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In view of the vast breadth and depth of western art traditions, Bernhard C. Striebel asks many questions: What is a picture, how definite and precise must a work of art be, how much mystery can it tolerate? What is the role of the beholder, to which extent does he or she (in addition to the artist) create the work? How can – or must – the work be translated into words, is it, after all, possible to view art without thinking in terms and notions? What is the relationship between figure and ground, picture and wall, flatness and space? What are the roles of color and light? How decorative may – or must – art be? And finally, the central question: What is the meaning of art?

Some of these questions can be traced back to Striebel’s professor at art school, Franz Erhard Walther, not the least the active role of the observer (or: user). Walther’s space-consuming activities find their correspondence in Striebel’s early work: His actings and sitespecific installations did not leave objects, they are just documented in photographs. Yet both aspects, the site specificness and the acting have been remained the basis of his work. Two oft he works presented here, FOR A MOMENT and APERTURE, give instructions for crossing rooms; the work BUT WHERETO! addresses the concepts of walking and destination: The words cannot be deciphered unambiguously, the goal must remain open.

Light plays a central role in many of Striebel’s works. Without light there would be no art. In the history of painting illumination is of eminent importance, yet also sculpture is unthinkable without light and shade. Again and again Striebel confronts natural, warm daylight with man-made sources of light, in particular the most artificial and coldest light of our time, the neon tube.

The joyful part of the work of Bernhard C. Striebel: The artist not only asks many questions, he also gives answers – in his way, for our enrichment and pleasure.

Some of the works presented here are site specific installations. Insofar these works can just be viewed as sketches for almost identical works at another place. Or, and that is more likely, Bernhard will create a new work, that perfectly suits the space in question.

Biography

born 1953 in Laichingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg
studied at the Art Academy Stuttgart and the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
Master of Fine Arts at the Institute for Art in Context, Universität der Künste Berlin

lives and works in Berlin

Grants

1984 grant of the Art Foundation of Baden-Wuerttemberg
1985-86 DAAD graduates grant for Italy
1988 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff grant
1990 working grant, the Senator for Cultural Affairs, Berlin
1991 studio grant, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1994 German study center, Venice
2004 project grant, the Senator for Cultural Affairs, Berlin
2009 catalogue funding, Foundation Kunstfonds, Bonn

Solo Shows

1983 Pankehallen, Berlin
1986 Marginalia delle Forme d´Arte, Turin
1987, 1989 Galerie Vayhinger, Radolfzell (K)
1989 Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin (K)
1990 Galerie Conrads, Neuß
1991 Fleetinsel 71/72, Hamburg
1992 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (K)
Galerie Theuretzbacher, Wien
Galerie Vayhinger, Radolfzell (K)
1993 Galerie Theuretzbacher, Wien (K)
1994 Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin
1996 Galerie Theuretzbacher, Wien
Galerie Vayhinger, Radolfzell
1997 Galerie von Tempelhoff, Karlsruhe
Element, Berlin
2000, 2001, 2004 Galerie Quinque-Wessels, Berlin (K)
2004 Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin
2006 Mannheimer Kunstverein (Pl)
2008, 2009, 2010 März Galerie, Mannheim, Cube 4 x 4 x 4
2009 Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin
2010 Galerie 149, Bremerhaven
2012 Künstlerhaus Sootbörn
2013 Kunstverein Erlangen
2014 KunstRaum K25, Ulm; Verein für aktuelle Kunst / Ruhrgebiet e.V., Oberhausen

Group Shows

1986 Haus der Kunststiftung, Stuttgart (K)
1988 “W-ORTE”, Galerie der Künstler, München (K)
“vom alten Westen zum Kulturforum”, NGBK, Berlin (K)
1989 weltbekannt e.V., Hamburg (K)
1991 “Mit Fotografie”,  Galerie Conrads, Neuß
“The Artist´s Beautiful Language”, Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Stipendiaten, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (K); “Interferenzen”, Riga und St. Petersburg (K)
1993 Galerie Theuretzbacher, Wien (K)
1995 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Stipendiaten, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (K)
1998 “Le Futur du Passé”, Hameau du Lac, Sigean
1998-99 “Fleeting Portraits”, NGBK, Berlin (K)
2002 “Bildbetrachtung”, Galerie Quinque-Wessels, Berlin (K)
2006 Galerie für Konkrete Kunst, Potsdam; “Layout”, Art Forum Berlin,
2008 März Galerie, Mannheim, Projektraum 4
2010 Drei Positionen aktueller Farbmalerei, Berlin
2012 Art Karlsruhe, März Galerie, Mannheim
2013, 2014, 2015 März Galerie, Mannheim
2015 „Quersumme“, Mannheimer Kunstverein

 

Works