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Anja Sopic

Cologne & Hamburg, Germany

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Installation, Sculpture • Born in Leipzig • Studied at Glasgow School of Art & Städelschule

Published  21/07/2016   |   Updated  24/07/2018

somewhere in between

[...] Anja Sopic’s practice oscillates between concept and material, where material editing and re-contextualization of the image’s and object’s original meaning are primary. Sopic’s work confronts and manipulates various aesthetic surfaces ranging from blank unpainted canvases, industrially produced fabrics, transparent and reflective silver foils, felt and found digital images with their pre-existing material structures and meanings....

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[...] Anja Sopic’s practice oscillates between concept and material, where material editing and re-contextualization of the image’s and object’s original meaning are primary. Sopic’s work confronts and manipulates various aesthetic surfaces ranging from blank unpainted canvases, industrially produced fabrics, transparent and reflective silver foils, felt and found digital images with their pre-existing material structures and meanings. Sopic assembles and folds found advertising images or film stills creating three-dimensional almost sculptural works, where parts of the images are hidden and parts are left revealed, resulting in new, more nuanced compositions. An evident immersive and chaotic medium-confusion is confined here within the image objects, suspended with a definite and bounded physical presence on the gallery wall. [...]

[...] Further, beginning of 2016, coming from the fine art field, Sopic established an interdisciplinary design studio that is specialised in production of lamps, tables and chairs. The main focus of this studio’s activities rests on designing, producing and presenting furniture. All works, which are produced, published and distributed by this studio oscillate at the interface of art and design, which means, the approach into the design is critical and the functions of these objects vary.[...]

Weltschmerz Installation

Weltschmerz Installation

Untitled (Surfer I), 2013, Inkjet Print (gefaltet), 100 x 100 cm

Untitled (Surfer I), 2013, Inkjet Print (gefaltet), 100 x 100 cm

Sunset Serenade (Lampe), 2013, Vlies, Glühbirne, Eurozuleitung, ca. 30 x 50 cm

Sunset Serenade (Lampe), 2013, Vlies, Glühbirne, Eurozuleitung, ca. 30 x 50 cm

„o.t. (paket)“, 2009, canvas wrapped in paper, 80 x 80 cm

„o.t. (paket)“, 2009, canvas wrapped in paper, 80 x 80 cm

Untitled, 2013, Inkjet Print (gefaltet), 100 x 100 cm

Untitled, 2013, Inkjet Print (gefaltet), 100 x 100 cm

Ein Lügenbild lebendiger Gestalten (Sternbild Installation), 2009, Inkjet Print (incl.Rahmen), 138,5 x 109 cm

Ein Lügenbild lebendiger Gestalten (Sternbild Installation), 2009, Inkjet Print (incl.Rahmen), 138,5 x 109 cm

o.T. (Lampe II), 2010, Plexiglas, Holz, ca. 155 x 20 x 30 cm

o.T. (Lampe II), 2010, Plexiglas, Holz, ca. 155 x 20 x 30 cm

o.T. (je veux jouer), 2009, Druck auf Glasscheibe, 42 x 54 cm

o.T. (je veux jouer), 2009, Druck auf Glasscheibe, 42 x 54 cm

Ace High, 2012, Stoff, Folie (vernäht), 100 x 80 cm

Ace High, 2012, Stoff, Folie (vernäht), 100 x 80 cm

o.T., 2009, Holzscheibe: ⌀ 71 cm

o.T., 2009, Holzscheibe: ⌀ 71 cm

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What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

it is a place where anything can happen

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

piano practicing sounds of one of my neighbours, which i love listening to. he is working really hard. we're in the same boat, as we're failing and trying to get better in the course of time, we share the same challenge.

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

expectations, on both sides (artist and viewer) are making work all the more interesting. I quite prefer it when expectations are not met, not even my own, because this will force me to revalue, think, question, it keeps me going. I can't think of a much better source to draw from.

What themes do you pursue?

it may look unlikely, but Romanticism is in fact one recurring subject of interest

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

1. "continue working, no matter what" // 2. "it goes on in one way or another"

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

anywhere, art should reach everyone and everyone should have access to art. secretly though, i would love to see one of my sculptures orbiting the earth in a space station

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

parks in the summer: friends, strawberries, red wine go along with a good conversation and a good laugh; my library; very basic, but quite nurturing


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2013

“Because you placed your bet on the visible it doesnt mean the invisible isn’t there“, ehem. “Blanket Gallery” (jetzt: Natalia Hug Galerie), Köln

2011

“Off Empire”, Diko Reisen, kuratiert von Christian Nagel (Galerie Nagel Draxler), Köln

2009

“A Certain Indefinable Weltschmerz”, Lutz Becker // Schnittraum, Köln

GROUP

2017

Alles Neu, Nieuwe German Gestaltung #006, State of Design, Berlin

2016

“They Printed it!”, Onlinearchiv, Kunsthalle Zürich,

The Wall, Nieuwe German Gestaltung #004, Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk Xpo

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PUBLICATIONS

„REISEBÜROGALERIE“, published by Galerie Nagel Draxler, Köln 2017

„Breaking Down Walls. Shapeshifting Future Design“, published by State of Design, Berlin 2017


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