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Sibylle Springer

Bremen & Berlin, Germany

Mixed media, Painting • Born in Münster, Germany • Studied at HfK, Bremen

Published  06/06/2018   |   Updated  25/10/2018

A reflection on the gaze

As an artist, Sibylle Springer’s fascination is with the human body, or more precisely, with how the body is entangled with the gaze that is directed towards it and addressed to it. Her painting contemplates, unfolds and interprets this tense reciprocal relationship, which is fundamentally a self-relation, always already inscribed with an internal structure of reflection, saturated in cultural history. Among other things, this means that...

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As an artist, Sibylle Springer’s fascination is with the human body, or more precisely, with how the body is entangled with the gaze that is directed towards it and addressed to it. Her painting contemplates, unfolds and interprets this tense reciprocal relationship, which is fundamentally a self-relation, always already inscribed with an internal structure of reflection, saturated in cultural history. Among other things, this means that despite the often direct and strongly affective impact of body-images, nothing about them is without preconditions and predeterminations. Innocent nakedness is just as much a construction as erotic sophistication. Whether artistic nude, pornography or biological objectivity, ethnologically other or historically estranged, ugly or beautiful, none of them are inherently ‘natural’, ‘obscene’, ‘objective’ or ‘revolting’.

In this much, Springer’s aesthetic project is at heart always a reflection on the gaze: from this standpoint, it goes on to reflect on painting, and its styles, visual traditions and subject matters. (...)

Jens Asthoff

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studio Bremen, photo: Achim Bertenburg

studio Bremen, photo: Achim Bertenburg

"trip", 2017, acrylic, watercolour and pigment on canvas, 160 x 190 cm

"cloud", 2017, div. prints on wall, ca. 300 x 400 cm (installationview, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, 2017), photo: Franziska von den Driesch

"cloud" (detail), 2017, div. prints on wall

"silver surfer", 2016, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 170 cm

"Clash", 2015, acrylic on canvas, 160 x 200 cm © Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen

studio Bremen, photo: Achim Bertenburg

studio Bremen, photo: Achim Bertenburg

studio Bremen

studio Bremen

"Trunk Murderess" (serial killers) 2017, acrylic and pigment on canvas, 36 x 30 cm, private collection // "bloody Mary" (serial killers) 2017, acrylic and pigment on canvas, 34 x 33 cm, private collection // "Schimmer" (serial killers) 2017, acrylic and pigment on canvas, 30 x 28 cm

"Zyankali", 2018, glass flacon with gilded lid (1840 - 1900) , glass, liquid, wood, velvet, 21 x 14 cm, private collection

"Waldglöckchen (Digitalis purpurea)", 2018, glass flacon with silver plated lid (1840 - 1900), glass, wood, velvet, substance, private collection

"moonshot", 2016, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 200 cm

studio Berlin

studio Berlin

studio Berlin, photo: Sabine Springer

studio Berlin, photo: Sabine Springer

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

I would be a pilot or an opera singer


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2017

"shoot the freak", Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen

"gift", Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen

GROUP

2018

"Künstlerräume", Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst

"Das Geheimnis der Dinge", Beck & Eggeling, Düsseldorf

GALLERIES

Anita Beckers | www.galerie-beckers.com

Galerie K' | www.k-strich.de


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