Johannes Wohnseifer

Selected works by Johannes Wohnseifer

Johannes Wohnseifer
Braun Sugar

2004

Acrylic on stainless steel

140 x 100cm

Johannes Wohnseifer appropriates ready made cultural signifiers and reassembles them as invented logos. Both comically absurd and ideologically threatening, his paintings on aluminium infuse the frivolity of advertising with an underlying propaganda, subversive messages repackaged as high art design. Braun Sugar is a painting made specifically for a London audience: a witty merger of The Rolling Stones typeface with brand name German electric appliances infers an uncomfortable politic. Entrenched in the jargon of Pop, this painting makes a sly reference to a work by Richard Hamilton.

Johannes Wohnseifer
Landscape

2004

Acrylic on stainless steel

140 x 100cm

Johannes Wohnsiefer appropriates the cultural parlance of logo-ism into his own lexicon of conceptual art. Lying somewhere between text painting and ad-busting, Wohnseifer’s super-slick paintings allude to a corporate subversion, while they readjust the way art is read in contemporary media-influenced dialogue. In paintings such as Landscape, he plays on the traditional genre, stripping the image down to its minimalist signifiers of green and blue. Commodifying nature itself, he brands the sea and the sky with the jet-set slogans of global politics.

Johannes Wohnseifer
Behind the Stripes

2005

Acrylic on aluminium

140 x 100cm

Johannes Wohnseifer uses the language of consumerism as a means to sign-post personal identification within a contemporary zeitgeist. His slick designs suggest corporate culture, national identity and art history, re-mastering their aesthetic properties as coded conspiracy theories. In Behind the Stripes, Wohnseifer’s image makes ironic reference to conceptual painting. Appropriating the colours of Olt Aicher’s design scheme for the 1972 Munich Olympics, Wohnseifer infuses his logo with implied menace. Through the impersonality of media-style messaging, Wohnseifer draws autobiographical significance, citing the interrupted broadcast of the games as his earliest television memory.

Johannes Wohnseifer
Diamond (after 1B)

2005

Acrylic on aluminium

140 x 100cm

Johannes Wohnseifer’s Diamond is painted with comic mysticism: its corporate logo a meditative fixation, accompanied by a haiku-like slogan. Humorously playing on spiritualism as a by-product of global enterprise, Wohnseifer’s Diamond places advertising as the new religious art, extolling the virtues of faceless powers. Glossy, smooth and surface-perfect, this painting’s vacuous sentiment is replicated as echoing sublimity. Each work in this series has the same format: poster-sized paintings formalising subversive signs - themselves desirous commodities, loaded with philosophical meaning.

Johannes Wohnseifer
Untitled

2002

Acrylic on aluminium

140 x 100cm

In Untitled, Wohnseifer’s portrait shifts uncertainly between charming artistic sketch and police composite drawing. Labelled “Acquired directly from the artist”, Wohnseifer writes himself into the narrative as co-conspirator, idle bystander, trauma groupie. Through documenting the aesthetics of cultural anxiety, Wohnseifer’s media-style images become unwittingly self-validating.

Johannes Wohnseifer
Howard Hughes

2005

5 handmade puppets

100 x 20 x 10 cm

Johannes Wohnseifer presents the fictitious elements of an attempted assassination. Based on the story of the man who tried to kill president Ronald Reagan - John Hinckley – it presents him as pleading 'not guilty' based on the fact that he saw the movie 'Taxi Driver' by Martin Scorsese so many times that it was an 'Irresistible Impulse' for him to try to kill the president of the United States. With these works Johannes Wohnseifer is presenting the viewer with the links between real life and fiction in our culture, showing the influences that fictional and the real world have on each other and that very often the line between reality and fiction gets blurred in the process.

Johannes Wohnseifer
John W. Hinckley

2005

5 handmade puppets

100 x 20 x 10 cm
Johannes Wohnseifer
Ronald Reagan

2005

5 handmade puppets

100 x 20 x 10 cm
Johannes Wohnseifer
Jodi Foster

2005

5 handmade puppets

100 x 20 x 10 cm
Johannes Wohnseifer
Robert de Niro

2005

5 handmade puppets

100 x 20 x 10 cm

Johannes Wohnseifer's Biography

Johannes Wohnseifer
Born 1967 in Cologne
Lives and works in Cologne and Erftstadt



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
backyardoutdoorsculptureseries#4, Johann K├Ânig, Berlin
Memory & Desire, Galleri K, Oslo, Johann K├Ânig, Berlin, Art Brussels 2010
Bulletin Board Program, State University of New York, New York
K├╝nstlerb├╝cher, Stefan Schuelke Fine Books, Cologne

2009
10 Years of Painting (1999-2009), Galleri k, Oslo
Johann K├Ânig, Berlin

2008
The Hole World, Gisela Capitain, Cologne
The Thin Commandments, Sch├╝rmann, Berlin
EMPTINESS & VIOLENCE II, Casey Kaplan, New York

2007
Kleenex Mathematics, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver
Recent Sex/Love Works, Johann K├Ânig, Berlin

2006
Johannes Wohnseifer, Galleri K, Oslo
New Alphabet, Casey Kaplan, New York

2005
Enhance potential quality, Johann K├Ânig, Berlin
Some Black Diamonds, Yvon Lambert, Paris
Art Scope: 2004: Cityscape into Art, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Irresistible Impulse, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

2004
Johannes Wohnseifer, Nicolas Krupp, Basel
When the lights go down..., SEAD Gallery, Antwerp
Father & Son (Reconstruction of Birth), Casey Kaplan, New York
Connected Presence, Union Gallery, London (with Jeppe Hein)
Rheinschau, Cologne
Kapelle, Johann K├Ânig, Berlin

2003
Intervention, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
What has Bilderberg Twodo with Black Helicopters, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
Into The Light, Ludwig Forum, Aachen
HfG 53/03, Kunstverein, Ulm
La Mano de Dios, Trinitatiskirche, Cologne

2002
Ehemalige Reichsabtei (With Silke Schatz), Aachen-Kornelim├╝nster
Elimination of dialogue, Johann K├Ânig, Berlin

2001
Break Down Lounge, Lounge for Art K├Âln, Cologne
Force The World To Do Mistakes, Nicolas Krupp, Basel

2000
This Night Worldwide, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
F├Ârderpreis der Stadt K├Âln, Stapelhaus, Cologne
Der Stadtstreicher, 2 Centre d'Art Contemporain, Genf

1999
Museum, Projektraum, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

1998
Backworlds-Forwords, St├Ądtisches Museum Abteiberg, M├Ânchengladbach
Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein (with Monika Baer)
Der Stadtstreicher, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

1997
Psylocibyn Experience, Mus├ęe des Beaux Arts, Nice
Braunmusic live, K├Âlnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

1996
MOMAS, Guard Museum of Modern Art, Syros
10 Portraits, Bundesverkehrsministerium, Bonn

1995
Spindy b, K├╝nstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Spindy, neugerriemschneider, Cologne

1994
Grid Painting With Two Holes, Kunstverein Kippenberger im Museum Fridericianum, Kassel


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2010
about us, Johann K├Ânig, Berlin
REFLECTION: 15 YEARS, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York
Totem and Taboo. A matter of concern, Oratorio della Passione, Basilica Sant'Ambrogio, Milan
Neugierig?, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

2009
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York
cargo / cargo manifest / cargo vision, Autocenter, Berlin
cargo manifest, Bayrische Staatsoper, Munich
The Porn Identity. Expeditionen in die Dunkelzone, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
FAX, The Drawing Center, New York

2008
It's about sculpture, Haubrok Foundation, Berlin
Tractatus Logico-Catalogicus, VOX, Centre de l'image contemporaine, Montr├ęal
Ready made today, Steinle Contemporary, Munich
Political correct, BFAS, Genf
Dressing the Message, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
When a clock is seen from the side it no longer tells the time, Johann K├Ânig, Berlin
Vertrautes Terrain -Aktuelle Kunst in und ├╝ber Deutschland, ZKM, Karlsruhe
Zuordnungsprobleme, Johann K├Ânig, Berlin
Pop! goes the weasel, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

2007
Auto Emotion, The Power Plant, Toronto
Cosmic Dreams, Centre Cultural Andratx, Mallorca (curated by Friederike Nymphius)
Bodypoliticx, Witte de With, Rotterdam (curated by Florian Waldvogel)
Gesellschaftsbilder. Zeitgen├Âssische Malerei, Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg
Beneath the Underdog, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Conditions of display, The Moore Space, Miami (curated by Gean Moreno)
Bodycheck, 10th Triennial Kleinplastik, Fellbach (curated by Matthias Winzen)
Ironie der Objekte, Museion, Bozen
Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Re-Dis-Play, Kunstverein Heidelberg, Heidelberg

2006
All Our Tomorrows: The Culture of Camouflage, Kunstraum Universit├Ąt, L├╝neburg (curated by Shaheen Merali)
Schein Sein. Soziale Dimensionen des Glamour in der aktuellen Kunst, Spinnerei Halle 9, Leipzig
The Triumph of Painting, P
Personal Affairs - Neue Formen der Intimit├Ąt, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
Johannes Wohnseifer Eau Rouge, Krypta 182, Kunstverein Bergisch Gladbach, Bergisch Gladbach
Inaugural Exhibition, Johann K├Ânig, Berlin
PUBLIC FOLDER #2 - Fussball, Raum f├╝r Kunst und Musik, Cologne; Cuisine Digitale, Museumsquartier, Wien
Totalschaden, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
Mafia (Or One Unopened Packet of Cigarettes), Standard, Oslo
Faces, BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services, Genf
12 Hour Museum, AIT, Tokyo

2005
The Party (Gallery Artists Group Exhibition), Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York
Zur Vorstellung des Terrors: Die RAF-Ausstellung, Kunstwerke - KW, Berlin
Neue Galerie, Graz
Now's the time, Medienturm, Kunsthaus, Graz
Just do it!, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
Mythos RAF, Kunstwerke - KW, Berlin
Post Notes, ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
COOLHUNTERS Jugendkulturen zwischen Medien und Markt, St├Ądtische Galerie Karlsruhe; K├╝nstlerhaus Wien (curated by Prof. Dr. Birgit Richard & Prof. Dr. Klaus Neumann-Braun)
La nouvelle peinture Allemande, Carr├ę d'Art - Mus├ęe d'art contemporain, N├«mes
Three or four stories (Tres o Cuatro Historias), Galerie Helga de Alvear, Madrid
10 Foreign Artists, Galleri K, Oslo
And to stop you interfering, I shall have to dematerialize you again, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver
Superstars - Das Prinzip Prominenz, Kunsthalle, Wien
Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM - Museum f├╝r Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
The Addiction, Gagosian Gallery, Berlin

2004
SPEED UP, Sportmuseum Schweiz, Basel
CONSUM, talk┬┤n show, Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, Friedrichshafen
66-03 Neues in den Sammlungen Lafrenz und Reinking, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; RHEINSCHAU art cologne projects, Rheinforum, Cologne
The Changing Room, Mengenb├╝ro, Stirling
Sammlung Plum, Museum Kurhaus Kleve
Bookies, M29 Br├╝ckner-Richter, Cologne
Firewall, Ausstellungshalle f├╝r Zeitgen├Âssische Kunst, M├╝nster; W├╝rttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
Werke aus der Sammlung Boros, ZKM - Museum f├╝r Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe

2003
Hein Schellberg Wohnseifer, Schnittraum K├Âln
Autobiographie schreiben, Galerie f├╝r Zeitgen├Âssische Kunst, Leipzig
Precise Models, Remont, Belgrad
Hein, Schellberg, Wohnseifer, Schnitt Raum, K├Âln
Gibt's mich wirklich, Vier R├Ąume aus der Sammlung Sch├╝rmann K 21, D├╝sseldorf
Deutschemalereizweitausenddrei, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt

2002
Total ├ťberzogen, Edith-Russ-Haus f├╝r Medienkunst, Oldenburg
Solitudes, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris
The Moving Collection, Tokyo
Kunst nach Kunst, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen
Prophets of Boom, Kunsthalle, Baden Baden
No Return - Sammlung Haubrok, St├Ądtisches Museum Abteiberg, M├Ânchengladbach
Hell, neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Ars Viva 01/02 > Kunst und Design, Bless, Pro qm, Johannes Wohnseifer, Museum f├╝r Angewandte Kunst, Cologne; Neues Museum, Weimar; Neues Museum - Staatliches Museum f├╝r Kunst und Design, N├╝rnberg; Galerie f├╝r Zeitgen├Âssische Kunst, Leipzig

2001
Profiler, K├╝nstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
K├ÂlnSkulptur 3, Skulpturenpark, Cologne
Ars Viva 01/02, Museum f├╝r Angewandte Kunst, Cologne
Yokohama Triennale 2001
Cargo, Bagagehal, Amsterdam
Playstation D├╝sseldorf, Schauspielhaus, D├╝sseldorf
Musterkarte - Modelos De Pintura Alemana En El 2001, Galeria Heinrich Ehrhardt; Galeria Elba Benitez; Museo Municipal, Goethe Institut, Madrid
Videofilme von K├╝nstlern, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Wertwechsel, Museum f├╝r Angewandte Kunst, Cologne
Superman in Bed ? Kunst der Gegenwart und Fotografie, Sammlung Sch├╝rmann
Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund
Le Repubbliche dell'arte: Germania, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena

2000
Version_2000, Centre pour l'Image, Genf
K├Ârperertuechtigung, Galerie Fiebach Minninger, Cologne
Vier F├Ąuste f├╝r ein Halleluja, Khoury & Khoury, Cologne
Wider Bild Gegen Wart, NICC, Antwerpen; Raum aktueller Kunst, Martin Janda, Wien
3. Videofestival - Start Your Engines, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern
Viva Maria III, Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg
Deep Distance, Kunsthalle, Basel
Delay, Forum Stadtpark, Graz
Enter the Dragon, Cultural Production Company, Hong Kong
Sneakers, Museum f├╝r Design der 60er & 70er Jahre, Cologne
Art in the World 2000, Pont Alexandre III, Paris
Mengenb├╝ro II, Scuc Gallery, Lubljana
Nuit & Jour, Trafic, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-l├Ęs-Rouen
Combinazione!, Mus├ęe d'art Contemporain, Lyon

1999
German Open, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Wohin kein Auge reicht, Triennale der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
mode of art, Kunstverein f├╝r die Rheinlande und Westfalen, D├╝sseldorf
My name, Sammlung Falckenberg, Museum der bildenden K├╝nste, Leipzig Videos, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern
Freies Rheinland, Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid
German Open, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Ticker, Galerie Gebauer, Berlin
don't stop. filme f├╝r die neunziger, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt

1998
El Nino - Gebt mir das Sommerloch, St├Ądtisches Museum Abteiberg, M├Ânchengladbach
Mengenb├╝ro, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
Entropie zuhause, Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen
Herbert Fuchs, Dave Muller, Johannes Wohnseifer, MAK Center, Mackey House, Los Angeles
Fast Forward - Trade Marks, Kunstverein, Hamburg
Summary, Galerie Hoffmann & Senn, Wien
Someone else with my fingerprints, SK Stiftung Kultur, K├Âln; Kunstverein M├╝nchen; Kunsthaus Hamburg
Videofilme, Wien/Rheineck/Cologne/London/Genf, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern Summary, Galerie Hoffmann & Senn, Wien
Sammlerst├╝cke 1, Sammlung Sch├╝rmann, Kunstverein Langenhagen

1997
Erotika, Villa Arson, Nice
someone else with my fingerprints, David Zwirner Gallery, New York; Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Z├╝rich
One of you, Among you, With you, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid

1995
Smells Like Vinyl, Roger Merians Gallery, New York (curated by Sarah Seager & Thaddeus Strode)
Filmcuts, neugerriemschneider, Berlin