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Swen Kählert was born in 1969 in Hamburg. He studied architecture at the HAW (university for applied siences) where he extended his artistic spectrum among other things studying with prof. Armin Sandig. In 1997 he recieved a scholarship from the Carl Duisberg Foundation and went for 9 months to Caracas/Venezuela designing public spaces and subway-stations at the Metro de Carcas. Since 2000 he dedicades himself to art, architecture and recently more and more to art in public spaces. Sporadically he also worked as a set designer. As an architect he always incorporates the space in his work. As a painter he acts like a scientist. Kaehlert creates with very diverse materials such as concrete, paint, wood, plastic, adhesive tape and even plants.

Angela Holzhauer/gallery holzhauer hamburg


Nature is the foundation of our existence, but it seems like this idea is fading. We are searching for alternatives that are supposed to work in a time when nature strikes against and proceeds without us. We try to optimize it not realizing that it is already perfect. Nature does not need our help. It is working perfectly for a very long time and much better before the human being started. It does something repetitively, without any doubt, again and again, getting even better every time. Repetition and variation are the main idea. We understand intuitively, feel safe and see the pattern behind the things. We feel that this is our environment, this is our planet. We can feel that it would be better to live in symbiosis with the environment. An environment where every little detail matters. Unnecessary to create a new one far away from here - or cyborgs. We are starting to loose the separation between the natural and technical things and the ability to evaluate what is in front of us. Nature is a good example that one thing is always based on another. It does not loose track, continuity and confidence leads to something good. The "failure" is a welcome glitch in a system that never becomes rigid. There is no end and no goal. There is only change. 

My work starts as painting and mostly approaches aspects of objects. I see them still as paintings. The process is based on painting and is a comparatively long one. Seen under natural circumstances everything happens in a kind of time lapse and certainly under conditions that apply to everything and everyone. A sort of universal rules. It is a logical conclusion that it turns out in forms that remind us of natural things. It just happens. Confidence in the subject and no fear of making mistakes is an important part of my work. Mostly my works proceed in an unexpected way. I decide out of the moment what comes next. I imagine nature is doing it in a similar way. That is the way how it can adapt to everything. The final picture is not clear in the very beginning. If we consider contemporary influences like GPS and 3-d-printing for instance, you could see my work as a new kind of landscape based painting, even if I would not call myself a landscape painter.

 

Swen Kaehlert



Individual Exhibitions

2019 GROWTH / galerie holzhauer HH @ Merck Finck / Hamburg

2019 EXPANSION / FONIS-Galerie / Düsseldorf

2017 VOM WACHSTUM DER FARBE / FONIS-Galerie / Düsseldorf

2017 NETZWERKE VON PANIK UND SEHNSUCHT (mit Arnaldo Gonzáles) / galerie holzhauer HH

2016 DISH DASH / FONIS-Galerie / Düsseldorf

2015 DER HIMMEL IST EINE SCHEIBE / Museum Buxtehude

2014 CENTRIFICATION / Installation/ galerie holzhauer hamburg

2012 NORDPOL SÜDPOL / Installative Malerei / galerie holzhauer hamburg

2010 Lucas Carrieri Art Gallery / Berlin


Group Exhibitions

2019 AMELAND / Malerei / Museum Ameland / Holland

2019 ÜBERM TELLERRAND / Malerei / galerie holzhauer HH auf Ms Europa 2

2019 4 JAHRE / FONIS-Galerie / Düsseldorf

2019 15 JAHRE / galerie holzhauer HH

2019  DAS GROSSE FORMAT / BUNKERHILLGalerie HH

2019 MELLOW FELLOW / galerie holzhauer HH

2018 KRÄHEN UND KRAWALL / FONIS-Galerie / Düsseldorf

2018 KÜNSTLER BÜCHER / galerie holzhauer hamburg

2017 DAS FLIEGENDE JACKET / FONIS-Galerie / Düsseldorf

2017 FLOATING ART / Installation INSEL / Museum Veijle DK

2017 CONCRETE DANCE / Kunstvoll Gallery / Hamburg

2017 Serie RICHTUNGSWECHSEL / MS Europa 2 / galerie holzhauer HH

2017 SURFING THE GREAT TSUNAMI / Collaborating exhibition project / Aarhus DK

2016 BONBONS UND BIER / heliumcowboy artspace / Hamburg

2016 FONIS-Galerie / Jubiläumsausstellung / Düsseldorf

2016 TRACES OF MINIMALISM / heliumcowboy artspace / Hamburg

2015 FONIS-Galerie / Kunstevent / Düsseldorf

2015 VELADA SANTA LUCIA REMIX / Hamburg

2015 LUFTSCHLOSS / Installation im öffentlichen Raum / altonale / Hamburg

2015 GRAND OPENING / Freitagsverein / Hamburg

2015 MULTI-DIMANSIONAL IMAGES AND PICTOGRPHIC OBJECTS / Bethanien / Berlin

2015 SPRING EQUINOX / Behaim 21 / Berlin

2014 INSEL / Installation im öffentlichen Raum / Kunstflecken / Neumüster

2014 THE LESS YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU SEE / Westwerk / Hamburg

2014 Scholz-Sorger / München

2014 VELADA REMIX und galerie holzhauer hamburg / Bremer Kunstfühling / Bremen

2013 VELADA SANTA LUCIA REMIX / Hamburg

2013 MILLERNTOR GALLERY OVERTIME / heliumcowboy artspace / Hamburg

2013 MILLERNTOR GALLERY / Hamburg

2013 VELADA SANTA LUCIA / Maracaibo / Venezuela

2013 HOT 5 / Malerei und Skulptur / galerie holzhauer hamburg

2012 EMERGING ARTISTS / Affordable Art Fair / Hamburg

2012 VELADA SANTA LUCIA REMIX / Hamburg

2011 VELADA SANTA LUCIA / Maracaibo / Venezuela

2010 FLUCHTLINIEN UND STRÖMUNGEN / Cap San Diego / Hamburg

2010 TRANSFER: GLÜCK / Kunstmeile / Hamburg-Harburg

2010 CORNELIA OPEN HOUSE / Chicago / USA


Awards

2014 Gewinner Kunstpreis Kunstflecken / Neumünster


Publications

2017 INSEL / Kopenhagen Magasin

2017 INSEL / WOTISART?

2017 INSEL / A5 Magazine

2012 CALLE DE ARTE / ARTE-Dokumentation über die Velada Santa Lucia Venezuela

2006 ANTE;INTER;POST / VORN Magazin / Issue III / http://www.vornmagazine.com


Set Design

2009 PHOENIX FABRIC / Daniel Alexander Jones / NYC / USA

2007 PRESEVATION / Abi Basch / NYC / USA

2001 HOUSE OF DAVID / Vancouver / Canada