KENMO graffiti / performance / artist



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.


A Shift in the Direction 1997-1998

As one can imagine from reading my former posts about my history, these birth- and death-experiences led to a shift in the direction of my life. And as there has been a shift in the direction of my life, there has been a shift in my artistical expression also. My works started to point more and more inwards and became more influenced by geometrical, fractal patterns or organical ones on the other hand.
Here you can see my first kaleidoscope-like works emerging out of the letter K, which later led me to my logo which I still use and I´m still working with these geometrical-fractal patterns that I created out of the essence of my graffiti styles.


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.


Wandeln – Abschlussfotos

Hier ein paar Fotos, die wir nach unserem letzten Auftritt noch gemacht haben. Eine vollständige Aufzeichnung der Performance wird es hoffentlich irgendwann nächste Woche geben.

Desweiteren gibt es Fotos von der ersten Aufführung zu sehen bei Tobe77.

Und hier noch ein Videointerview mit mir von der Theaterwerkstatt des Schlachthofs:

Wovon wir sprechen, wenn wir über Theater sprechen: Episode 6 from theaterwerkstatt SCHLACHTHOF on Vimeo.

Episode 6
Im Gespräch: Lenart Seehausen aka. Kenmo

Explosive! Festival 2011
13. internationales Festival für junges Theater
Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Bremen

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Aller Ort

Zur Zeit findet noch bis zum 16. Juli das Festival "Aller Ort" auf einer Brache in Hemelingen statt. Organisiert von der ZwischenZeitZentrale und der Schule 21 sind dort das Alsomirschmeckt´s-Theater, Marnic Circus, Joachim "Bommel" Fischer und andere mit ihren Werken und Ideen vertreten.
Ich wollte dort ursprünglich gestern an einem Impro-Theater-Workshop teilnehmen, war aber der einzige Gast und habe dann nach einem Gespräch mit den Leuten vor Ort eine Leinwand zu malen angeboten bekommen - und dann diese improvisiert...