Willehad of Bremen Eilers (1981, Peine Ger.) goes by the name Wayne Horse and many many others. With his videos, animations, paintings, drawings, performances and installations related to graffiti and comic-culture, he gives an often mocking, ironic commentary on society. He works tirelessly and presents a rapidly expanding body of work that arose from the need to tell stories, developing characters and new worlds. Besides a caustic, sharp humor, his work also contains a childlike playfulness.
Eilers began his career in the German graffiti scene. During his studies at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2001-2005) he broadened his horizons and began to experiment with other media such as video and animation. A clip from his graduation project, a short film called Elefantos earned award at the One Minute Awards in 2005, as Eilers managed to produce a full short film based on the main character, a sad, sensitive boy, growing up with an elephant’s head.
When Eilers presented his work at the national academy in the end of 2009, it mainly consisted of sharp social criticism where drawings simultaneously evoked associations with the sensational nature of bad B movies. His handwriting is described as a “graffiti style developed by: hard, sharp lines and aggressive themes that sometimes nice spinning out. Disturbing, violent depictions of Ku Klux Klan among others-like figures, sado masochism, torture, and a fitness obsessive culture came together in this presentation. At the end of this year Eilers plans to release a movie, which is currently in production.
by Harlan Levey