FLORMAL: Arrangements by Misha Hollenbach


Misha Hollenbach’s practice explores methods of merging contemporary culture with rougher visual forms. Working across the mediums of collage, screen-printing, painting, sculpture and installation, his work is often driven by carnal desire, and a return to the basics/basis of human existence, or an exploration of abject bodily functions. Gesturing towards the legacy of Dadaism, Hollenbach is compelled to collect images and found objects, reconfiguring them as art objects to create new meanings through association. Recently his work has engaged ideas of energy transfer, experimenting with action painting and direct involvement with materials. 

In Flormal, a series of ink and collage pieces, Hollenbach juxtaposes the tranquility of Japanese Ikebana floral arrangements—an art form that arises from a complex and deeply formal philosophy—with the chaotic free-flowing energy of vandalism.

Hollenbach is one half of the Australian clothing label and publisher Perks and Mini (P.A.M.) as well as a Melbourne-based artist and musician.

Published by Innen and Nieves, 2012
Printed in an edition of 500 copies

Softcover, 36 pages, stapled, black and white offset, 5.51 × 7.87 inches