Ulrich Werner

b 1949 Lives and works in Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My images result from lines. I study form development phenomena  – stone formations, flowing water, plant forms. Additional inspiration comes from scientific sources (biology, neurology, astronomy). I draw but not in the direction of a realistic reproduction of the object. On the contrary, I am more interested in energetic potential, in processes and metamorphoses in zones of initial articulation. The forms appear but they could fade into the background again.
In technical terms, wax has become a significant component of my work. I mainly use Chinese rice paper for the work on paper, which becomes half transparent after being treated with beeswax and obtains a faintly shimmering surface. A second layer can shine through, but appears removed and adds a kind of second voice  to the “front” drawing. This second layer comments, questions and dissolves in the background.
Most of the images on a solid subsurface (wood, carton) are initially applied to a pigment dyed wax layer, which forms a characteristic relief-like top layer because of the flow caused by heating and thus also remains visible in subsequent work (scratching, paint application, drawing).
The theoretical background of the work is supplied by varied concepts, one focus being on Asian aesthetic. An example here is Francois Jullien’s “The Big Picture Has no Form”. Jullien postulates a work, “that in no way solidifies and maintains different or simultaneous potential forms, protecting itself from the anecdotal and proving its similarity without being similar in order to envision the availability of the background”. The starting point  for Jullien is the Chinese “logic of breathing”, a process comprising the movements of “taking” and “returning”. Given these circumstances, the image surface can also embody blank space or emptiness – an essential counter-image for the copiousness of appearances.

Vita

Education:
  • Graduated with degree in Slavic Studies and Political Science in Berlin, Germany employed initially as Research Assistant at Eastern European Institute of FU (Free University) Berlin translator for Russian to German texts (Pavel Florensky, Gennadij Aygi u.a.) Full time artist since 1987 Ulrich Werner lives and works in Berlin
Exhibitions:
  • 1989 Galerie Scanart, Berlin (ie)
  • 1990 Avantgarde Galerie Natan Fedorowski, Berlin (with Helmut Schmidt-Kriener)
  • 1992 Verein zur Kunstförderung, Darmstadt (ie) Galerie Scanart, Berlin (ie)
  • 1994 Kutscherhaus (Sammlung Stober), Berlin (with Michael Ramsden)
  • 1995/96 "These Eyes' World" - Gennadij Ajgis' Artistical Ambit", Manege, Moscow and National Museum Tsheboksary (Tshuwashia, Russian Federation)
  • 1999 Europe-House at Lake Baykal, Irkutsk (ie)
  • 2000 Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin (ie)
  • 2001 Johannes-Kirche, Bochum (ie)
  • 2002 Dmitryj Semenov Gallery, St.Petersburg, Russia
  • 2003 "25 Years K19", Villa Oppenheim, Berlin
  • 2004 "Gratwanderungen", Galerie Epikur, Wuppertal and Art Frankfurt multimedial performance with Joachim Gies and Ensemble X, Atelierhaus K19, Berlin
  • 2006 Artinstallation Ernst&Young, Eschborn
  • 2007 NordArt, Büdelsdorf Galerie Inga Kondeyne, Berlin (with Holger Walter) "Schwarzweiss", Gallery Kondeyne, Gallery Grob
  • 2008 Sampilov Museum of Arts, Ulan-Ude, Buryatia, Russian Federation (with Bernd Freiberg) "Hintergrund", National Museum Tsheboksary, Tshuwashia, Russian Federation (ie)
  • 2012 "Außenweg", Galerie Abakus, Berlin (ie) "Mnemosyne", picture installation for the debut performance of the composition of Joachim Gies, Villa Elisabeth, Berlin "Pure Art", Galerie Wedding
  • 2013 Lange Nacht der Gerichtshöfe (und folgende Jahre)
  • 2014 Anonyme Zeichner, Pavillion am Milchhof, Berlin
  • 2015 „Transitions. Vom langsamen Fließen der Bilder“, Galerie Artmark, Wien
  • 2016 „Transitions“ (II), Galerie Lattemann, Trautheim bei Darmstadt

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