Purifications Tjorg Douglas Beer





Presented by Produzentengalerie, Hamburg

In Beers`s recent canvasses arrangements and sceneries develop from the process of painting. Beer mixes ink, marker, lacker, acrylic and oil paint and oil stick. By doing so figures appear from the transition of overlapping colours. These figures  are kept and then arranged in fragmented sceneries that could be landscapes, interiors or sculptures. Some of the canvas`areas are „blacked out“ by square surfaces of paint. Unfinished figures, squares and colour transitions lead to collage-alike paintings.

Panellinio Arma Politon (Nwad Nedlog) (2012) shows a group of children-sized ceramic figures. Some show a racist salute while pulling a shopping cart carrying another figure in a leather coat. The group represents some kind of a Bangladeshi fascist parade. An absurd scenario made in Greece for an exhibition during the peak of the crisis reflecting the political situation and the impressions in the streets of Athens. The children figures doing a fascist parade in a shopping cart that is typical for people from Bangladesh collecting metal, i.e.The title is a play of words. Panellinio Arma Politon is greek for armed chariot of the peoples movement while (Nwad Nedlog) is the name of the greek fascist party Golden Dawn written backwards. The work has recently been shown at Konsthall Varberg in Sweden.

Since 2010 Beer has spend half of his time in Greece. He has been working there with a syrian ceramist from Aleppo. Also the experience in Greece in an ongoing State of Emergency and the daily perception of Greece`s position on the edge towards the Middle-East have influenced his work.

Beer studied in Hamburg at Hochschule für Bildende Künste. Since then his work has been shown internationally in museums and galleries e.g. at Kunstverein Hamburg, Weserburg, Museum für Moderne Kunst Bremen, Project Space Kunsthalle Wien, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, Tate Modern, London, X-Initiative, New York, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Remap3+4 Athens, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, basedinberlin, Neue Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 21er Haus - Museum for Contemporary Art Vienna, Manifesta11 - European Biennale for Contemporary Art 2016, Socle du Monde Biennale 2017, Beer has had solo exhibitions e.g. at Kunsthaus Hamburg, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Institute for Modern Art Nuremberg, Contemporary Art Institute Sapporo, Arizona State University Art Museum, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

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