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@ The Space, Hamburg 2023

Tina Oelker

Hamburg

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Conceptual art, Painting, Text • Born in Hamm-Westfalen, Germany • Studied at The Art Students League of New York, SVA NYC, HAW Hamburg

Published  25/06/2019   |   Updated  04/06/2024

Expect fulfillment – fulfill expectation

Tina Oelker combines opposites and uses duality as fuel for her shape and colour compositions. They have this earthy lightness and somehow seem familiar. Each stroke recalls an origin that is far removed from two-dimensional ways of thinking and living. Tina Oelker is avant-garde in the classical sense. Her lyrical texts and poems speak the same language as her paintings. Her personal stories are Tina´s teacher and one thing becomes clear, her...

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Tina Oelker combines opposites and uses duality as fuel for her shape and colour compositions. They have this earthy lightness and somehow seem familiar. Each stroke recalls an origin that is far removed from two-dimensional ways of thinking and living. Tina Oelker is avant-garde in the classical sense. Her lyrical texts and poems speak the same language as her paintings. Her personal stories are Tina´s teacher and one thing becomes clear, her hard school began "early enough". It is a question of timelessness, of the will to break away from a linear idea of success in order to create something new. The fact of 1000 Hares, the mastery, the passion to switch from one discipline to the next provides Tina Oelker with an infinite wealth of what she has already created and also of possibilities.

Jean-Luc Cujaux, 2019


Born in Hamm-Westphalia, West Germany in 1973, Tina Oelker lives and works in Hamburg since 1995. From the age of 15 to 20, she took lessons in modern painting, form and color theory and studied in New York City in '94 and '95. She graduated from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in 2004 with the motif of the hare. In 2003 she opened her first producer gallery with the "Schützenfest" (Shooting festival) in Hamburg's Milchstrasse. In 2007, she began her conceptual work "1000 Hasen" and opened the Hasenmanufaktur Hamburg in 2010. Until 2014, she regularly curated exhibitions with a total of over 200 artists and ended the Hasenmanufaktur project at Hafentor 7 with "Schützenfest-Reloaded". In 2017 she starts with "25 Colors Stockholm" and "12,5 Colors Florence". Since 2021, Tina has also been performing and improvising on larger stages. Her poetry and prose complement her work in an abstract way without explaining it herself. She published "Hasen und Göttern", a summary of her complex work, followed by "Arbeitsnotizen einer Malerin" in 2023.

1973 in Hamm-Westfalen geboren, lebt und arbeitet Tina Oelker seit 1995 in Hamburg. In ihrer Jugend lernte sie Aktzeichnen und Moderne Malerei, in ihren 20ern studierte sie in New York City an der SVA und Art Students League. Ihr Studium schloss sie 2004 an der HAW in Hamburg mit dem Motiv des Feldhasen ab.

Mit „25 Farben Stockholm“ und „12,5 Farben Florenz“, ist Tina Oelker wieder in der Abstraktion angekommen. Bekannt wurde sie mit ihrem Gesamtwerk „1000 Hasen“, was bis heute in seiner Gänze noch unter Verschluss steht. Im Frühjahr 2021 erschien ihr erster Bildband, „Von Hasen und Göttern, N° 1“, darin verdichtet Oelker 20 Jahre ihres Schaffens. Prosa, wie die „1000 Thesen“ und lyrische Texte aus ihrem „Leporello“ ergänzen ihr Werk auf abstrakte Weise, ohne es selbst zu erklären, und sind seit 2016 Hauptbestandteil ihrer Performances und Gesellschaftsabende. 2021 installiert sie zwei temporäre Räume und ist 2022 Mitbegründerin der Künstlergruppe „Die Kryptiker“.

Tina Oelker
Lass mal den Affen, der geht + William unlimited @ Art Artist, Düsseldorf, 2024

Lass mal den Affen, der geht + William unlimited @ Art Artist, Düsseldorf, 2024

Lass mal den Affen, der geht, 2017, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

Lass mal den Affen, der geht, 2017, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

WOHNMASCHINE N° 1, 2023, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 x 5 cm

WOHNMASCHINE N° 1, 2023, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 x 5 cm

CREME KALKULATOR, 2023, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 x 5 cm

CREME KALKULATOR, 2023, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 x 5 cm

DIE WELT IST DAS, WAS IN BEWEGUNG IST, 2022, oil on canvas, 8 x 120 x 100 cm @ The Space (Hamburg)

DIE WELT IST DAS, WAS IN BEWEGUNG IST, 2022, oil on canvas, 8 x 120 x 100 cm @ The Space (Hamburg)

STRUDEL ORANGE, 2021, oil on vanvas, 200 x 200 cm

STRUDEL ORANGE, 2021, oil on vanvas, 200 x 200 cm

SUCH THERAPIE ZENTRUM a.v.B, 2021

SUCH THERAPIE ZENTRUM a.v.B, 2021

DIE WELT IST DAS, WAS IN BEWEGUNG IST, 2022, oil on canvas, 240 x 400 cm

DIE WELT IST DAS, WAS IN BEWEGUNG IST, 2022, oil on canvas, 240 x 400 cm

VERACITY REPORT (NIX FÜR PUSSIES), 2017, oil on canvas, 180 x 250 cm

VERACITY REPORT (NIX FÜR PUSSIES), 2017, oil on canvas, 180 x 250 cm

SUCH THERAPIE ZENTRUM a.v.B., 2021

Search therapy center outside Berlin | Installation and interactive performance concept

The search therapy center is a spatial installation in which the visitor is received, treated and dismissed by performers according to a complex set of rules. The old post office building on the „Postopia“ site in Elmshorn/North Germany was revived for a limited period in Novermber 2021 with the help of several interventions and extensions. Trough visual modification, sound and spatial installation and targeted performance, visitors were integrated into the game. Visitors were thus guaranteed insight into the history and spatial aesthetics of the building, before it was torn down the following year.

SCHÜTZENFEST RELOADED, 2014

Idee, Konzept, Cast, Kostüm, Text: Tina Oelker
Kamera, Schnitt, Sounddesign: Monika Anna Wojtyllo
Sprache: Marie Biermann
Jäger: Simone Brühl, Eva Gabriel-Jürgens,Tina Oelker, Xenia Peeck, Monika Anna Wojtyllo
Sprachaufnahme: Niko Grunert
Musik: Sascha Demand + Hannes Wienert / Aus dem Album „Sirenen & Blüten“
und Benjamin Page / Aus dem Album „Elite Barbarian“
Eine Produktion der Berliner Sonderschule © 2014

@ HAFENTOR7, producer gallery Hamburg, 2012

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

The old, tactile materials of the studio, the freedom and the time I can live in the middle of the city.

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

The smell of fresh oil color with hints of turpentine and fresh espresso

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

I use oil paints, balsamic turpentine, cotton fabric, linen, several brushes, rags and the use of hand cream has probably increased immensely in the last 20 years.

What themes do you pursue?

I use the theme of hunting in its ambiguity, the natural interplay of male and female, returned to Greek mythology via the hare, and again intend to let painting itself become the subject.

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

create yourself

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

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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

Lass mal den Affen, der geht!

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

Psychology and farming

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Wherever I can ride my racing bike


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2022

Pandora´s box / Glaselefant, Maximilianpark, Hamm-Westf.

IKONEN / Galerie O B E N, Cramer Wohnvilla, Hamburg

2021

Pandora´s box / Galerie O B E N, Cramer Wohnvilla, Hamburg

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GROUP

2024

Transitions, The Space, Hamburg

Die Kryptiker, Art Artist Düsseldorf

2023

WAVES @ THE SPACE, Hamburg

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PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS

2022, 2nd EDITION I ART EMPIRE AWARD, 1st price, virtual exhibition

2010, Design Preis, Noble Project, Hamburg

2008, Art Award AIR, Artist in residence, Gershwin Art Hotel NYC

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HYDRA | Tina Oelker | available artwork

Tina Oelker

HYDRA, 2022

100,0 x 80,0 x 2,0 cm | 39,4 x 31,5 x 0,8 inch

8.200,00 € excl. VAT

KÖNIGSKOBRA | Tina Oelker | available artwork

Tina Oelker

KÖNIGSKOBRA, 2022

100,0 x 80,0 x 2,0 cm | 39,4 x 31,5 x 0,8 inch

8.200,00 € excl. VAT

Tageshase # 0492 | Tina Oelker | available artwork

Tina Oelker

Tageshase # 0492, 2013

60,0 x 40,0 x 5,0 cm | 23,6 x 15,7 x 2,0 inch

4.500,00 € excl. VAT

Tageshase # 0147 | Tina Oelker | available artwork

Tina Oelker

Tageshase # 0147, 2008

60,0 x 40,0 x 5,0 cm | 23,6 x 15,7 x 2,0 inch

4.500,00 € excl. VAT

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