Skateboarding, Graphic Design, Illustration – these forms of expression are linked in an almost classical way with today’s „Street“ –culture. For more than two decades by now, skateboarding has accompanied the life of Christian Rothenhagen – the guy behind deerBLN – directed his interest towards illustration and design – and originated the small, unexcited work/label/output „deerBLN“.
This moniker corresponds to himself, his buddies and a small circle of interested people – and to the city, the influence of which can in no way be absent from the artwork of Christian Rothenhagen.
It’s also the vision of a Berliner referring to urban changes. And a „THANK YOU“ to the old wall-city.
The works of Christian Rothenhagen confront his urban surroundings – the decay, conurbation and agglomeration. The style in which he presents his works is a cross over of design and art. He lets his viewers enter the street life of Berlin. The drawings one gets to see, is a map of Berlin, the way it is and what is becoming of it. It is as if you are experiencing the inside, feeling the edges and viewing the so-called dark corners known as the desolate and unfriendly urban areas. Christian relates to his city and shows the changes and fragments. To realize the demolition of a building, which has guided him through his youth and a new one, is arising at the same spot shows the development the city is experiencing.