Steven Claydon (born in London in 1969, lives in London)
The artist and musician Steven Claydon is known to many as a member of the all-electronic band Add N to (X). Claydon's art encompasses collages, installations, sculpture, drawing and painting and is devoted to the theme of spiritual and ideological doctrines and their present-day and historical depiction. Historical personages, phenomena and symbols are transported into a new context and questioned as to their credibility.
Jacob Dahl Jürgensen (born in Roskilde, Denmark, in 1975, lives in London)
In his sculptures, collages and installations, this London-based Danish artist combines references taken from the history of art and design, especially from early modernism, with occult iconography, esoteric language of form and elements of pop culture. Ever since the times of the ancient mystics, philosophers and mathematicians, geometry has served to represent the mysteries and natural laws of the world. Hexagrams and pentagrams are just as much a part of this iconography, for example, as the icosahedron, a crystalline structure representing the last of the five Platonic solids. Light and movement are integrated into the works in the form of coloured lightbulbs and mobiles reminiscent of, for example, Laszlo Moholoy-Nagy. Thus the spiritual and temporal processes of creation are exploratively – and impressively – combined with those of art.
Jirí Kovanda (born in 1953, lives in Prague)
The Czech conceptual artist Jirí Kovanda has been exercising a considerable influence on the Czech art scene since the 1970s. Participation in this year's documenta in Kassel testifies to the international renown he meanwhile enjoys. Kovanda explores the interface between the artistic and the commonplace. He is fascinated by the "cursory" and the "fleeting" – what makes an artwork art? His wooden objects are objets trouvés, the artistic treatment of which is kept to a very minimum. Indeed, Kovanda's artistic messages are only just recognizable as such. His performances, for example, constitute barely perceptible interventions in everyday patterns of behaviour. In formal terms, Kovanda's works relate to the icons of modernism and minimalism.
Anselm Reyle (born in Tübingen in 1970, lives in Berlin)
Anselm Reyle will be exhibiting a chromium-plated and enamelled bronze sculpture in "Atlantic Blue", mounted on a pedestal of makassa ebony. Reyle uses the cliché of modern sculpture as a basis for creating something completely new. He modelled the exhibited sculpture, for example, on a small carved souvenir from Africa, gave it monumental dimensions and transformed it into something altogether different through different colours, materials and format. Reyle: "Someone once said that my art always looks a bit like a film set, as if someone's saying we need a bit of modern art in the background now. I liked that, and it's right that it is usually the cliché of something that interests me." (Quoted from Flash Art, July 2006).
Xavier Veilhan (born in Paris in 1963, lives in Paris)
Veilhan today counts among the most interesting of French artists. In Munich he will be exhibiting a sculpture from his series of "Statues". Veilhan uses three-dimensional scanning technology as a means of computing the form and volume of his subjects. He portrays friends, fellow artists and members of his family, using such materials as ebony, silver and polyester, and mounts every figure on its own special pedestal. Xavier Veilhan always incorporates in his work the context of the exhibition as a means of presentation: the rather outmoded medium of the statue displayed in the exhibition room of a gallery invites reflections on the different possible means of presenting art to the public.
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