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Ivan Seal


  • Ivan Seal makes paintings viewed as individual parts to a larger ongoing archive. Documenting imagined objects from memory and its unavoidable errors, the archive acts as document to nonsense and ones' wandering mind. Improvisation and free associative devices become systems to create an image.

    Generative and chance processes are also applied to spoken word or sounds which are often presented in relation to sets of paintings. By utilising algorithmic and generative computer programs to repeatedly order and reorder spoken words, the sound works often act as counterpoints to the act of looking. A similar approach is applied to the algorithmic generated nonsense word titles for the paintings.

  • Biography

  • Ivan Seal studied at the Sheffield Hallam University and lives and works in Berlin Germany.

    Selected exhibitions include The Caretaker, Spazio Cabinet, Milan; The Caretaker, The Barbican, London; Chevette in dub, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich (solo); A conversation about ceramics, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan; Background / Foreground / Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm; Carl Freedman Gallery, London  (solo); The Painter Of Modern Life, Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Mean what you see, Daniel Marzona, Berlin; Contemporary Art Society, London (solo); In Here Stands It, Spike Island, Bristol (solo); Changing States of Matter, Brand New Gallery, Milan; I learn by osmosis, CEAAC, Strasbourg, (solo); Hauntology, University of Berkeley Museum.

    Ivan Seal has work in public collections including Government Art Collection, UK; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, UK (Purchased by the Contemporary Art Society); David Roberts Art Foundation, UK; Zabludowicz Collection, UK; UBS Art Collection, UK; Kistefos Collection, Norway

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