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Adrian Buschmann
Adrian Piper
Adrien Chevalley
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Alex Hubbard
Ali Kepenek
Amy Yao
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Bless Oscar Magnuson Mykita
Brock Enright
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Charlotte Herzig
Chris Succo
Christine De La Garenne
Christopher Füllemann
Dan Shaw-Town
Daniel Keller
Dave Mcdermott
David Adamo
David Hendren
Davide Balula
Debora Delmar Corp.
Duncan Malashock
Ed Fornieles
Emmy Skensved
Evan Gruzis
Frank Lloyd Wright
Fritz Köthe
Gabriel Lester
George Egerton-Warburton
Gilles Furtwängler
Grit Hachmeister
Guillaume Pilet
Haley Mellin
Halina Kliem
Hans Isaksson
Hayal Pozanti
Hunter Chamberlain
Iris Touliatou
Ivan Comas
Jala Wahid
James Howard
Jan Håfström
Jason Simon
Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville
Jean-Sébastien Grégoire
Jedediah Caesar
Jen Denike
Jens Einhorn
Jim Lee
John M Armleder
Jota Castro
Judith Braun
Julia Colavita
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
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Leonhard Hurzlmeier
Louisa Gagliardi
Lucas Jardin
Lucie Fontaine
Luke Barber-Smith
Manor Grunewald
Marc Bijl
Marcus Knupp
Margo Trushina
Marguerite Humeau
Marianne Vlaschits
Mark Titchner
Markus Amm
Marlene Stark
Matt Connors
Matthew Stone
Maximiliam Arnold
Mie Olise
Nathaniel Rackowe
Nazafarin Lotfi
Neil Beloufa
Nick Oberthaler
Nicolás Guagnini
Niels Sievers
Otto Piene
Paul Cowan
Pauline Beaudemont
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Petros Moris
Piotr Łakomy
Rainer Ganahl
Ramaya Tegegne
Richard Frater
Rindon Johnson
Robert Powell
Roman Liška
Sarah Oppenheimer
Sebastian Black
Sebastian Lloyd Rees
Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf
Shade Therét
Shana Moulton
Shezad Dawood
Sister Corita Kent
Torben Ribe
Ulrich Erben
Vera Kox
Wyatt Kahn
Ylva Ogland
Adam Chad Brody
Adrian Buschmann
Adrian Piper
Adrien Chevalley
Aids-3d
Alex Hubbard
Ali Kepenek
Amy Yao
BFFA3AE
Bless Oscar Magnuson Mykita
Brock Enright
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Charlotte Herzig
Chris Succo
Christine De La Garenne
Christopher Füllemann
Dan Shaw-Town
Daniel Keller
Dave Mcdermott
David Adamo
David Hendren
Davide Balula
Debora Delmar Corp.
Duncan Malashock
Ed Fornieles
Emmy Skensved
Evan Gruzis
Frank Lloyd Wright
Fritz Köthe
Gabriel Lester
George Egerton-Warburton
Gilles Furtwängler
Grit Hachmeister
Guillaume Pilet
Haley Mellin
Halina Kliem
Hans Isaksson
Hayal Pozanti
Hunter Chamberlain
Iris Touliatou
Ivan Comas
Jala Wahid
James Howard
Jan Håfström
Jason Simon
Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville
Jean-Sébastien Grégoire
Jedediah Caesar
Jen Denike
Jens Einhorn
Jim Lee
John M Armleder
Jota Castro
Judith Braun
Julia Colavita
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Langundtroia
Leonhard Hurzlmeier
Louisa Gagliardi
Lucas Jardin
Lucie Fontaine
Luke Barber-Smith
Manor Grunewald
Marc Bijl
Marcus Knupp
Margo Trushina
Marguerite Humeau
Marianne Vlaschits
Mark Titchner
Markus Amm
Marlene Stark
Matt Connors
Matthew Stone
Maximiliam Arnold
Mie Olise
Nathaniel Rackowe
Nazafarin Lotfi
Neil Beloufa
Nick Oberthaler
Nicolás Guagnini
Niels Sievers
Otto Piene
Paul Cowan
Pauline Beaudemont
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
Petros Moris
Piotr Łakomy
Rainer Ganahl
Ramaya Tegegne
Richard Frater
Rindon Johnson
Robert Powell
Roman Liška
Sarah Oppenheimer
Sebastian Black
Sebastian Lloyd Rees
Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf
Shade Therét
Shana Moulton
Shezad Dawood
Sister Corita Kent
Torben Ribe
Ulrich Erben
Vera Kox
Wyatt Kahn
Ylva Ogland
NIELS SIEVERS
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With the solo show *BOYS DON'T CRY*, DUVE Berlin introduces the young, German artist Niels Sievers (*1979). Sievers studied painting as a Meisterschüler of Jörg Immendorff at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from
2002 until 2008.
Referring to The Cure's famous song, the title of the show alludes to what the artist describes as, "a specific attitude, a certain rigidity towards oneself, which is expressed by the song". Like the music piece, Sievers motives capture a certain sensibility that can also be heard in the song 'Boys Don't Cry'; a romantic detachment and desire to dissociate from everyday life. In Siever's paintings, this sensibility stands in contrast to the sometimes naive, sometimes brute gestures of the crudely applied paint.
Nature is the central theme of Sievers work. His paintings record overwhelming and destructive atmospheres where dominant darkness is broken by glaring light. Lonesome snow houses floating across unstable ground, groups of trees threatening to collapse into each other, gloomy maritime paintings and rapid rides across deserted streets, are
all part of Sievers inventory, suggestive of conditions beyond human control.
Sievers work combine traditional and contemporary associations, resulting in a certain temporal vacuum - his paintings seem contemporary, yet peculiarly displaced. This is achieved, for instance by combining quotations and iconographies of popular music with romantic and expressionist themes - like in his "Lou" triptych - or by
counteracting the melancholic pretence of an imaginary content with rough textures and crude brush strokes.
The selected protagonists, animals such as wild pigs and foxes, represent a similar antagonism. These animals are not only familiar to us from traditional literary forms such as fairy tales or fables, but also as the lonesome heroes of the desolate suburbs of our cities, where nature slowly re-conquers urban space. These qualities lend Sievers images a reminiscent sentiment of youth, the state which oscillates between autistic loneliness, melancholy and progressive recklessness.
For this exhibition, the artist presents his paintings as part an installation which involved partial re-painting of the gallery walls and implementation of boxes formerly used as painting stands in his studio. Here, the convention of the gallery as a neutral exhibition space is subverted, using chance and spontaneity to create an atmosphere that reflect the emotional sense of his imagery. Worth mentioning is also Sievers interest in discarded objects such as old records, which he uses to carry image. The intention of such experiments is not an interest in recycling cultural contexts, but an exploration of specific material properties, in this case, light reflections that change according to the observers' movement through the room.