Sven Drühl, H.Y., 2014, Oil. laquer and silicone on canvas, 130 x 180 cm
Due to the great successes the exhibition is prolonged from June 14th. 2014 to June 21th. 2014
ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN is delighted to open the secon solo show of Berlin-based artist Sven Drühl.
Recently the Von- der- Heydt Kunsthalle. Wuppertal-Barmen dedicated an extensive solo exhibition, titled ‚Sven Drühl: Works 2001 -2013' to him. His works have been shown in national and international group shows, i.e. currently at the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht. Numerous museums and institutions like the Berlinische Galerie or Deutsche Bank have added his works to their collections.
For a long time Sven Drühl has been fascinated by the attitude and art of the Japanese New
Print Movement, so called Shin-hanga, a movement from the 1910s and 20s, that reanimated the typical Japanese art form of color woodcut and gave new impetus to it.
The Shin-hanga artists, the most famous being Kawase Hasui and Hiroshi Yoshida, refer to the tradition of Japanese woodcut since Hokusai and Hiroshige. Then again they were strongly influenced by the Western Art of the 19th and 20th century; they were particularly interested in the themes of German Romanticism and the settling of the light especially in Impressionism. For many years Sven Drühl's artistic practice has been influenced from an intense examination of motifs of landscape and architecture in contemporary art. Now his re-translations or remixes reanimate this assumed "romantic" of the Shin-hanga works.
Drühl is as much interested in the use of found material as in the construction of something new. He rearranges, combines, assembles or tears apart, deconstructs and makes new collages out of accurately selected fragments. Despite this conceptual and programmatic approach, the artist succeeds in transforming the original works into his personal and very distinctive style. Using an unusual mixture of oil, lack and silicone, he creates peculiar paintings, which have a strong recognition value as well as they still remind of the graphic nature of woodcuts.
The Artist has become a profiled collector of Japanese Woodcut Art. Now, his collection acts both as a stimulation as well as a model forhis paintings. The painted surface of oil and lack, as well as the lines drawn with silicone, emphasize the graphic nature of the original woodcut.
The exhibition shows a selection of these works alongside original Shin-Hanga artworks
Like that the artist provides a new acceptance for the almost forgotten Shin-Hangas and articulates conditions and relations between the Japanese and European Art of the first half of the last century. As a matter of fact the researcher "Drühl" wouldn't be the excellent artist that we know, if in this retrospective context of developing, he wouldn't create new works of Art which permit a look into painting to-be of the 21th century.
Opening: 2 May 2014, 7 pm – 9 pm, on occasion of Gallery Weekend
Introduction: by Andreas Bee, Curator and Professor at HKB Braunschweig, Germany
The artist will be present.