Sebastiaan Bremer

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Sebastiaan Bremer
Born 27 June 1970
Amsterdam
Nationality Dutch
Known for Painting, Photography

Sebastiaan Bremer (born 27 June 1970 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch artist who lives and works in New York City.

Bremer turns photographs, found or snapped, of himself and his family into trippy, dusty memories that reveal the subconscious and the real world in one blink of an eye. He invents a poetic braille made up of text, personal symbols and ghostly shapes that, when integrated with their complex grounds, disappear again, buried in a sea of suspended dots. By slowly and laboriously painting on top of quickly taken snapshots, Bremer slows down time to render a hauntingly beautiful interior landscape.[1]

Work[edit]

Bremer attended the open studio program at the Vrije Academie in The Hague from 1989 until 1991.[2] During his early years he meticulously reproduced personal photographs in paint. He received the Werkbeurs Grant from FBKVB in the Netherlands and moved to New York in 1992 where he began to work primarily in black and white, reemphasizing his connection to photography. In 1994 he had his first solo show at Galerie Reisel, the Netherlands and began exhibiting in as well as curating group shows. He was assistant to several artists in New York, and worked on production for the photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin from 1996 until 2000.[2] In 1998 he produced Liza May Post's 'Trying' film and photograph. In that same year he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine where he began experimenting with murals, collage paintings, and began drawing directly on photographs, the style which he continues to use today.[2] In 1999 he finished his first large scale Ink on C-Print drawing entitled 10 AM-PM. In 2001 he had a solo debut, 'Veronica' at Roebling Hall, New York. His work is part of several important collections in the US and abroad, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, The MoMA, Zabludowicz Trust, the Rabobank collection and Lodeveans Contemporary LLP.

A new solo exhibition of his work opened May 2, 2008 in Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin. Currently he is working on a small edition of jewelry with Moritz Glik for Karen LaGatta editions, a commission for the Rabobank in the Netherlands and new works for various upcoming groupshows, as well as an upcoming soloshow at Mia Sundberg Galleri in Stockholm.[3]

Selected exhibitions[4][edit]

Solo Exhibitions

2008
Soloshow at Voltahalle, Hales Gallery, Basel

2008
Cold Turkey, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, DEU

2006
Kraaij, Hales Gallery, London, UK

2006
Sebastiaan Bremer, Roebling Hall, NY, NY, USA

2005
Sub Neblina Use Luz Baixa, Gemeente Museum,The Hague, NLD

2005
Galica, Milan, ITA

2004
Seething, Lying And Other Work, Satellite, NY, NY, USA

2004
Monkey, Air de Paris, Paris, FR

2003
Sebastiaan Bremer, 303 Gallery at White Box, Mari Spirito curator, NY, NY, USA

2003
Vanishing Point, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2003
You’ve Made Your Mother Cry, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, DEU

2002
Janus, Schaper Sundberg Gallery, Stockholm, SWE

2002
Sebastiaan Bremer, Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, BRA

2001
Veronica, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY,USA

2001
Hotel Lydmar, curated by Thomas Nordanstad, Stockholm, SWE

2000
Melanchromia, Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, BRA

1994
Sebastiaan Bremer, Gallery Reisel, Rotterdam, NLD

Group Exhibitions

2008
When it’s a photograph, curated by Soo Kim, Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2008
MULTIVERSE, curated by Pilar Tompkins, Claremont Museum of Art, CA, USA

2008
Your Documents Please, MAC-Itami, Japan

2008
Versions of Reality, curated by Lee Stoetzel, selections from the West Collection, NEXT, Chicago

2008
When it's a photograph,curated by Soo Kim, Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2008
Passed as present, York Art Gallery, York, UK

2007
Inaugural show, Mia Sundberg Galeri, Stockholm, SWE

2007
In het woud - op zoek naar betekenis, Armando Museum, Amersfoort, NLD

2007
Photoplus, curated by Lilly Wei, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, TX, USA

2007
Out of True, Byblos Gallery, Verona, ITA

2007
The End Begins, curated by Gil Hedley, selections from the Lodevans Collection, London, UK

2007
Unseen, Roebling Hall, Chelsea, NY, USA

2007
ICPNY Selections 2007, curated by James Siena, ICPNY, USA

2007
The Photograph as Canvas, curated by Stephen Maine, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA[5]

2006
Out of True, curated by Micaela Giovannotti & Joyce Korotkin, part of Art Basel Miami

2006
I Walk the Lines, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, DEU

2005
Stay Inside, Shoshanna Wayne Gallery, LA, USA

2004
Is One Thing Better Than Another? Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, DEU

2004
Pin-Up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing, Tate Modern, London, UK

2004
Sugar Hiccup, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, JPN

2004
Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity, PS1/MoMA, curated by Bob Nickas Queens, NY, USA

2004
Drawn/Quartered, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

2004
Off the Wall: Works from the JP Morgan Chase Collection, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, USA

2004
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2004
Home Extension, Albany University Museum, curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ, Albany, NY, USA

2003
Obsession, Galica, curated by L. M. Barbero, Milan, ITA

2003
Game Over, Grimm Rosenfeld Gallery, Munich, DEU

2003
The Ballroom Show, Gimm- Eis Gallery, Copenhagen, DNK

2003
Some Panoramas, Pump House Gallery, curated by Paul Hedge, London, UK

2003
The Photography Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum permanent collection, London, UK

2003
Ybakatu Gallery, Curitiba, BRA

2003
Far Away, So Close, Clare Weiss Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

2003
Group Show, Mia Sundberg Galleri, Stockholm, SWE

2003
Water, Water, Rotunda Gallery, curated by Lily Wei, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2002
Paris/Brooklyn, Filles du Calvaire, Paris, FRA

2002
Transformer II, Air de Paris, curated by Inez van Lamsweerde, Paris, FRA

2002
Quase Desenho, Adriana Penteado, São Paulo, BRA

2002
Recent Works, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2001
Fast Fwd: Miami, Roebling Hall, Miami, FL, US

2001
Song Poems, Cohen, Leslie & Brown, curated by Steven Hull, New York, NY, USA

2000
Figured Out, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY, US

2000
Groupshow, Bellwether Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

2000
Lightness, Marcello Marvelli Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

2000
Aspects of Contemporary Landscape, Marcello Marvelli Fine Arts, New York,NY, USA

2000
MeatMarket Art Fair, Roebling Hall, New York, NY, USA

2000
White, Nicolai Fine Arts, curated by Irina Popiashvili, New York, NY,USA

2000
3D, Zingmagazine, New York, NY, USA

2000
Polar Bear In A Snow Storm, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, USA

1999
Sebastiaan Bremer/Vince Szarek Gallery Untitled, Dallas, TX, USA

1999
The Stroke, Exit Art, curated by Shahzia Sikander, New York, NY, USA

1999
Blueprint, Spark Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1999
Anti –World, Gallery Untitled, curated by Marcos Rosales, Dallas, TX, USA

1998
Bank Holiday, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, USA

1998
Imagination Dead Imagine, Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1996
The Art Market, Gen Art, New York, NY, USA

1995
Thicket on the Lamb, Thicket Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1992
Protectors, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, NLD

Collections[edit]

His work is part of several important collections in the US and abroad,[citation needed] including the Victoria & Albert Museum, The MoMA,[6] Zabludowicz Trust, the Rabobank Collection and Lodeveans Contemporary LLP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Top Ten,” Inez Van Lamsweerde, Artforum, April 2001
  2. ^ a b c Monkey Brain, Sebastiaan Bremer, Thumm&Kolbe Verlag/Two Kings, 2004, pg. 40
  3. ^ http://www.sebastiaanbremer.com/news/
  4. ^ Avila, Sebastiaan Bremer, 99 Uitgevers/Publishers, 2006, pp. 110-111
  5. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1248/is_9_94/ai_n16807618
  6. ^ "Pin-Up: Contemporary Collage and Drawing, Tate Modern, London, 4 December 2004 – 30 January 2005," Clifford Lauson, Papers of Surrealism, Issue 3, Spring 2005

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