Jan Albers is among the artists for whom painting is actually no longer acute. And yet, he continues engaging in painting, and resorts to creating spatial works with the aid of metal, wood or ceramic pieces before overpainting these. Born in 1971 in Wuppertal, the artist grew up in Namibia. Overall, his oeuvre is a „permanent construction site alternating between destruction and repair“ (Stephan Berg). Something only seems to be really useful fort he artist when it is broken, compressed, perforated or at least partially devalued. Despite the invested energies – cut-up methods of perforation, dissection and fragmentation – the urge for clarity and and precision always remains visible. „Contemplative compression and boisterous aggressiveness are inextricably intertwined with one another in his works“ (Belinda Grace Gardner). His space-consuming, abstract reliefs are sometimes reminiscent of photographs of distant planets or mountain massifs, and at other times of urban architectures or the formal reduction of American Minimal art.

Jan Alber´s work is considered one of the central positions of abstract contemporary art. It provides an exciting response to the question concerning the future orientation of sculptural creation between abstract painting, mural and spatial object.

Excerpt from the preface by Dr. Viola Weigel, of the publication Jan Albers – haLLuZinOgen for the show haLLuZinOgen at Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven.

Jan Albers, brEakingnEw, 2015<br>spraypaint on concrete, 60 x 40 x 13 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, haLLuZinOgen, installation view Kunsthalle Wilhelmshafen, Wilhelmshafen, 2016Jan Albers, highOnlight, 2015<br>Bronze, 60 x 40 x 20 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, cOmeclOse, installation view Leopold-Hoesch-Museum Düren, 2013, Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, rOckingstOned, installation view haLLuZinOgen, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshafen, Wilhelmshafen, 2016
Jan Albers, cOlOnycOlor, installation view Kunstpalais Erlangen, 2015Jan Albers, heLLoheLL, 2013<br>spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, 171 x 110 x 16 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, blacknelsonbender, 2011<br>Spray paint on steel, 50 x 30 x 13 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, pegAsusAufgAzelle, 2011<br>Spray paint, Bicycle frames, buttons & spray paint on canvas, 71 x 51 x 14 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, cOlOny cOlOr, Von Der Heydt-Kunsthalle, Wuppertal 2015, ©Jan Albers & VAN HORN, Düsseldorf
Jan Albers, twentyfOurbeautyupanddOwn, 2012<br>Oak wedges, 70 x 50 x 11 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, making breaking, installation view Südstern 6, Berlin, 2017<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, breaKKing, 2017<br>spraypaint, concrete, 60 x 40 x 13 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, punchwEdgEs, 2014<br>glazed ceramic, 49 x 36 x 11 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, sAwlAnd, installation view JaLiMa, 2013<br>spray paint on polystyrene & wood, 240 x 150 x 21 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf
Jan Albers, thrEEhundrEdEightyfOurupanddOwnhOrizOn, 2017<br>spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, 251 x 171 x 21 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, apoCalyptiCstudiolandsCape, 2013<br>spray paint on polystyrene & studio leftovers, acrylic glass box Ø 170 x 22 cm, Courtesy VAN HORNJan Albers, haLLuZinOgen, installation view Kunsthalle Wilhelmshafen, Wilhelmshafen, 2016Jan Albers, lOOselip, 2017<br>Bronze, c. 75 x 70 x 38 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, driPtriP, 2015<br>spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, Ø 170 x 22 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf
Jan Albers, thrEEhundrEdtwEntytwochErrychapstick, 2015, spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, 240 x 150 x 13 cmJan Albers, cOmeclOse, installation view Leopold-Hoesch-Museum Düren, 2013, Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, sOuthpOisOn, 2015<br>spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, 171 x 110 x 21 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, furiOusdOndawn, 2014<br>spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, 250 x 145 x 19 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, cOmeclOse, installation view Leopold-Hoesch-Museum Düren, 2013, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf
Jan Albers, cOlOny cOlOr, Von Der Heydt-Kunsthalle, Wuppertal 2015, ©Jan Albers & VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, cuttingEdgEs, 2018<br>spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, 251 x 171 x 26 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf Jan Albers, parcOurs mOrtale, installation view Langen Foundation, Neuss, 2012, Courtesy of VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, AmAssivErEd, 2018<br>spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, 251 x 171 x 21 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, installation view Up & Down, Kunsthalle Giessen, 2013, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf