VAN HORN PRESENTS JAN ALBERS
MAY 12 UNTIL JUNE 30, 2007
Jan Albers works in constant hover between reality and phantasy, between figurative and abstract. The exploding coloured lines, which mark his papers, reveil the intensity of his artistic research .The bright colors and sharp lines, drawn in pencil with a geometric accuracy, partially hide the figures that he intends to portray, favoring an abstract reading of the artworks. After a deeper analysis their portrait nature appears more clearly.
The title of the show "Sonnenlicht" (Sunlight) reveals the vital energy of his pieces and references the wall-covering chalk-drawing, which fills with it's rays the entire gallery. The walldrawing expands, proceeding from the paperworks, like an echo over the space and transforms the gallery into an obscure cult-space. Christian associations mix with Aztek sun cult and childbook illustrations.
The source of the pieces is hard to decrypt. It ranges from depictions of Jesus Christ to Hippie Clischées, from bearded Lumberjack-types to Dschingis Kahn and Tom Selleck. Famous characters alternate with figures which belong to the private or imaginery sphere of the artist. In powerful drawings they are cited unhierarchically ,mixed and transformed in a brilliant chromatic synthesis.
Jan Albers *1971, lives and works in Dusseldorf. He exhibited widely in international galleries and institutions like a.o. Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York; Konrad Fischer Galerie, Dusseldorf; CAM, Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen; Museum Baden, Solingen; Galerie Tanit, Munchen; Jablonka Galerie, Koln; Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, San Antonio Museum of Art and much more. In 2006 he received a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award. "Sonnenlicht" is his second solo-exhibition at VAN HORN.
VAN HORN // Daniela Steinfeld
BEUTHSTR. 14 40211 DUESSELDORF GERMANY
WED - FRI 2-6 PM, SAT 2-4 PM
AND WITH APPOINTMENT
12 May - 30 June 2007
DURING THE ARTFAIRS IN BASEL FROM JUNE 11-17, THE GALLERY ONLY OPENS WITH APPOINTMENT.
LISTE 07 BASEL, 1st Floor - Room 1/3
June 11 - 17, 2007
Jan Albers - Alexander Esters - Katie Holten - Markus Karstiess - Jens Ullrich