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Bluerider ART London·Mayfair, a new space of Bluerider ART, will launch its opening exhibition, "Homeland Universe," on September 9th, 2023. The exhibition invites 16 featured artists to express their individual concepts of a universe home using art as a common language. This marks the official establishment of Bluerider ART in London and commemorates Bluerider ART's 10th anniversary, ushering in a new milestone in East-West cultural exchange.
‘… the fatherland of a virtuous soul is the entire universe’ ─ Democritus, Ancient Greek philosopher
“Man follows the Earth, the Earth follows Heaven, Heaven follows the Dao, and the Dao follows Nature.” - Laozi, Daoist philosopher
"Universe" is a unified entity composed of all time, space, and its contents. Where does the universe come from? Does it have a supreme ruler? Where do human beings come from? These have been questions explored by philosophers from both the East and the West. In the Western tradition, ancient Greek philosophers proposed atomic theory, which states that everything is composed of atoms, and both matter and laws exist naturally. In the Eastern tradition, there is the philosophy of the Yi Jing (Book of Changes) and Daoism, which states that man follows the Earth, the Earth follows Heaven, Heaven follows the Dao, and the Dao follows Nature. All things in the world are born from being, being is born from non-being, and the Yi Jing emerges from the Taiji (Supreme Ultimate), giving rise to the two polarities. Matter and laws emerge from chaos and emptiness.
Regardless of the different cosmological views and cultural ideologies in the East and West, as humanity accelerates towards the space age, a deeper recognition emerges when looking from various perspectives: Earth is the common home of all human beings. In the future, interstellar travel and interstellar migration will extend humanity's presence from Earth to the universe, transcending national and cultural boundaries. The concept of a universe home will surpass Earth, becoming a vision of coexistence for humanity. Through the transcendent language of artistic spirituality, art serves as a bridge that connects the atomic theory, the vastness of the universe, and the past, present, and future, opening up a pathway of freedom filled with imagination, passion, and creative expression, transcending linguistic barriers.
Bluerider ART's opening exhibition in London's Mayfair, titled ‘Homeland Universe’, invites 16 represented artists to create works based on this theme, presenting their interpretations of a cosmic home. Chinese artist Cao Jigang’s tempera painting “Half Mountain” evokes a poetic call to "the way of nature and the unity of heaven and man" mountain shape with layers of tempera transparent jade-like texture. American silverpoint artist Carol Prusa's artwork "Limen" creates a space between what we do and don’t yet understand and the erotic dark energy threading all. Swiss video sculpture artist Marck's piece "Live in a Deep Neon Square" constructs a visually stunning surreal journey through a framework of virtual and real using video sculpture. French digital artist Pascal Dombis explores the potential obsolescence of written text in the future with his artwork "Obsolete Future." German installation artist Caro Jost's piece "MY, MYSELF and YOU" abstractly portrays the profound emotions of home using the artist's personal electrocardiogram. During the exhibition, there will also be opportunities for the audience to participate and interact by writing down their ideal cosmic home, the selected content will be announced via Bluerider ART’s social networking platform.
Vernissage: 7 September Thu. 6pm – 9pm
Grand Opening: 9 September Sat. 4pm – 8pm
Date: 7 September – 5 Novmeber 2023
Bluerider ART London·Mayfair
47 Albemarle St, London, W1S 4JW
(Germany, b. 1949)
Born in Upper Swabia, the center of Baroque art history, Willi Siber studied art history at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His creations inherited the fluidity, theatricality, and splendid visual effects of Baroque art also incorporated a contemporary perspective. Siber once said "My creations stem from change." Over the long artist career he not only excels in painting, but also known for art objects , installations, sculptures. Using wood, steel, epoxy resin, exploring the malleability of materials, focusing not just on the aesthetic expression of materials he constantly research, validation, and overturning of established perceptions, breaking through the limitations of materials. His playfulness with colors further highlights his concise style. Willi Siber's exhibitions have spanned across Europe and the United States, his works permanently collected by German Federal Parliament, the German Embassy in Argentina, Deutsche Bank, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Städtisches Kunstmuseum in Singen, and private art museums Kunstwerk Sammlung Klein, Museum Ritter and private collectors worldwide.
(Netherland, b. 1953)
Reinoud Oudshoorn is a contemporary minimalist artist from the Netherlands. He graduated from the AKI Art Academy in the Netherlands and currently lives and works in Amsterdam, where he used to teach at the KABK (Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten). Reinoud Oudshoorn is renowned for his minimalist sculptures focus on "Vanishing Point" to construct three dimentional spaces: physical space, invisible space and poetic imagination space. He advocates that "sculpture should create space larger than the work itself" . His exhibitions across Europe, America, and Asia, exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum and Museum Fodor in Amsterdam..etc. Works permanently collected by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the AkzoNobel Art Foundation in the Netherlands, ABN AMRO Bank in the Netherlands, and the private art museum Sammlung Schroth in Germany..etc.
Born in Beijing, China, Cao Jigang currently works and lives in Beijing. Graduated from the Oil Painting Dept. of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 1984 and later completed his master’s degree in material expression research, where he taught at the Art Foundation Dept.. Cao Jigang's artistic style combines elements of Eastern and Western aesthetics and literati thoughts. In his early works, he depicted the ruins of the Great Wall using oil painting, after that he began to explore different materials and create his own techniques. Later he began to use the ancient European technique of “Tempera” creating large-scale series “Guangling San” and “Barren Cold.” From Tempera Cao's works are characterized by an unique semi-transparent luminosity and a jade-like quality, achieved through layered brushwork to express a sense of emptiness. His art continue to combine and mix the Western landscape and Chinese Shanshui. Recently he moved towards a "decomposition of Shanshui" and a "minimalist" style, further expanding the imaginative space of the metaphysical. Cao Jigang's artistic achievements have been recognized and received the Silver Award at the 9th National Art Exhibition in China(1999), exhibited in museums including National Art Museum of China, permanently collected by the National Art Museum of China, the Shanghai Art Museum, and important Chinese private collectors.
(USA, b. 1956)
Carol Prusa holds a Master of Fine Arts from Drake University, where she specialized in painting. She is known for her meticulous silverpoint technique, an ancient and refined grayscale technique with the silver stylus, and the use of unexpected materials from sculpted resin and fiberglass to metal leaf and LED large-scale installations. Through this precise and sophisticated method, she explores the astronomic origin of life as well as the philosophy of cosmology in her silverpoint work. Carol Prusa received a SECAC Artistic Achievement Award in 2017 and awarded for 2020 Manifest Prize. Her works have been highly regarded in historical books on Silverpoint feature. Prusa participated in 2015-2016 Miami Biennale and had exhibited in many museums and important institutions including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Boca Raton Museum, Louisiana Museum of Art and Science, etc. Her work included in excellent public and private collections, including the Perez Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Telfair Art Museum (Savannah), Spencer Museum of Art, and the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection.
(UK, b. 1962)
Internationally renowned X-ray artist Nick Veasey reveals the hidden facets beneath the surface using his unique X-ray penetration technique. His work humorously and mischievously explores the essence of people and objects' inner nature. Nick Veasey uses x-ray to strip back the layers and show what it is like under the surface. The technique reveals what, and often how, things are made, which grants his art to penetrate the surface and take us on a journey into a world otherwise hidden and unseen. Veasey has an extensive exhibition experience worldwide, with his artwork featured on the cover of TIME magazine and invited to give a TED talk. In 2018, he held a large-scale exhibition at the renowned Fotografiska museum in Sweden, visited by The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Crown Princess of Sweden. He also photographed important antique costumes for the Victoria and Albert Museum and collaborated with various brands such as Louis Vuitton, United Airlines, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen. Works collected by the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Science and Media Museum in the UK, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum at FIT in the USA, the BMW Museum in Germany and the Museum of Applied Arts and Design (MUDAC) in Switzerland.
(Switzerland, b. 1964)
nternationally renowned X-ray artist Nick Veasey reveals the hidden facets beneath the surface using his unique X-ray penetration technique. His work humorously and mischievously explores the essence of people and objects' inner nature. Nick Veasey uses x-ray to strip back the layers and show what it is like under the surface. The technique reveals what, and often how, things are made, which grants his art to penetrate the surface and take us on a journey into a world otherwise hidden and unseen. Veasey has an extensive exhibition experience worldwide, with his artwork featured on the cover of TIME magazine and invited to give a TED talk. In 2018, he held a large-scale exhibition at the renowned Fotografiska museum in Sweden, visited by The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Crown Princess of Sweden. He also photographed important antique costumes for the Victoria and Albert Museum and collaborated with various brands such as Louis Vuitton, United Airlines, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen. Works collected by the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Science and Media Museum in the UK, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum at FIT in the USA, the BMW Museum in Germany and the Museum of Applied Arts and Design (MUDAC) in Switzerland.
(Germany, b. 1965)
Graduated from the Law School and the Art School of Munich University, Caro Jost lives and creates her art in Munich. Every artist has their favorite artists, but Caro Jost takes this admiration to a whole new level, incorporating her love for Munich's abstract expressionism groups into works extensively. Her works revolve around themes of time, space, and events. In the series "Streetprints," where she traveled to over 70 locations worldwide, imprinting traces she collected from the streets onto her canvases. Her artworks were exhibited MoMA, Chelsea Art Museum in New York, and Guggenheim Collection in Venice, permanently collected by the MoMA Library Collection (The archives of MoMA, NY), Chelsea Art Museum (NY), and Museum of the City of Munich.
(Frence, b. 1965)
Graduated from Tufts University computer art and Insa University in Lyon, France. Digital artist Pascal Dombis currently lives and works in Paris. His focus involves the exploration of language, noise, control, and irrationality. Dombis has been using computers and algorithms to generate and elaborate repetitions of simple processes, which computationally reproduce geometric or typographical signs. Started as a painter, Dombis notes that his encounter with William Burroughs’s art was a key moment for his new investigations into digital art. Dombis uses optical materials such as lenticular plates to revisit the way viewers look at things, and to question the very nature of images in the broad sense of the word. By using lenticular, allows him to play with the viewer’s gaze. The incessant circulation of images has made the way of looking at things more dynamic. Moreover, the lenticular material questions this new reading paradigm and brings about a physical and time-related experience. Over the years he created monumental public works for the City of Perth, Australia, the Ministry of Culture in France, and an 8 meter long outdoor sculpture installation along the River bank in Shanghai, China. His art exhibited around the world including Musée en Herbe in France, Museum Kunstpalast in Denmark, Velchev Art Museum in Bulgaria, and the University of Georgia in the USA.
(Germany, b. 1966)
Peter Krauskopf studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in his birth town Leipzig and later continued as a post-graduate under Arno Rink. Known for his break with the figurative tradition of Leipzig painting, Peter Krauskopf especially interested in the process of overpainting, which he understands as an overwriting of time. All of his pieces – the intensive colored smaller plates, as well as the big monochrome color gradients, seem to be abstract at first sight, but they are all ‘concretions of a period of time’. On homogeneous, smooth grounds which either consist of an old, former abandoned painting or a monochrome under painting, Krauskopf performs one single intervention to form a new picture. In 2015 he received the Falkenrot Prize. His paintings were widely exhibited including the Mies van der Rohe-Haus, Berlin, the Forum Kunst Rottweil, the Kunsthalle Lingen and Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, works presented in the collection of the Albertinum in Dresden, the Ludwig Forum in Aachen, the City Museum of Wrocław, the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, the Museum Schloss Morsbroich in Leverkusen, Kupferstichkabinett and the Galerie Neue Meister in Dresden, Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.
(Germany, b. 1968)
Sven Drühl currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied both in art and mathematics. With a PhD in art theory, he is also an author and editor of publications on contemporary art. Conceptually, Sven Drühl dissects visual shapes and types taken from every era from Romanticism to the present day, re-mounting them and combining them with his own motifs. Drühl reacts to the crisis of expression in post-modern painting with these transformed citations, but has purposefully not ceased to paint. His exploration of art history and his continual questioning of painting as a medium are at the heart of his oeuvre. He became known through his compilations of famous landscape paintings and had been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia and the United States including the St. Matthäuskirche, Berlin, Museum Villa-Rot, Neue Galerie Gladbeck, National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Kallman-Museum, Ismaning, Museum Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, ZKM | Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe. His work is in collection of Berlinische Galerie -Museum für moderne Kunst, Berlin, Allianz Forum, Deutsche Bank, E.ON Art Collection, Düsseldorf, Collection Philara, Düsseldorf.
(Switzerland, b. 1968)
Graduated from Geneva University of Art and Design (Haute École d'Art et de Design), Feuz currently lives and works in Geneva. In his artistic realm, art, science, and philosophy converge as he explores the universal meaning of "existence" and presents unseen realms through his unique painting techniques. Thierry Feuz's works have been collected by significant institutions and museums, including Musée d'Art et d'Histoire in Neuchâtel, Singapore Art Foundation, UBS Bank, Saks Fifth Avenue in the United States, as well as the Breeze Crop. and E.Sun Commercial Bank, among other corporate collections.
François Bonnel is an abstract artist currently lives and works in Toulouse, France. After a 25-year career in advertising industry, he devoted himself fully to art from 2018. He approaches his art with an improvisational spirit, constantly exploring various creative techniques and media, often using digital media, photography, and collage. The joy and passion for art are evident throughout his work, with candid and simple lines, shapes, and colors that transcend explicit messages, liberating a pure and unrestrained enthusiasm for art. His works are permanently collected in institutions such as the Harvard Art Museums in the United States, Louis Vuitton in New York, and corporate collections like L'Oréal and Longchamp in Paris.
(Germany , b. 1969)
Susanne Kühn holds a Master's degree in Painting and Printmaking from the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, currently lives and works in Freiburg and Nuremberg, Germany. She was awarded a scholarship from the Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Central to Kühn's practice is her highly animated and vivid execution of a precise level of craftsmanship through which she interweaves various painterly vernaculars and styles. Via this aesthetic approach, she engages with the history of painting from a female perspective, as well as exploring everyday life and futuristic narratives in her current work. Kühn's work has been showcased in solo exhibitions at various renowned venues, including the Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna, the OMI International Arts Center in Ghent, New York, Haunch of Venison in London, UK, Sala Uno Contemporary Arts Centre in Rome, the Harvard Radcliffe Institute in Cambridge, USA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, USA, the Museum für Neue Kunst in Freiburg, etc. Her work is represented in collections worldwide including viz. the Busch-Reisinger Museum Collection / Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, USA, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, FRAC Alsace, France, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden Germany.. etc.
Born in Mainz, Germany, Angela Glajcar studied sculpture at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nuremberg from 1991 to 1998. Glajcar's work embodies sculpture and installation, it examines the way in which space is experienced using a material that is fragile and light. In the act of ripping and perforating a material that is traditionally used as a two-dimensional support, Glajcar gives paper a strong sculptural presence. Terforation is the title of Angela Glajcar's famous cubic pieces. The staggered arrangement of the vertically hung series of sheets of white paper, with torn edges, produces cave-like recessions. These extend into the depth of the sculpture. The sharp ridges and deep caverns gives viewer a fascinating room of harmony and silence. Glajcar has exhibited extensively and been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including Studio Award of the Kunststiftung Erich Hauser, the Asterstein scholarship in 1999 and Vordemberge Gildewart Award in 2004. Glajcar's works have been showcased in various prominent public art exhibitions, including Cologne Cathedral, the Frankfurt Department of Culture, the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Mainz Gutenberg Museum. Permanent collections of Glajcar's works can be found at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art in the United States, the Wiesbaden Museum in Germany, the Mainz Arts and Sciences Center in Germany, and the Hanten Schmidt collection in Austria.
(Germany, b. 1974)
Sandra Ackermann lives and works in rural Germany and London UK. She studied fine art at Staatliche Hochschule for Bildende Künste – Städelschule Frankfurt am Main. In her work she combines the interest in the human appearance with the observation of the newly appearing digital image culture and the way it changes the perception we have about ourselves. Ackermann understands her work as an ongoing project of cultural observational studies from a female perspective, interlacing political and emotional movements of society into poetic paintings. Her work has been shown internationally in Europe and Asia in Galleries and Museums, including Royal Opera Arcade, Städel Museumm, Städtisches Museum Engen, etc. Her work is present in private and public collections, including art collection of Rhineland Palatinate, Germany.
(Czech Republic, b.1978)
Jan Kaláb graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, and currently lives and works in Prague. As a pioneer of Czech graffiti art, Jan Kaláb has been constantly forging a path as a non- traditional artist. He transitioned from street graffiti into pure white spaces, starting with points and developing them into circular transformations and 3D sculptures, condensing the exuberance of the outdoors onto geometrically distorted canvases. He represented the Czech Republic at the Shanghai World Expo in the Czech Pavilion and his works are held in collections at The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML), National Art Museum of Brazil, Deji Art Museum in China, Daejeon Museum of Art in South Korea, and cooperate with numerous international luxury brands including Dior and Tiffany.
Graduated from the Fine Arts at the Munich Art Academy, Tim Freiwald now work and live in Berlin. Tim Freiwald's creative process involves "destruction, decomposition, and reconstruction" generating negative spaces in his works, constantly exploring the questions of whether "destruction can still be beautiful" and "what is art." Fragments, fractured lines, and delicate structures, all portrayed through intense colors, define his aesthetic style of destructiveness. Freiwald mentioned “I want the paintings to be on the verge of physical collapse so that they only become stable through the painterly attraction between their elements.” In 2011, Tim Freiwald received the BMW Brilliance Automotive Art Award. In 2014, he became a student of the artist Thomas Scheibitz. In 2018, Tim Freiwald was awarded the New Positions prize at the Art Cologne, a prestigious art exhibition in Cologne. Tim Freiwald has already held significant solo exhibitions at various European venues including Walter Storms Galerie in Munich, exhibited at the Kunsthalle Bremerhaven in Bremen.