NIELS SIEVERS
“ILLUSION”
MAI 2018

Niels Sievers

Niels Sievers – Illusion

2. Juni – 7. Juli 2018/June 2 – July 7, 2018
Vernissage: Freitag, 1. Juni 2018, 19-21 Uhr/Opening: Friday, June 1, 2018, 7-9pm

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niels Sievers, Time Travel VI (Detail), 2018
Öl, Sprühlack auf Leinwand/oil, spray paint on jute, 70 x 53 cm

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Niels Sievers, Violet, 2018, Öl, Sprühlack auf Leinwand/oil, spray paint on canvas, 130 x 170 cm
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In his third solo exhibition in our gallery we show current works by Niels Sievers, which were made after serious disruption to his art production in the year 2016. A flood which destroyed much of his oeuvre and made his studio unusable, forced him to rethink his position as a painter.

With consistency and newly achieved freedom, Sievers explored his painting techniques and the classical genre of painting and further perfected his experimental approach using a combination of oil, egg tempera and graffiti spray paint. A highlight in the truest sense of the word is the magical light that he creates with it. The pictures shine out of themselves and, depending on the observer’s point of view, the brightness and intensity of the composition change. Striking in this new series of paintings are the increasing colourfulness which replaces his dark night pictures, the meticulously attuned shades, special primers, the use of jute as a base which provides for more organic structures, the scratching out of certain elements and the tension between silvery-shiny and crusty looking colour parts.

The artist dissolves concrete landscape elements more and more into abstraction and at the same time blurs the boundaries between illusion and reality. The image titles in the series “Time travel” indicate that the artist has consciously embarked on a journey into other worlds and time zones. The result is an independent artistic cosmos, which requires a less and less concrete location in reality. The viewers are also invited to enter this intermediate world, which releases them from romance into an inner space: “Tell me where, I`ll meet you there”, is another picture title.

1979 born in Niebüll, Germany; 2002-2008 he studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Klasse Jörg Immendorff; 2008 Meisterschüler with Immendorff; 2013 Audience award Kunstmuseum Solingen; 2009 Erwine Steinblum scholarhip, Johannesburg; 2008 Travel grant NRW, Kunstverein Düsseldorf; lives and works in Berlin.

In his third solo exhibition in our gallery we show current works by Niels Sievers, which were made after serious disruption to his art production in the year 2016. A flood which destroyed much of his oeuvre and made his studio unusable, forced him to rethink his position as a painter.

With consistency and newly achieved freedom, Sievers explored his painting techniques and the classical genre of painting and further perfected his experimental approach using a combination of oil, egg tempera and graffiti spray paint. A highlight in the truest sense of the word is the magical light that he creates with it. The pictures shine out of themselves and, depending on the observer’s point of view, the brightness and intensity of the composition change. Striking in this new series of paintings are the increasing colourfulness which replaces his dark night pictures, the meticulously attuned shades, special primers, the use of jute as a base which provides for more organic structures, the scratching out of certain elements and the tension between silvery-shiny and crusty looking colour parts.

The artist dissolves concrete landscape elements more and more into abstraction and at the same time blurs the boundaries between illusion and reality. The image titles in the series “Time travel” indicate that the artist has consciously embarked on a journey into other worlds and time zones. The result is an independent artistic cosmos, which requires a less and less concrete location in reality. The viewers are also invited to enter this intermediate world, which releases them from romance into an inner space: “Tell me where, I`ll meet you there”, is another picture title.

1979 born in Niebüll, Germany; 2002-2008 he studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Klasse Jörg Immendorff; 2008 Meisterschüler with Immendorff; 2013 Audience award Kunstmuseum Solingen; 2009 Erwine Steinblum scholarhip, Johannesburg; 2008 Travel grant NRW, Kunstverein Düsseldorf; lives and works in Berlin.

 

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Der Tagesspiegel, Mehr Berlin, Niels Sievers

1979geboren in Niebüll/born in Niebüll, Germany
2002-2008Studium der Freien Kunst, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Klasse Jörg Immendorff/studied painting at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf class Jörg Immendorff
2008Meisterschüler bei/with Jörg Immendorff
 lebt und arbeitet in Berlin/lives and works in Berlin
Preise und Stipendien/Awards and scholarships
2013Publikumspreis/audience award, Kunstmuseum Solingen
2009Erwine Steinblum Stipendium, Johannesburg/jozi-art-lap, artist residence award, Johannesburg
2008Reisestipendium/travelling scholarship of NRW, Kunstverein Düsseldorf
Einzelausstellungen (Auswahl)/selected solo exhibitions
2018„Illusion", C&K Galerie, Berlin
„It's a kind of magic", Galerie Martin Kudlek, Köln/Cologne, Germany
„after drowing”, Julia Ritterskamp, Düsseldorf
2016„in bloom”, CundK Galerie, Berlin
„my flowers bloom in a dark room”, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Köln
2014„it’s all wrong”, CundKunterwegs Galerie, Berlin
„it`s all right“, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Köln
2012„antistar“, Galerie Kudlek van der Grinten, Köln
2010„night on earth“, Kunstbeitrag „Das Plateau“, Radius Verlag, Stuttgart
2009„all the world is green“, Galerie Geuer und Breckner, Düsseldorf
2008„Boys don’t cry“, Galerie DUVE, Berlin
2007„Back in Black“, acapulco, Düsseldorf
Gruppenausstellungen (Auswahl)/selected group exhbitions
2015„Mixed Pickles”, CundKunterwegs Galerie, Berlin
2014„Mythos Wald”, Neue Galerie im Haus Beda, Bitburg, Germany
 „The beautiful changes“, RH Contemporary Art, New York
2013„Stippvisite“, CundKunterwegs, Berlin
 „Ida Gerhardi”, Ausstellung in der Städtischen Galerie Lüdenscheid, Lüdenscheid
 „67. Internationale Bergische Kunstausstellung“, Kunstmuseum Solingen, Solingen (Publikumspreis)
2012„Die Nacht die tausend Tagen Trotz kann sagen“, CundKunterwegs zu Gast in der Guardini Galerie, Berlin
„Salonlöwen im Kleinformat“, CundKunterwegs zu Gast im Luftraum, Berlin
„escapes“, Kunstbeitrag „Das Plateau“, Radius Verlag, Stuttgart
2011„sunbeam in the glasshouse“, Kunstverein 701, Düsseldorf
„inter deum et diabolum semper musica est“, Minken und Palme, Berlin
„There is no end, my friend“, E105 studio, Bonn
2010„alles/nichts/oder“, Galerie Koal, Berlin
„hotmaschini kunstkanone“, Köln
2009„Werkschau 1“, Kunstraum Sylt-Quelle
„4falt“, Richard Haizmann Museum Niebüll, Kunstverein Niebüll
2008„Impulse 21“, Galerie Löhrl Mönchengladbach
„Unmodern Normalism“, Goethe Institut Rotterdam/Netherlands
„Spiegelbild“, KIT, Düsseldorf
„Project Flux“, art museum of Sichuan University Chengdu/China
„dipmaster 2“, Wandergalerie Stephanie Bender, München
2007„Von Pferden und Affen“, Klasse/class Jörg Immendorff, Museum Ludwig Koblenz
Bibliografie/Bibliography
2014It’s all right, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Köln
2012“Antistar”, Kudlek van der Grinten Galerie, Köln
Kunstbeitrag Niels Sievers, „Escpes“. Elf Bilder, in: Das Plateau. Die Zeitschrift im Radius Verlag, Nr. 129 (Februar 2012), Stuttgart
2010Kunstbeitrag Niels Sievers, „night on earth“, in: Das Plateau, Die Zeitschrift im Radius, Nr. 119 (Juni 2010), Stuttgart