Opening: Friday 20 September 2013, 20:00


Clemens Behr opens another impressive exhibition, this time in Cypress at Penindaplinena Gallery. The show titled “Disassembly Lines” showcases new work built for the exhibition. Clemens usually creates all work insitu creating a consistent parallel to his street work. This exhibition is another example of the evolving vision of the artist. Utilizing construction and building material Clemens creates his medium through the assembly of these materials. As the title suggests it is the disassembly of the work, and deconstruction that enables the artist to build again what is broken. This constant building and destroying is reoccurring characteristic of the artists work. It is through the texture of material and the juxtaposition of these elements that enable the work to penetrate the newness of the material. The glossy material used to build is destroyed to add a sense of contrast and allusion to the ephemeral nature of all things, even those the freshly made. We especially like the relief studies that reference cubist paintings, yet in a contemporary and 3d setting.



Duration: 20 September 2013 – 10 November 2013

Penindaplinena Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition by Clemens Behr entitled Disassembly Lines.
Clemens Behr was born in 1985 in the German city of Koblenz. He graduated in graphic design from the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, and he now lives and works in Berlin where he is also studying sculpture at the Udk, Berlin. His work can be defined somewhere between design and sculpture. It is also rooted somewhere between graffiti and street skateboard culture. Clemens Behr’s public work makes reference to an exploration of urban architecture, which holds main characteristics from both cultures. Reusing, claiming or just painting in a very playful way, Clemens Behr brings together the selected space of work along with the characteristics of the chosen materials. In conjunction with the temporary site-specific interventions, the show at Penindaplinena Gallery, will also present a number of durable objects and two-dimensional studies.

The working process of the work of German artist, Clemens Behr, mostly brings together a rough draft and a load of prepared parts that are eventually assembled into a “final product”. Like a simple paper or wood collage, or other basic building materials are taken apart and then rearranged into mostly abstract pieces, resembling three-dimesional paintings or even compositions in space. Most of the works are in situ installations, which describe given space in a deconstructive way. Single architectural parts, shapes, colors and surfaces are detached and then reassembled. Most of the times, this process works quite intuitively, prompting viewer and participants. The title “disassembly lines” refers to two schemes: on the one hand, building up of a collage-like product with interchangeable parts; and, on the other, an attempt to create the illusion of brokenness and destruction. The random yet aware construction of a geometrical destruction. This destructive way also comments quite often on the ephemeral part of his work. Most of the installations do not last longer than a couple of week, sometimes days or even hours. Until present, the documentation of his work is a main part of the product, whereby the perception of a voluminous work becomes crystalized in a cubist and flat composition of a background, and a created body of work whose layers continuously melt.