Michael Hennings / 1984 / Hamburg (Germany)
I make art for people who care about a climate and socially just built environment.
My name is Michael Hennings and I work under my artist name OFFBEAT at the intersection of Urban Contemporary Art and Architecture.
Both urban art and architecture are subject areas that have accompanied me for a long time.
The first intensive contact with urban space took place through graffiti writing. By studying architecture and working in various renowned architectural offices, I was able to deepen these impressions with a theoretical and technical knowledge and incorporate them into my artistic work.
In this environment, which is characterized by architectural themes, I have come to the conclusion that continuing to build as before is not justifiable from an ecological point of view, but also from a social and economic point of view. The fact alone that about 40% of the European greenhouse gases are caused by the building sector (construction and operation) shows that a rethinking must take place here.
My works are directly related to building culture and sustainable architecture. They tell stories about the effect of architecture on us humans and how humans affect architecture.
At the same time, the works encourage unconventional but responsible action to create truly contemporary architecture with a positive impact for a sustainable world.
SOLO AND DUO EXHIBITIONS:
2021 - „Pure Pieces“, Contemporary Art Gallery, Hamburg
2021 - „Modern and now“ (with Andreas Schlesinger), Haus Karl Schneider, Hamburg
2019 - „Brutal Minimal“, Galerie Brutal, Hannover
2019 - „Constructed“ (with „Scek“), Altes Zollamt, Hamburg
2017 - changing exhibitions, Underpressure, Hamburg
GROUP EXHIBITIONS / FESTIVALS:
2022 - "Qvartr together charity", Qvartr Gallery, Hamburg
2022 - "Urban Art No. 19", Freiland Studio, Vienna
2022 - "Beyond Space" (MeetFrida Foundation), Stilwerk, Berlin and Hamburg
2022 - "RE Material", Bremen
2022 - "ibug", Flöha
2022 - „Bauwende Festival" (Architects 4 Future), Atelier Gardens, Berlin
2022 - „Residents & friends", Qvartr Gallery, Hamburg
2022 - „Art against war", Qvartr Gallery, Hamburg
2021 - "Nothings gonna change my world?" (raum www), gr_und, Berlin
2021 - „Vol. 2", Galerie Gutleut, Mainz
2021 - „Platz des Zusammensitzens", former public order office, Hannover
2021 - „Wendemanöver“, Wälderhaus, Hamburg
2020 - „Lunatic Festival“, Public space, Lüneburg
2020 - „Not yet demolished“, Altes Zollamt, Hamburg
2019 - „Millerntor Gallery“, Millerntor-Stadion, Hamburg
2019 - „Credit Exhibit“, Thalia Theater Probebühne, Hamburg
2019 - „Kulturwoche Rothenburgsort“, Altes Zollamt, Hamburg
2017 - „Buiti Frutti 2 - urban art exhibition“, Peng, Mainz