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Thomas Behling

Thomas Behling

Painting, Sculpture • Born in Hannover / Germany • Studied at Bremen / Germany

Published  04/09/2018   |   Updated  28/09/2021

If you still have courage, thank god and be content.

In my artworks I work with the patina at the back of our minds of our ideological heritage, which often contradicts our conscious understanding. I am interested in how we succeed in reaching the border area between seriousness and irony, between critical analysis and naive worship.
I often use old material, for example, a frame, or found, mostly trivial images, and I also give new materials the appearance of being old and authentic...

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In my artworks I work with the patina at the back of our minds of our ideological heritage, which often contradicts our conscious understanding. I am interested in how we succeed in reaching the border area between seriousness and irony, between critical analysis and naive worship.
I often use old material, for example, a frame, or found, mostly trivial images, and I also give new materials the appearance of being old and authentic although this cannot possibly be the case. The unclear threshold for the viewer between new and old is intended. Because the things we consider authentic, are above all, the things that we imagine to be so. The motives I use are types of pictures which are in the collective memory of our society, so that the viewer can relate their internal images to those in my artworks.

To see more of Thomas Behlings artwork, please visit his website www.thomas-behling.de

Thomas Behling
exhibition view Kunstverein Bayreuth

exhibition view Kunstverein Bayreuth

making of

making of

"Universum Clock – Die Stimmen der Verstorbenen", 2021,  Hinterglasdruck, Glas, Radioarmatur, MDF, Holz, Hartschaumstoff, Acrylfarbe, LEDs, 47 x 31 x 21 cm

"Universum Clock – Die Stimmen der Verstorbenen", 2021, Hinterglasdruck, Glas, Radioarmatur, MDF, Holz, Hartschaumstoff, Acrylfarbe, LEDs, 47 x 31 x 21 cm


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2020

"Unfremd", Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz

2019

"Nur mit Dir: No Future und die Zukunft der Kunst", Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin

"Ein Hauch von Vision", Kunstverein Unna, Unna

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GROUP

2020

„Zeitensprung“, imago Kunstverein Wedemark, Bissendorf

"PHA Ausstellung / WIDERKUNST III - Mehr Zeit, mehr Mut, mehr Kunst", Säälchen, Holzmarkt, Berlin

"Der Rahmen und sein/e Künstler*in", Galerie Eulenspiegel, Basel, Schweiz

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PUBLICATIONS

EDUCATION (detailed)

1999 - 2001, FH Ottersberg, Germany, class of Hermanus Westendorp

2001 - 2006, HfK – University of the Arts Bremen, Germany, class of Yuji Takeoka

2006, "Meisterschüler" of Yuji Takeoka

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