Sven Drühl

Apokryphe Landschaften / Apocryphal Landscapes

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Sven Drühl
Apokryphe Landschaften / Apocryphal Landscapes

Ed. Lisa Felicitas Mattheis, Carola Schneider, text(s) by Katharina Henkel, Lisa Felicitas Mattheis, Carola Schneider, graphic design by Claudia Bachmann

German, English

2020. 176 pp., 80 ills.

hardcover

21.00 x 28.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4634-2

Mysterious references

For around two decades the works of Sven Drühl have always referred to works of art by other artists. They are pictures about pictures—abstractions of a second order. Drühl uses a special technique involving oils, lacquer, and silicon to produce mainly landscape or architectural motifs that represent a kind of repositioning, in the sense of a remix.
In the past eight years his work method has inverted itself. In his lacquer paintings Drühl turns the gaze around, no longer referring to works by Ferdinand Hodler or Caspar David Friedrich. Now, he starts with photographs by his fellow artists, such as Sebastiao Salgado, and even more recently, with virtual sources from the contexts of virtual reality and gaming. These vectors are translated into realistic-looking paintings, but the landscapes thus created no longer have anything to do with real landscape.

SVEN DRÜHL (*1968, Nassau) studied art and mathematics. He became internationally known through his compilations of famous landscape paintings. With a PhD in art theory, he is also an author and editor of publications on contemporary art.

EXHIBITIONS

Marburger Kunstverein
May 8—June 25, 2020
Kunsthalle Emden
May 5—October 3, 2021

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