Johann Arens: Moulding Exclusivities
20 June 2017 | Private View: 6.30–9pm
21 July 2017 to 19 July 2017 | Visits by appointment only. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
StudioRCA | Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5AU
Part of the Dusk exhibition series curated by A- - -Z at StudioRCA Riverlight.
Visits by appointment only, please e-mail Anne Duffau : email@example.com
Johann Arens uses installation and video to survey the documentary properties of public interiors. By systematically re-editing the hardware of a location he draws up an abstract inventory of the social textures inherent in the site. His work is an enquiry into the role of human interfaces, the desire to touch artefacts and the mechanisms of user behaviour.
Arens (b.1981) was born in Aachen, Germany. After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, he received a stipend by the Netherlands Foundation of Visual Arts to complete his MFA in Fine Arts at Goldsmith, University of London. Since then he has worked on public commissions assigned by Arnolfini / Art and the Public Realm Bristol, Letchworth Heritage Foundation, Jerwood Foundation London and Kettle’s Yard Cambridge. He was awarded the Rome Fellowship in Contemporary Art by the British Academy and has been resident at Fondazione Antonio Ratti and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.
Recent exhibitions include ‘These Rotten Words’ Chapter Arts, Cardiff (2017); ‘Preis für Junge Kunst’ Neuer Aacherer Kunstverein, Germany (2016); ‘Somatic Matter’, Le Foyer, Zürich; ’New Acquisitions’, Fondazione Fotografia Modena; ‘Pillar Huggers’, Or Gallery, Berlin (2015); ‘TTTT’, Jerwood Space, London; ‘Emotional Resources’, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2014); ‘Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery’, Paradise Row, London (2013) and ‘I'll explain you everythiinnngggg’, Chert Berlin (2012).
Supported by The Elephant Trust.