KENMO Graffiti / Performance / Artist


Kenmover Performance Nr.2

Eine zweite "Kenmover"-Performance mit Flowin Immo am Sound, Schlachthof 19.11.2016

A second "Kenmover"-performance with sound by Flowin Immo, 11-19-2016

Photos (c) by Mike Heinze + Olaf Clausing



Hi Folks!
Proud to announce that on saturday, june 29th (tomorrow), in the afternoon, this event will take place.
Several graffiti artists will paint to spontaneously given themes with only a limited amount of time of just a few minutes. DJ Stickeltodd and MC Blowm will make the musical support for this. Participants so far include Statik, Hek, Onkel Oxe and me.
This event will take place at a little streetart festival in Weyhe, on the school yard of the KGS Kirchweyhe, Hauptstr. 99 in 28844 Weyhe.
We´ll start at 4 pm...

(Photo of performance rehearsal in 2012)



I started this triptych about two years ago but only finished it last week, two days before winter solstice. The background is done in cyan, magenta and yellow. The black and white stencil layers above consist of the five elements of my name K-E-N-M-O, so it took 20 steps on each of the three parts to get completed.
KM (which I used as short for Kenmo in the past) stands for 'Kosmic Man' ('Kosmischer Mensch' in german). ON stands for the opposite of off, meaning 'awake, alive, vibrating' and E stands for the energy, excitement and ecstacy - not in a sense of escapism to flee the troubles of the world, but rather 'enrealment', meaning the natural state of a free human being.
The size is 1m x 40cm each, 1,20m x 1m complete. Spraypaint on canvas.


Kenmo and the Grim Reaper 1995

In 1995 things began to change for me. I was now in my early twenties, moved out of my parents house and finished school finally. Then I had to do a ridiculous job in a temping agency to be able to pay my rent before I started my civilian service instead of army. I had my first real horrifying glance into societys everyday life and it was depressing. In fact I got really depressed, so depressed that I couldn´t do any artistic work for a while. On christmas eve I was close to jump out the window of my flat in the 5th floor. Some strange pull drew me to the window, I was in a kind of trance, when suddenly two of my best friends from school ringed at the door at 12 in the night. Those two girls just had the right intuition in the right moment and went having a look for me, knowing very well about my depression at that times.
This way I survived my encounter with the 'Grim Reaper' and promised myself to never kill myself, regardless of what ever happens in my future life.
I often found my earlier art works so significant when I looked back at it later. Several times I found my art works to predict my future issues.



This is a piece I did in summer 1996. I was working with an arts class from a school for adults together with a friend. This work is still standing and it became one of my best-known pieces since it is very close to the main station in Bremen and thousands and thousands of people pass by it every day.
Down at the left and right corner you see the letters K and M. I was experimenting in doing it without outlines, plus you can see how the rays of my spirit or mind cut through these letters of my name, transcending my identity in the physical plane. An alternative title at that time would have been Dhyana.
Someone obviously thought it needed some orange on the eyebrows - I´m not convinced, though...