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Suji by Erik Swars
2017-02-10 – 2017-03-17

Erik suji

Vernissage 2017-02-10   1800 – 2100

Erik suji

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.


Artist Profile

Major solo exhibition

2017

  • “suji”, KEN NAKAHASHI, Tokyo

2015

  • “ICH”, matchbaco, Tokyo

2014

  • “Erik Swars /// SOLO ///”, Neue Galerie Halle, Leipzig
  • “Adyton”, matchbaco, Tokyo

2013

  • “who is your favorites painter?”, JIKKA_gallery, Tokyo

2012

  • OBA Gallery Halle, Leipzig


Selected group exhibition

2015

  • February- March: “Necessarius-”, matchbaco, Tokyo
  • January-Feburary:Patent Pending Ostapotheke, Leipzig
  • January: Spinnerei Leipzig G11, Leipzig

2014

  • October: Westwerk Leipzig, Leipzig
  • September: Spinnerei Leipzig G11, Leipzig
  • August: Potemka Gallery, Leipzig

2013

  • October-November:Trans Arts Tokyo, Tokyo
  • August-September: Am Hawerkamp Münster, Münster
  • July-August: Gallery Mücheln, Mücheln

2012

  • April-November: Salus Magdeburg, Magdeburg

2011

  • May: 1. Connewitzer Art Festival, Leipzig

2010

  • June: Feinkost, Leipzig


Art Fairs

2017

  • Art Fair Tokyo (KEN NAKAHASHI)


Details

Title:suji
Period:February 10 (Fri) until March 17 (Fri), 2017
Hours:13:00 - 21:00
Holidays:Sun / Mon
Venue:KEN NAKAHASHI (5F, No.2 Shinjuku Bldg., 3-1-32, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022)
Contact:info@kennakahashi.net +81 (0)3-4405-9552


The Artist

Erik Swars

bio

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.”

book

  • "ICH" published by matchbaco, 2015
  • "Adyton" published by matchbaco, 2014