Hein Spellmann


Hein Spellmann begins with detailed photographs of urban architecture and turns them into façade objects, organized on the wall as individual pieces or in small groups. His original interest was in typical Eastern European »Plattenbau«, made by prefabricated elements, but in the meantime he has expanded his architectural repertoire to include other forms, such as the façades of stairwells, industrial buildings, or storefronts.

The realization of the objects, however, always follows the same principle: Hein Spellmann backs the color prints on foam, braces them with a block of wood, and finally seals them with a transparent layer of silicon, which gives his objects a sculptural, three-dimensonal form. By this he creates elastic wall elements, which, depending on the section, format, and color scheme, allow for different degrees of abstraction and narrative forms.

And just as the process of realizing those objects corresponds to the construction of modulare buildings, the way they are transformed into autonomous residential units also reveals a utopian dimension in his handling of the city and architecture. This is not only based in the playful elements with which the objects are always being formed and reformed, (something like a set of building blocks), but it is also expressed in the fact that the buildings then take on the form of portable modules or mobile homes, amounting to a kind of individual appropriation. 

 


 


VITA
 

1962
born in Bassum

1982-88
Academy of Fine Arts, Braunschweig

1997
Working grant, Foundation Kulturfonds, Berlin

1998
Art Award, Stadtsparkasse Magdeburg

lives and works in Berlin

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
Fassade, Kunstverein Unna
City Site, Rasche Ripken, Berlin (with Jan Ros)

2017
Artelli Gallery, Antwerp (with Pedro Correa)

2016
Stadt Bild, Galerie Gans, Vienna (with Fabian Patzak)
Nordseite, Galerie Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig
Immobile, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
Phänomen, basement, Vienna (with Heidrun Widmoser)
Nordostansicht, Künstlerhaus Göttingen

2015  
Im-Haus-Sein, Stichting Villa de Bank, Enschede

2014  
Außenhaut, Rasche Ripken, Berlin

2012  
The Solo Project, Basel (with Rasche Ripken)
Vom Rand zur Mitte, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
Kunstverein Remise Bludenz

2011   
Delta Tigers, Vorwerk Syke (with Heinrich Brockmann)

2010  
City Surfaces, Galleri Thomassen, Goteborg

2009  
Zwischen Wand und Mauer, Rasche Ripken, Berlin

2008  
Vorübergehend gemietet, Rundhof Rathaus Charlottenburg, Berlin
Zulässige Abweichung, U.B.R. Galerie, Salzburg

2007  
Weichbild, Umtrieb, Galerie für aktuelle Kunst, Kiel

2006  
Blue Opening, Galleri Udengaard, Arhus
Hausordnung, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster
(with Beate Spalthoff)

2005  
Sideways, U.B.R. Galerie, Salzburg

2004  
Objekte, Architektur Galerie, Berlin         
Stadt im Schlaf, Galerie Turbinenhaus, Wendlingen/Neckar
Lost Landscape, Galleri Thomassen, Goteborg (with Lap Yip)

2003  
Fenster, Kunstraum No. 10, Mönchengladbach

2001  
vis-à-vis, U.B.R. Galerie, Salzburg
Kunsthalle Vierseithof, Luckenwalde
Auf Montage, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster

2000  
Einsichten – Ansichten, Torhaus-Galerie Braunschweig
(with Margund Smolka)
Populous, Galleri Bergman, Goteborg (with Margund Smolka)
K.A.P. Kunstverein, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

1999  
Behältnisse, Waschhaus Potsdam (with Margund Smolka)

1997  
heimisch werden, Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel
Ausblick, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
Full House –  10 Jahre, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
40 Jahre Künstlerhaus Göttingen, Künstlerhaus Göttingen

2017
Picture this, Rasche Ripken, Berlin

2016
12+1, Artelli Gallery, Antwerp

2015  
Neubau, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
Muster*prozess, Rasche Ripken, Berlin

2013
Halte Dich fern von offenen Fenstern, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
Nordwestkunst 2013, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
Rauminterventionen X, Kunstverein Gelsenkirchen
48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin (Installation)

2012  
Urbane Geometrie, U.B.R. Galerie Salzburg

2011  
Jahresausstellung, Kunstverein Unna
Licht, Luft und Liebe, Künstlerhaus Potsdam
Sommerschau, Kunst und Kulturverein Alte Schule, Baruth
BS-Visite, Rebenpark, Braunschweig

2010  
Das Bad, Kunstraum t27, Berlin

2009  
Glück gehabt! Kunst im Untergrund, NGBK Berlin

2008  
1:X (Raum/Modell), Rasche Ripken Berlin

2007  
countdown, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster
art-box, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück

2006  
Part of the overview, Larm Galleri, Copenhagen

2005  
Metropolis, National Museum Szczecin

Neue Heimat 1, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster

2004  
Architektur im Bild, M3 Kunsthalle, Berlin
Landschaft umbaut, Projektgalerie Leipzig
Musterhaus, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin

2003  
The City, U.B.R. Galerie, Salzburg
Raum01, Galerie Bebensee, Hamburg

2002  
Neubau II, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster
Urbane Sequenzen, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Schloss Ringenberg
Vor Ort, Kunst und Kulturverein Alte Schule, Baruth

2001  
Wer hat Angst vor Roger Whittaker?, Freunde Aktueller Kunst, Zwickau
Künstlerische Partnerschaften, Stadtgalerie Kiel

2000  
ARK 2000 – an experimental work, Dilston Grove, London

1999  
Testbild, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster

1998  
Ohne Stein und Eisen, Kunstsammlung Neubrandenburg
Stadtluft macht frei, Galerie HO, Berlin

1997  
Common Space, Zámocký Park, Pestinok, Slovakia
Artbridge London-Berlin, Dock 11, Berlin
Space-Living-Dimensions, Zollhaus Leer

1996 
Der große Zug der Koffer, Studio bildende Kunst, Berlin
Out of this space, Café Gallery, London

1995
Frühlingserwachen, Kunstverein Hannover