Mirko Reisser (DAIM)

List of Exhibitions

Born in Lüneburg in 1971. Lives in Hamburg.Studied Fine Art at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Luzern / Switzerland.

DAIM is renowned for his brilliant and complex 3-d-style.

It makes the characters become tangible. They are shifted from a two-dimensional context into our perceptible three-dimensional world. The implication is that they have moved on to the next dimension, one they do not actually belong to. They push and strive for more; they want to be part of the dynamic world. In an almost courageous way, they demonstrate their overpowering skills, they twist within a space of fantastic colour, interlace, tilt - chopped up, they nestle against one another, join systems of arrows (that point outward into the real world), morph into the depth of the room and then out of it again, stretch in between two vanishing points, collapse, burst, tear to tatters, fragment, literally ‘spray away’. And, all of a sudden, the four characters D A I M become something that is abnormal from the strict conventions of typeface, which (to remain legible) is based on a latent uniformity of its shapes.

DAIM’s programme comprises the construction, as well as de-construction of a word (at some point, in between the processes of annealing and erasure, it emerges out of a synaesthetic sphere! And reveals: that it came into being out of nothingness and is always on the verge of disappearing into it again. DAIM- graffitis can be seen as fixed images of a word-formation that is constantly threatening to reassemble, denying access, escaping the demands of tangibility and, thereby, remain free and sovereign.

With every new DAIM-piece, Mirko Reisser takes possession of another piece of the world; and with every new DAIM-piece, the world takes possession of another piece of Mirko Reisser. "Shaping the character of letters and at the same time, discovering one’s own" is his dictum. The character of the letters remains variable, abstruse, in short: ambivalent (and, thus, subversive). In between construction and de-construction, two- and three-dimensions, complexity of shape and simplification of content, between seclusion and an invitation to communicate, Mirko Reisser’s works reveal the unfathomable rift of the world – at the crossing of which the beholder increasingly struggles.
Text: © 2007 - Arne Rautenberg

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Mirko Reisser (DAIM) - Works

Mirko Reisser (DAIM) - List of Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

ID - Kunstverein Buchholz, Buchholz / Germany
tapingDAIM - REINKINGPROJEKTEraum, Hamburg / Germany

Selected Exhibitions

Call it what you like - Kunstcentret Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg / Denmark
fresh air smells funny - Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrueck / Germany

Walls - Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venedig / Italy
Still on and non the wiser - von-der-Heydt Museum, Kunsthalle Barmen, Wuppertal / Germany
We are the people who are darker than blue - Stilwerk, Hamburg / Germany
Wakin Up Nights - de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich / Switzerland
Aktive Konstellationen - Haus der Kunst der Stadt Brunn / Tschech Republic

coming soon... - Projektraum Blashofer, Berlin / Germany
modern06 - Residenz Munich, Munich / Germany
What would I be without you... - City Gallery Prague / Tschech Republic
sculpture@CityNord - Hamburg / Germany
Minimal Illusions - Arbeiten mit der Sammlung Rik Reinking - Villa Merkel, Esslingen / Germany

Schon vergeben - Sammlung Rik Reinking - Art Cologne, Cologne / Germany
getting-up - Galerie K31, Lahr / Germany
Smell of paint in the air - Westwendischer Kunstverein Gartow / Germany
Passion des Sammelns, Sammlung Federkiel, Sammlung Reinking - Alte Baumwollspinnerei Halle 14, Leipzig / Germany
Smell of paint in the air - Kampnagel, Halle K3, Hamburg / Germany

Gezeichnet Graffiti - Kunsthalle des Kunstvereins, Darmstadt / Germany

still crazy - Galerie Worldatelier im Klingspor Museum, Offenbach am Main / Germany
Young primitives - Groninge Museum, Bruegge / Belgium

getting-up - FREIRAUM, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg / Germany

Graffiti Art Oggi - Art Contemporanea Hirmer, Castello di Meleto, Chianti / Italy

Z 2000 - Positionen junger Kunst und Kultur - Akademie der Künste Berlin / Germany

1991 - 1999
Aufstand der Zeichen - Toskanische Säulenhalle, Augsburg / Germany
A Tribute to Style - Kallmann Museum, Munich / Germany
Narren Haende... - Altonaer Museum, Hamburg / Germany

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DAIM - daring to push the boundaries

2004. Dimensions: 20 x 22 cm, Softcover, Languages: German/English
Authors: Mirko Reisser, Lena Mwinkand, Sarah Behrend.
Publisher: getting-up
ISBN: 3-00-014155-3

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In order to demonstrate the intensive process of finding ways to illustrate his name, to make it an entity and to bring it to perfection, the 3D-virtuoso from Hamburg loves taking his own idiosyncratic route off the graffiti path. His styles seem to burst off the walls in order to explode onto the canvas, making way for a photo-realistic series to finally be revived as sculptures. DAIM's gallery holds a variety of techniques and motives: the strange gaze of an exotic fish, a perspectival illustration of a gas mask alongside complex sketches of his name; acrylic images next to drawings…
For the first time, his works are shown in a book of 108 pages.

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