Menno Heijstek is a visual artist who started out as a street artist making graffiti. He always kept a fascination for text and letters. In 1990 he started studying at the Academy for art and design in Den Bosch and in the second year decided to switch from graphic design to what they then called monumental art/sculpting. He graduated making an installation in witch photographs, videoimages and slide projections formed a whole. The viewer interacted with this installation by walking around and in this way triggering multiple motion sensors. Menno received the St. Lucas award for this graduation project.
Menno’s work consists of photo based images. He uses a computer to make a graphic “translation”of these images. After translation there are a lot possibilities: The end result could be “just”a picture or street art but could also be a wall object cast in bronze, made in wood or acrylic. Sometimes LED lights are placed on the backside to create the illusion of depth. Menno also uses the laser cutter a lot and he also does commisioned art pieces for both individuals and company’s. His style and work method are perfect for a work of art in which the viewer can recognize a company logo. Adding LED lights will make it even more pleasing to the eye.
Menno likes to play with the perception of the audience and “mislead” the audience visually. He likes to work on the cutting edge of visual art and design en he loves both disciplines equally. Heijstek also likes to operate in the twilight zone of two- and threedimensional; what appears to be spatious is in fact flat and vice versa. humour plays a great role in his work although his intentions are always serious. Image made by Menno can be characterised as: funny, easily accesible and extravert.