only support the making of this book, but also the artists of the gallery.
SMALL – 2.000€, limited to 1
MEDIUM – 4.500€, limited to 1
LARGE – 8.000€, limited to 1
WALL PAINTING / MURAL
You'll receive your own unique wall design in your apartment, office or wherever you like! – 5.000€, limited to 2
And last but not least, special thanks to...
Risks and challenges
Kickstarter is based on trust and we sure appreciate you considering giving us yours. We’ve been working in the creative & publishing business for years now, we know how to get things done and we’re certain we will be capable to bring this one to life as well. The book is edited by Rudolf Klöckner (URBANSHIT), designed by Daniel Hansen (Hansen/2) and published by Jan Müller-Wiefel and Jürgen Nerger (GUDBERG NERGER).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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