Dragi Djeric (b.1988, Switzerland) and Stefan Hunold (b.1987, Germany) have been collaborating as the artist duo Djeric-Hunold since 2020. They live and work in Berlin, Germany.
Djeric-Hunold’s monochrome black works, which is a balance between abstract painting and sculpture, can best be understood as thoughtful connections of time with sound, colour, and form. Their goal is to merge different senses via this linkage and to capture the moment that arises in the process. The work is not intended to serve as a personal message, but rather to trigger an inner confrontation and create inner spaces for the observer. A broad interest in philosophy, science and poetry flows into the works of the artist duo and forms the foundation of their joint activity.
For Djeric, who has different types of synesthesia, all feelings and words have colours, shapes and melodies. The colour black has no melody of its own and thus symbolizes for the artist the ultimate stillness from which everything emerges. This is contrasted with Hunold’s inner conflict between flow and control and the search for the perfect moment. With their almost symbiotic collaboration, they combine their interests into an overall Gesamtkunstwerk. They are involved in each work together; one part acts as a conductor, the other as a performer. In their search for the perfect melodies and new dimensions, they orchestrate movement, material and time. For Djeric-Hunold, the choice of materiality and colour plays an overriding role and is also a core element of their work. The artist duo has deliberately chosen a material for their works that dries quickly and does not allow for retouching. All artworks consist of several layers of material, with the final layer being created in a purposefully executed movement. The work is not complete until both have found their perfect moment and captured it for eternity. The traces that can be seen in the depth of the textures act as a reflection and witness of the present moment.
Their works seem like pieces of music in which harmony is captured. Sometimes loud, sometimes quiet. Where there are no reference points, no color, no given image to hold on to, the viewer is left to his own devices. The completed work plays with the light, reflects the environment and the inner “soundscapes” of the observer. At every time of day, the sculptural paintings appear differently, showing in a poetic way that every melody, every moment is only temporary.