JAN ALBERS

JAN ALBERS
*1971, grew up in Namibia, lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

Albers‘ works are a reflection of the environment around him. His personal perspective, the loss of power in the face of a violent world, life in the urban chaos of big international cities, architectural grids and surfaces and the longing for untouched landscapes accumulate for him as individual perceptions in his three-dimensional reliefs of high concentration. For this purpose, he folds, casts, moulds, breaks or perforates a wide variety of materials such as polystyrene, bronze, stone or steel in sometimes laborious processes. Albers‘ relief works appear both in geometrically strict forms that move between minimal art and conceptual art and in archaic powerful works that tell of destruction and reconstruction. Albers‘ works emerge between obsessive actionism and precise planning. „Confusion, chaos, wanton destruction and mishap drive the works, which can only be found by repairing and making good,“ says the artist. With his constructed paintings and expansive sculptures, he breaks with habitual patterns of perception as his seemingly purely abstract sculptures reveal to the viewer their relation to the real world. Futuristic science fiction scenarios, rock-like natural phenomena or other architectures of urban living spaces emerge and convey a reading of space that can be understood neither purely pictorially nor entirely sculpturally.

His works are in the collections of acclaimed museums and institutions, such as Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20 K21; Hamburger Kunsthalle; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Von-Der-Heydt Museum, Wuppertal; Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar; Stiftung Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; Kunstsammlung des Landes NRW Kornelimünster; Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren; De Hallen, Amsterdam; Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca; Langen Foundation, Neuss; Sammlung Schürmann, Herzogenrath; Sammlung Schaufler, Sindelfingen; Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf; Sammlung Peters-Messer, Viersen; Sammlung HypoVereinsbank – Member of UniCredit, Munich; Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt a. M. et al.