EL Loko´s Universal Language

EL Loko´s concept of 'cosmic letters', which is used by him as a title for an entire series of paintings and sculptures, means a sort of program: It claims to create a universal language which is not only understandable on earth but in the entire universe.
This is a wish, a utopia and as well a desperate attempt. And, oddly enough, it contradicts the very personal and unique language of art developed by EL Loko which is „alien“ and hard to decipher like any other artistic language.

The language of cosmic letters does not transmit a meaning like those you would find in a dictinary. The letters are meaning just themselves and only very rarely they refer to objects of our world. Actually we are witnessing one of the biggest achievements of mankind in the moment of ist creation: The metamorphosis of image to signs, to letters and writing. The letters we can find in many paintings as single characters, but also in „strings“ like in the sculptures and finally as a whole piece of text in the big wall installations.

But the process of creation of signs and symbols also takes place in the opposite direction in the work of EL Loko. Characters become images, abstract signs become living beings. Especially the wall installations are a collection of texts as well as a seriös of pictures. The signs start their own life, develop a sort of cartoon and look at us like strange little creatures.

In a parallel process the artist has also searched for a universal expression in the human face. Those works are called „faces of the world“. In his latest works both elements begin to merge, letters and faces.

It might the form of existence split in two worlds and the which bind him to two continents which make the artist try to overcome the adopted language of western industrialization as well as his roots in Africa. Instead he develops the idea of a global communication which, of course, is much more personal and human than any electronic network that pretends to connect the people of the earth nowadays.


Günter Minas (Curator Mainz-City- Gallery)