Exhibitions

 

KEN NAKAHASHI is pleased to announce “suji”, a solo exhibition by Erik Swars from Leipzig, Germany, to be held from February 10 (Fri) until March 17 (Fri), 2017.

Erik Swars was born 1988 in Leipzig, Germany. He studied under Jochen Plogsties in Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and graduated in 2016.

He also studied from O JUN in Tokyo National University of the Arts from 2013 March until 2014 February.

He now works in Spinnerei Leipzig, a former spinning factory now known as a source of contemporary art.

While continuing the genealogy of the new Leipzig school represented by Neo Rauch, Swars began oil painting with innovative ideas, along with a wide variety of works including prints and sculptures. He creates dynamic, semi-abstract paintings with concepts of “the past, present, and future self”, “the relationship between the authority of State and government and individuals,” or “the connection between nature and humanity.”

Many of his recent works are limited to white canvas, pale colors, opaque watercolors with Gouache, and oil painting. He does not dare to draw until he is satisfied in painting his subconscious thoughts, to leave the instinctual strokes of the brush unchanged, and the figure as true to its shape as possible. 

“suji” is the third solo exhibition of Erik Swars at KEN NAKAHASHI in over half a year, and will comprise his latest paintings.

Erik Swars will also be introduced in a one-man show format at the Art Fair Tokyo from March 17-19, 2017.



The Artist

Erik Swars

Erik Swars studied under Jochen Plogsties in Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and graduated in 2016. He also studied from O JUN in Tokyo National University of the Arts from 2013 until 2014. He first were working the geometric landscape full of screen with vivid colors, reminiscent of the surrealism and metaphysical paintings such as New Leipzig School or Giorgio de Chirico. In the process of continuing production with his master Jochen Plogsties, in recent years his works have been becoming more minimalistic like Suiboku-ga style. “Painting capturing the moment” could be said as his work, on the multiple-layered surface made with gesso and opaque watercolor gouache supporting the various expression struck with dark blue oil painting, not to dare to paint until he is satisfied in painting his subconscious thoughts, to leave the instinctual strokes of the brush unchanged, the strength sharpen and soften and the dryness of the brush. Swars uses the image sources that he finds on a catalog of the old master paintings, or the images on the Internet. He avoids the distinct frontal nature, he draw out a spread image that leads the viewpoint in various directions.