Vague Rampage
9 September - 31 October 2010

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Faye Fleming and Partner are delighted to announce a solo exhibition of new work by German artist André Niebur, entitled ‘Vague Rampage’. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Andre Niebur’s work inhabits a realm of quiet reflection contrasting with playful theatricality. Ideas are quickly transformed into flat paintings, direct and physical, while playing irreverently with space and the painting supports themselves so that an exhibition of painting forays into installation and sculpture. There is always a spirit of freedom and mischievousness, contrasting with paintings that request moments of deep repose and sensitivity.

Niebur’s chief concerns are with issues of light and colour, and resolving the contradiction between abstraction and figuration. His subtle yet witty paintings explore the elastic synthesis between object and space, translated sparingly through thin washes of paint. The resulting works are richly paradoxical, moments of figurative clarity blurred with overlays of clear bright colour. They operate as a visual language that is both private yet accessible, with symbols such as the “quotation marks” that one can find repeated in almost all the paintings if one searches for them.

Based in Dusseldorf, Niebur’s work can be seen as indirectly informed by the concerns of the Dusseldorf group Zero, in terms of their interest in light and shadow projection, and spectator participation. Another reference point could be the work of Jan Dibbets and his so-called ´perspectival corrections”. Niebur studied at the Dusseldorf Academy under the professorship of Jan Dibbets, a painter turned conceptual photographer, and it is possible to see the traces of Dibbets in Niebur’s paintings: flat pictorial space is captured and then distorted, or corrected, by a confrontation with blocks of colour and perspectival lines. Finally the celebrated Dusseldorf collaborative artist group hobbypopMUSEUM, of which Niebur is a key founding member, has also been a major influence with their potent site-specific installations fusing painting with sound, performance and film.

André´Niebur was born in 1973 in Rhede, Germany, and studied at Kunstakademie Dusselfdorf 1994-2002. He currently lives and works in Dusseldorf. Past solo exhibitions include ‘Bona to Vada’, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2007); ‘Libertinage’, Museum Baden, Sollingen (2008); Galerie Eva Winkeler, Frankfurt (2008); ‘Vague Attack’, CENTER, Berlin (2009). As a member of hobbypopMUSEUM he has exhibited widely, including Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2010), the 1st Athens Biennial (2007), Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel (2007), Deitch Projects, New York (2005), Deste Foundation, Athens (2005), Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw (2004), Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris (2003), Tate Britain, London (2003).

For further information please contact Faye Fleming or Laura Gowen at (+ 41) 22 321 4650 or