SPOTLIGHT: Johann Arens

Johann Arens is a German, emerging contemporary artist currently attending the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

In September 2014, he joined the group exhibition Emotional Resources at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland and in November he will present Part I, The Dispute in Düsseldorf.

Arens (born in Aachen, 1981) graduated at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2006, and spent 5 months working in Berlin taking part in the Nipkow Program. He also holds an MFA at Goldsmiths College in London (2011).

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Johann works mainly in installation, film and sculpture, languages that reflect on the investigation of the space in evolution and its virtual manipulation to analyse our historic situation and public behavior.

At the centre of his artworks we find domestic interiors, offices, computerized landscapes and urban environment that wander about their function in the visual culture and in our social structure.

The works display numerous devices at different scales in a complex system. Each exhibition traces a general viewing of the social dimension and the acting of us as users. A collage of different reality aspects characterize Arens’ production and his research in the visual art.

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During a long term stay in Rome last year, Arens presented Friday 13th at the British School. He collaborated with artists Daniele Genadry and Jurgen Ots, to create the innovative project Hard Copy (2014) at Pastificio Cerere Foundation.

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Recent solo exhibitions include Paradise Row (London), Apple and Pear (London), Effect Rating (Amsterdam), Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery (London), North of no South (London).

For further research and information about Johann Arens visit www.johannarens.com

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