Astrid Brandt


In 2015 the gallery presented works by Astrid Brandt for the first time, under the title »homesome«. In this solo show, featuring selected pencil drawings from more than 25 years, the viewer could discover a body of exceptional art works. Because ever since she finished her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Braunschweig the artist has rarely completed more than three or four of these drawings per year, which are characterized by the greatest precision and atmospheric concentration.

Her theme comprises interiors from private life, as well as everyday objects, most especially stationary and office supplies. She translates these and other motifs into small-format drawings after a lengthy process of discovery. This involves not only selecting the objects she puts on paper in minute, precise details, but also the presentation, which always plays an important role in her compositions – and lends an occasionally disconcerting life of their own to these seemingly familiar items. Consequently, her art works are not realistic in the usual sense, but dominated by a suggestive kind of hyper-acuity, leading the art expert Andreas Bee to call them »hypno-experiments« in drawing.

 


 


VITA
 

1963
born in Bremen

1982-89
Academy of Fine Arts, Braunschweig, master student of Prof. Malte Sartorius and Prof. Lienhard von Monkiewitsch

1998
Advancement Award of Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture

1999
Art Award, German Cooperative Banks

2005
Imre-Folkerts-Award for Fine Arts

2005-10
Teacher for drawing, Academy of Fine Arts, Bremen

lives and works in Wilhelmshaven and Braunschweig

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2015
homesome, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
shortcut, Allgemeiner Konsumverein, Braunschweig

2013
inwendig auswärts, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst

2012
Schaufenster, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
Full House – 10 Jahre, Rasche Ripken, Berlin

2017
Immanence – Contemporary Notes on the History of European Realisme, Pictura, Groningen

2016
Neue Sachlichkeit, Artdocks, Bremen

2015  
Interieur – Fremdes in vertrauten Räumen, Schloss Agathenburg, Stade

2014
9. Niedersächsische Grafik-Triennale, Kunstkreis Holzminden

2012
Ausstellung zum Paula-Modersohn-Becker-Kunstpreis, Große Kunstschau, Worpswede

2010
Feest der herkenning! Internationaal realisme, Kunsthalle Rotterdam
Realismus - das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit, Kunsthalle Emden,
Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich
Innenaußen, 4. Biennale der Zeichnung, Kunstverein Eislingen

2007
Ausstellung zum Gabriele-Münter-Preis, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Frauenmuseum, Bonn

2005
Stille Räume, Galerie Streitenfeld, Oberursel

2004
Galerie der Niedersächsischen Lottostiftung, Kubus Hannover

2001
Visionen des Wirklichen, Städtische Galerie im Park, Viersen

2000
Große Kunstausstellung, Haus der Kunst, Munich

1999
13. Nationale der Zeichnung, Augsburg
Kunstpreis der Deutschen Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken, Sprengel Museum Hannover

1997
Kunstpreis Junger Westen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

1996
zeichnen, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

1993
Junge Kunst der 90er, Niedersächsische Landesvertretung Bonn, Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin, Kampnagel Fabrik, Hamburg, École des Beaux Arts, Rouen