HEDI XANDT: HEART OF GLASS

“My mind is really like a big cloud full of inspiration that mixes and merges, hence you will always find a lot of references to other art in my work”

By Balthazar Malevolent

HEDI XANDT: HEART OF GLASS

Hedi Xandt is a visual artist, writer and sculptor. His work ranges from poetry and time-based digital works to complex visuals and monumental sculptures, encompassing and evolving classical subjects such as vanity, physical tension and the depths of human life. An apt user of traditional and digital creation techniques, the artist blurs the lines between illusion and existence: Though many of his works trigger the urge to obtain and possess them, they are often masterful, immaterial renditions of a fantasy, whereas others that seem to be confined in a digital space are in reality monstrous entities of stone and metal.

Hedi Xandt lives and works in Hamburg, Germany.

Not all idols are false, yet falsehoods riddle all idols. Consider the whip- snap that accelerated UFC fighter Ronda Rousey’s brain into her skull, as the little-favored Holly Holm’s shin connected with her jaw—at once and immutably eradicating Rousey’s undefeated record. Rousey—the golden idol of fighting culture—was reduced in a single collision of flesh and bone into a ridiculed internet meme phenomenon.

Hedi Xandt’s art is poignant to such times. Golden skulls and contorted idols. Xandt has been drawn time and again to the skull for catalysis—to its confused dual identity as that of the macabre death’s head, and that of the brain’s savior.

Xandt’s work literally drips with opulence, yet there is a menace to it too. Something to hold high and celebrate, but which just might kick you in the head when you’re not expecting it.

Xandt had his work included in the Dries van Noten curated Inspirations exhibition at the Mode Museum in Antwerp. In 2014 he contributed a golden snake—nailed head-first to a marble plinth—for the New Republic magazine, in a lavish and venomous rendition of their trademark ampersand. Xandt is also the artistic consultant for TUSH Magazine.

Hedi Xandt

In other news, Rick Owens Fall 2021 fashion show. On the subject of underthings, the pentagram briefs from the January men’s show reappeared here wrapped around evening clutches, the implication being that these alien females had handled the “unhinged male aggression” that those briefs signified.

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