Jan Albers

*1971 Wuppertal, grown up in Namibia
lives and works in Düsseldorf

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, polystyrene or ceramic pieces before overpainting these. Overall, his oeuvre is a „permanent construction site alternating between destruction and repair“ (Stephan Berg). Something only seems to be really useful for the 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 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.

Exhibition Catalogue: Jan Albers – haLLuZinOgen for haLLuZinOgen, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, extract from the foreword by Dr. Viola Weigel.

Jan Albers, brEakingnEw, 2015<br>spraypaint on concrete, 60 x 40 x 13 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, haLLuZinOgen, installation view Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Wilhelmshaven, 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, Düsseldorf Jan Albers, grEEnlantErn, 2020, spray paint on polystyrene & wood, acrylic glass box, 251 x 171 x 35 cm, unique<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf
Jan Albers, The Absurd Beauty Of Space - 7 artists vs. Ungers, Hamburger Kunsthalle 2020JAN ALBERS, heLLoheLL, 2013, spray paint on polystyrene & wood, acrylic glass box, 171 x 110 x 16 cm, Sammlung Christian Hupertz, Hamburg/DüsseldorfJan Albers, blacknelsonbender, 2011<br>Spray paint on steel, 50 x 30 x 13 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, Feelings - Art and Emotion, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich 2019-2020 (installation view with Robert Morris & Wade Guyton)Jan Albers, bOldbOulder, 2018, epoxy resin & spraypaint on polystyrene, 190 x 120 x 37 cm, unique, Collection Kunstmuseum Bonn
Jan Albers, The Absurd Beauty Of Space - 7 artists vs. Ungers, Hamburger Kunsthalle 2020Jan Albers, flOatlikEabuttErfly stinglikEabEE, 2020, Bronze 40 x 30 x 20 cm, Ed. 5 + 2 AP<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, breaKKing, 2017, spraypaint, concrete, 60 x 40 x 13 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, rOckrOughrOuge, 2019, epoxy resin & spraypaint on polystyrene, unique, Fox Jensen McCrory, AucklandJan Albers, cuttingEdgEs, 2018, spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, 251 x 171 x 26 cm, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Jan Albers, OOlitebOldbOulder, 2018, epoxy resin & spraypaint on polystyrene, 180 x 120 x 53 cm, ca. 5 kg, unique, Sammlung Schürmann, HerzogenrathJan Albers, cOlOny cOlOr, solo-show Von-Der-Heydt Museum/Kunsthalle Barmen, Wuppertal 2015Jan Albers, scarpastEpsstEps, 2019, marble 54 x 36 x 18 cm, unique<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, cuttingEdgEs, solo-show, Drawing Room, Hamburg 2019 -2020Jan Albers, dripstOne, 2019, epoxy resin & spraypaint on polystyrene, 170 x 160 x 50 cm, unique<br>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, cAssiusclAy, 2019, glazed ceramics, c. 50 x 40 x 12 cm, unique, Private Collection, BerlinJan Albers, mightyhighOnlight, 2018, Bronze 90 x 60 x 25 cm, c. 150 kg Ed. 5 + 2 AP<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, rOughrOck, 2020, epoxy resin & spraypaint on polystyrene, 236 x 180 x 44 cm, unique, Private CollectionJan Albers, twOshadEs, 2020, spray paint on polystyrene & wood, acrylic glass box, 251 x 171 x 35 cm, unique, Private Collection
Jan Albers, driPtriP, 2015<br>spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, Ø 170 x 22 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, lOOselip, 2017, bronze, c. 75 x 70 x 38 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, pOisOngrindEr, 2018, spray paint on polystyrene & wood, acrylic glass, Ø 130 x 20 cm, unique, Private CollectionJan Albers, cOlOny cOlOr, solo-show, Kunstpalais Erlangen 2015Jan Albers, rOckingstOned, installation view haLLuZinOgen, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Wilhelmshaven, 2016
Jan Albers, smOulderbOulder, 2019, epoxy resin & spraypaint on polystyrene, 170 x 90 x 55cm, unique, Kunstsammlung NRW K20/K21Jan Albers, installation view Up & Down, Kunsthalle Giessen, 2013 <br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJan Albers, making breaking, installation view Südstern 6, Berlin, 2017<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfJAN ALBERS, furiOusdOndawn, 2014, spray paint on polystyrene & wood in acrylic glass box, 250 x 145 x 19 cm, Private Collection USAJan Albers, VAN HORN Schaulager 2020