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Ethan Harrison (2018)

Albrecht Behmel

Freudenstadt, Germany

Mixed media, Painting, Photography • Born in Stuttgart, Germany • Studied at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Published  17/12/2019   |   Updated  02/01/2020

The Magic of the Swarms

Art is a language understood by many but spoken by few. As an artist, Albrecht created his own visual language - his own words and grammar for those who don’t have much time to listen. "This," he says, "is a major advantage of the visual arts: perception works really fast and attention is a rare commodity."

You can tell Albrecht, who was born 1971, is not just an award-winning artist but also a writer: His studio in the Black...

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Art is a language understood by many but spoken by few. As an artist, Albrecht created his own visual language - his own words and grammar for those who don’t have much time to listen. "This," he says, "is a major advantage of the visual arts: perception works really fast and attention is a rare commodity."

You can tell Albrecht, who was born 1971, is not just an award-winning artist but also a writer: His studio in the Black Forest is full of books of which he wrote dozens himself, notepads, hard drives and manuscripts. He studied art and humanities, philosophy and history at Heidelberg University and Humboldt University of Berlin but he considers himself mainly self-taught: "I go to the hardware store, make stuff and travel the world."

The Magic of the Swarms is a series of series about abstract visualisations - on canvas:
"Sometimes I like to interview people before I create a series, for example Nobel Prize winning scientists, and I ask them how they explain complex stuff like Quantum Mechanics to new students. Then I paint their answers, metaphors and thought experiments. I like to think big but to start small."

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Ethan Harrison (2018)

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What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

There is no phone - and I can see the mountains.

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

I love the smell of paper and new canvas; I listen to audio books when I work.

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

These days: different kinds of paper ...

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

"Why don't you go to law school?" (I actually followed this advice for two days)

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

Somewhere on the planet Mars (being the first earthling to do so).

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

The Shield of Achilles as described by Homer.

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

I would like to have been a gentleman-scientist in Victorian times.

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

The great outdoors and my gym.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2019

Gesichter einer Stadt, Freudenstadt, Germany

2018

DMEXCO, Kölnmesse, Cologne

2017

Dark Side of "MARVELous", Beverly Hills, CA, USA

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GROUP

2018

Taste of Contemporary, Miami, Florida

Chateau Savant, Cannes Film Festival, France

2017

Acts of Kindness, Manila, Philippines

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GALLERIES

Albert Baake, Potsdam | www.albert-baake.de

PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS

Deutsche Akademie der Darstellenden Künste.


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