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Arvid Boecker

1964 Heidelberg, Germany

9 Works exhibited

Current location

Heidelberg

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography

Arvid Boecker is a German abstract painter whose work mobilizes the tensions and harmonies that exist between color relationships, textures, and the processes of time. He lives and works in Heidelberg, Germany.

Education

Boecker studied art history at the University of Trier from 1987-89, and studied at the University of Fine Arts Saar, Saarbrücken, from 1989-94. He has completed residencies at ACME Studios London, Katwijk aan Zee, NL, and Kilmuir, Isle of Skye, GB.

Technique

Boecker begins each new work by penciling in his composition. But the work ultimately is about the colors and layers that will evolve on the surface over time. He builds his paint up in a slow process, adding layers of color then partially removing them, allowing the echoes of erosion to remain visible in the final work. The screen printing squeegees he employs add their unique impressions to the surface, mixing the visual language of painting with that of printing. The gradual accumulation of pigment conveys a visual sense of depth, while also communicating a bittersweet emotional feeling that time is passing. The longer one stares at the surface, the further inward the mind may wander towards the underlying landscapes of color and light.

Inspiration

Boecker derives inspiration from opposing forces he perceives in the visual world. He brings out harmonies and tensions between light and dark hues, and between fields of unbroken color and worn down layers. He finds guidance for the next painting from the final state of his previous painting. The idea that his progressions unfolding in a series lets creative momentum build from one composition to the next. Through the comparisons he makes between each work and the last he comes to understand what makes each painting unique. He is also interested in cycles, gradual forces, and the pressures they exert. While constructing his images he is not frivolous, but rather thoughtful and repetitious, building and layering. This method is born of an appreciation for natural rhythms, and a desire to emulate the elemental aspects of nature.

Relevant Quotes

Professor Hans Gercke of the Academy of Fine Arts, Saarbrucken, Germany wrote about Boecker's work: “Boecker always takes a fresh approach to the painting process through the parameters of format, picture size, segmentation and surface structuring: through rhythm and layering; through the balance of rule and deviation, construction, impression and expression; through the horizontal and the vertical; and through the relationship of colour tones, light and dark, cold and warm; a truly inexhaustible subject that skirts redundancy, despite or perhaps because of Boecker's strict minimalistic stance and systematic approach.”

Exhibitions

Boecker has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions, including at White Cube Gallery, New York, Gallery p13, Heidelberg, ART Cologne, Factory 49, Sydney, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA, and Factory 49, Sydney.

Solo Exhibitions

2019

Museum St. Wendel

2018

Closer, Galerie Schmidt und Schütte Köln 

Watching paint dry, Kunstverein Brackenheim 

Galerie Grashey Konstanz 

Villa Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld 

2017

Behind the clouds, Galerie P13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, Heidelberg 

Better late than ugly , Galerie oqbo, Berlin 

Same Difference, RaumX, London 

ceaseless, Kunstraum Boeckercontemporary, Heidelberg 

2016

morning sun, Galerie Schütte, Essen 

Insomnia, Stout Projects, Brooklyn, New York 

On a clear Day, Factory 49, Sydney 

A good Day, +Punkt, Heidelberg 

2015

Surfaced from his dive, Galerie Ursula Grashey, Konstanz 

2014

Atmen, Villa Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld 

Dance*Dance*Dance, Galerie p13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, Heidelberg 

2012

Take your time, Städtische Galerie Neunkirchen 

Square colours, Galerie p13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, Heidelberg 

2011

Kunsthaus Frankenthal, Frankenthal 

Florida Green, Galerie Ursula Grashey, Konstanz 

Echo, Galerie p13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, Heidelberg 

2010

Alle Zeit der Welt, Villa Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld 

2009

Wundern, Galerie Ursula Grashey, Konstanz 

2008

Studio La Ciotat, Museum Schloss Fellenberg, Merzig 

2007

Galerie Veronika Kautsch, Michelstadt 

Studio La Ciotat, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover 

2006

Kilmuir Walk, Galerie Ursula Grashey, Konstanz 

art Karlsruhe, one-man-show, Galerie Ursula Grashey 

Kilmuir Walk, Villa Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld 

2005

Milch, Heidelberger Kunstverein 

Honig, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover 

2004

Rubin, Galerie Ursula Grashey, Konstanz 

2003

Tokyoumbra, Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken 

one-man-show, Art Frankfurt, Galerie Markus Nohn

2002

Orange, Galerie Markus Nohn, Frankfurt 

Galerie Wolfgang Exner, Wien 

2000 

blickdicht., Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover 

1999 

Kochfelder, Galerie Markus Nohn, Trier 

1998

Galerie Markus Nohn, Trier 

9 ¾x 12 ½, The White Cube Gallery, New York 

1997 

Galerie Ludwig, Krefeld 

25x32, Galerie Feiter & Drees, Hannover

1996 

Galerie Thieme + Pohl, Darmstadt 

unentwegt, Forum Kunst Rottweil 

1995 

Stadtmuseum Groß-Gerau
 

Group Exhibitions

2019

Black Box(es), Casino Luxemburg, Forum d'art contemporain, Luxemburg

2018

Forever young an smart, Villa Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld 

Große Kunstausstellung NRW, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 

Fears collapse inside, Projectspace Corridor, Dayton,USA 

Black Box(es), Künstlerhaus Saar, Saarbrücken 

Black Box(es), La 'S' Grand Atelier, Vielsalm Belgium 

Fiction, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 

Absolute, Boeckercontemporary, Heidelberg 

Verein für aktuelle Kunst/Ruhrgebiet, Oberhausen 

4ABSTRACT2NOT Quadrart-Dornbirn Galerie Erhard Witzel 

Paul Williams Gallery, Ontario, CA 

Slow Art, University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong 

Sydney Paris Sunrise, Galerie Abstract Project, Paris 

Destill, Artspace Track One, Nashville, Tennessee 

2017

Fiction, Apothecary Gallery Chattanooga, Tennessee 

Restatement, Kunstverein Brackenheim 

Saarart11, Landeskunstausstellung Saarland 

Fiction, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA 

Trans, Raygun Projects, Toowoomba, Australien 

RNPG Germany, Kunstraum e9a, Freiburg 

Black Box(es), Faux Mouvement, Centre d'art contemporain, Metz 

Fiction, Julian Jackson's Studio, Brooklyn, NY 

Nebukadnezar , Forum Kunst, Rottweil 

2016

Große Kunstausstellung NRW, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 

Windows, Pluspace, Coventry, GB 

Restatement, Galerie Schmidt und Schütte, Köln 

Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) v.2 , Corridor Projects, Dayton, Ohio 

Sandwiches, Cartel Artspace, Bangkok 

An einem Tisch – Zeitgenössische Positionen geometrischer Abstraktion, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover 

Fiction, Grady Gallery, Elgin Community College, Chicago 

Ramchandra Tulsian Art Gallery, Surat, Indien 

2015

Accrochage,Galerie p13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, Heidelberg 

Abstract Strategies, Galerie Mirta Demare, Rotterdam 

2013

Aus dem Depot, mpk, Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern 

Rembrandt Calling, Villa Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus Krefeld 

Landeskunstausstellung, Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken 

2012

Kunstverein Ellwangen 

Ein Fest, Saarländisches Künstlerhaus 

2011

Geheimnisvolle Zwischenwelten, Museum Pfalzgalerie 

2010

Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken 

Regionale, Wilhelm-Hack Museum Ludwigshafen 

Nebenwege, Städtische Galerie Neunkirchen 

2009

showtime, Temporäre Kunsthalle Weinheim 

2008

art Karlsruhe, ARTAX Kunsthandel 

Moderne Galerie, Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken 

2007

Tysk Samtisds Kunst, Galleri Tonne, Oslo 

Kunstbewegt, Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg, Neckarsulm 

Sammelsurium III, Forum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil 

kombiniert, Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern 

2006

Kunst Zürich, Galerie Robert Drees

2005

Vier Deutsche Maler, Galleri Tonne, Oslo 

Stripes-Lines-Colors, Galerie Wolfgang Exner, Wien 

Kunstverein Augsburg, mit Uwe Esser und Jürgen Jansen 

Tangenten, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken 

2004

Arte Fiera, Bologna, Galerie Robert Drees 

Amber Room Society, Künstlerhaus Dortmund 

Colors and Stripes, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover 

Kunst-Szene-Saar, Städtische Galerie Neunkirchen 

2003

Narrenspiegel, Forum Kunst, Rottweil 

Amber Room Society, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover 

Form und Struktur, Kunstverein Schloss Plön 

Kunstlos, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken 

2002

Art Frankfurt, Galerie Robert Drees 

Amber Room Society, Raum 1, Krefeld 

Überblick, Galerie Wolfgang Exner, Wien 

2001 

Honeymoon, Institut für aktuelle Kunst im Saarland, Saarlouis 

Walter Storms Galerie, München 

Am Grün fehlt es doch nicht, Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken 

Changer/Wechsel, Forum Vebikus, Schaffhausen, CH 

2000

Visionen, Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken 

WeltAusstellung, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal 

1999 

Art Frankfurt, Galerie Markus Nohn, Galerie Feiter & Drees 

1998

Art Frankfurt, Galerie Markus Nohn, Galerie Feiter & Drees 

Preis der Darmstädter Sezession, Darmstadt 

Zeichnung, Dominikanermuseum, Rottweil 

1997

Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, GB 

Große Kunstausstellung NRW, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 

1996 

Artifizielle Natur, Städtische Galerie Böblingen 

Flexible 2, Museum Tilburg, NL 

Art Cologne, Galerie Thieme + Pohl 

Große Kunstausstellung NRW, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 

1995

Work Art, Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart 

Kunstverein Villa Streccius, Landau 

Farbenheit, Saarländischer Künstlerbund, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken 

We are happy to serve you, Kunsthalle Barmen, Wuppertal 

Kunst-Szene-Saar, Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken 

Art Fairs

Art Cologne, Kunst Zürich, Art Karlsruhe, Art Fair Köln 

Art Frankfurt, Viennafair, Art Fair Düsseldorf

Arte Fiera Bologna, Kunst Wien, Art Bodensee

1995

Prozesse der Häutung, Stadtmuseum Gross-Gerau 

1996

unentwegt, Forum Kunst Rottweil 

1998

9 ¾x 12 ½, The White Cube Gallery, New York 

2000

blickdicht., Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover/ Galerie Markus Nohn,Trier 

2003

Tokyoumbra, Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken 

2005

Milch + Honig, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg 

2006

Kilmuir Walk, Villa Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld 

2007

Studio La Ciotat, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover 

2010

Alle Zeit der Welt, Villa Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld 

2012

Take your time, Städtische Galerie Neunkirchen 

2014

Dance*Dance*Dance, Galerie p13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, Heidelberg 

2016

Arvid Boecker, Landratsamt Rhein-Neckar-Kreis 

2018

Watching paint dry, Verein für aktuelle Kunst/Ruhrgebiet, Oberhausen

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