Who ever said cuckoo clocks have to be these boring things out of plain ol wood? Enter Stefan Strumbel, whose art stems from the graffiti and street art scene.
In his hands, the traditional timepieces are given a brash makeover: oversized clocks are daubed in garish and outlandish colors and often decorated with hand grenades and bones, alongside traditional German images such as deer antlers.
Stefan uses spray cans and silk screen printing, which gives his work a cutting edge meets pop art feel.
Although his work includes cultural artifacts such as cuckoo clocks or the traditional costume of the Black Forest, he isolates and recontextualises using everyday objects such as tree-shaped air fresheners and shopping carts and giving pieces of his work titles such as “What the fuck is Heimat”? Heimat is a quintessentially German concept, which roughly means homeland. “There is no English word for Heimat,” Strumbel explains. “Some people link Heimat to a place, for others it is a feeling.”
His idiosyncratic take on Teutonic culture has drawn praise from some unusual quarters: “The German Cuckoo Clock Association also supports my work,” he says with pride.