Can bad taste be great art? Anselm Reyle wraps himself in lushness on the borderline between seductive bling and sophisticated beauty.
“Sometimes I create my own work, but most of the time I work with assistants and respond to what I see. The artistic gesture does not need to be completed with feeling to awaken feeling.”
An old cartwheel on the wall with light in attractive colours. Shiny, sparkling tin foil behind coloured Plexiglas. Leaping dolphins and colours, which run controlled down across the canvas. Anselm Reyle’s paintings and sculptures are either blindingly beautiful or shameless clichés, depending on the eyes that see. The large formats, the perfect execution and the seductive colours and materials raise questions such as: How does cheap tat become valuable art? Would we prefer to feel comfortable or ruffled when experiencing art?
A gift to ARKEN
The nine works in the DETLEFS HALL are permanently exhibited at ARKEN. Several of the paintings were created specially for the room. The works were a gift from the Annie & Otto Johs. Detlef’s Foundation OJD.
About Anselm Reyle
Reyle works from his large workshop with a number of assistants. Materials are tested, prototypes are developed and sculptures are sent to bronze casters and car painters. Reyle discards anything that isn’t perfect. He doesn’t necessarily have his own artwork in hand along the way, but searches for the creative and intellectual process like a film producer. He challenges the idea that art is an expression of the artist’s personal creativity.
Born in 1970 in Tübingen, Germany.
Lives and works in Berlin.
Studied at Staatliche Akademie der
Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart and Staatliche
Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe.
Since 2009, professor at Hochschule für
Bildenden Künste, Hamburg.
Played guitar in a heavy metal band in his youth.
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