Gestalten is pleased to present a solo exhibition by young Berlin-based artist Clemens Behr. In SPLITTER, new installations conceived especially for our exhibition space and a selection of Behr's latest artworks converge to offer a compelling snapshot of his emerging artistic career.
Clemens Behr almost always creates site-specific works that are characterized by the use of found material. Evolving out of an approach that originates between deconstruction and rearrangement, Behr's temporary formations serve as reflections of his visual impressions of a given surrounding. His almost performance-like design process is not based on any sketches. Still, Behr’s final results, which are always documented in photos, look as though he was guided by a specific visual goal. These photos, in turn, become artworks themselves, as they are mostly the only remnants of his ephemeral installations. This circumstance indicates the significant influence of American conceptual artist Gordon Matta Clark and his building cuts on Behr.
The exhibition title SPLITTER is a double entendre that refers to the artist's approach as well as to the visual impression his installations convey. By playing with both destruction and construction, Clemens Behr raises questions about ephemerality and permanency. In the same way, his work facilitates a dialog between our perceptions in the second and third dimensions. Against this background, the importance of photography to his work becomes even clearer—thanks to photography, Behr’s spatial, walk-in installations can become striking cubistic images after the original structures have been destroyed.
Alongside his temporary site-specific interventions, SPLITTER also presents a number of durable objects. With his recent change to more stable materials such as wood and tiles, Clemens Behr has abandoned his use of cardboard boxes, which had become a trademark of his abstract spatial installations. It is especially revealing to experience Behr’s work at the time of this significant artistic shift since it gives an outlook on what is still to come.
For further information or to request a preview of the available work, please contact the gallery at email@example.com.
Clemens Behr was born in Koblenz, Germany in 1985. He studied graphic design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund and at the University of Barcelona’s Faculty of Fine Arts. He is currently enrolled in Prof. Karsten Konrad’s sculpting class at the University of Arts in Berlin. Behr has already participated in an impressive number of solo and group shows in Europe and around the world. His distinctive interventions in public space have garnered him a great deal of attention, which has led to commissions from street art and music festivals on a regular basis.
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