Björn Koop-Future Lines 2015-05-28 - 2015-06-27
Architectonics II
Acrylic on canvas, 70x90cm, 2014

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Die Stadt 2
Acrylic on canvas, 100x120cm, 2015

04

A City
Acrylic on canvas, 200x150cm, 2014

02

Die Zeitreise Nr.3
Acrylic on canvas, 100x120cm, 2015

05

Ivask
Acrylic on canvas, 2x [100x70cm], 2015

03

Architectonics
Acrylic on canvas, 200x150cm, 2014

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01

Architectonics II
Acrylic on canvas, 70x90cm, 2014

02

A City
Acrylic on canvas, 200x150cm, 2014

03

Ivask
Acrylic on canvas, 2x [100x70cm], 2015

04

Die Stadt 2
Acrylic on canvas, 100x120cm, 2015

05

Die Zeitreise Nr.3
Acrylic on canvas, 100x120cm, 2015

06

Architectonics
Acrylic on canvas, 200x150cm, 2014

Future Lines - Messages from Reality IV
28.05. - 27.06.2015
curated by Harry Liivrand

The multi talented Estonian Neopop artist and automobile designer Björn Koop was born 1982 in Valga in Estonia and is a graduate of the Estonian Art Academy in Tallinn.
Following further studies in Torino and Paris he was appointed to the KIA Design Center Europe in 2007. Koop has already exhibited in the Vaal Gallery in Tallinn (2012), Eltville am Rhein (2013), in the Estonian Embassy in Berlin (2014) and in the Heyne Kunst Fabrik Offenbach (2015).

Björn Koop uses a unique method to create his works; he constructs the pictures first with tape which he then paints over in acrylics, hence “Lines”. Motifs within are urban panoramas, abstract compositions, also cars, portions of automobiles, motorbikes and sexy women - the most traditional accompaniment to any car depiction. Colourful abstractionism meets futuristic Manga-art, Europe meets Asia. All of the pictures were created for the Berlin exhibition and the large scale urban panoramas and abstract motifs are in the middle of that new show.

Koop remarks that new locations always inspire him, and during a trip to Berlin a year ago he was taken to the Werkstattgalerie by Harry Liivrand, the Estonian Cultural Attache and art historian. This experience imbued his experience of Berlin with new depth and he began new pictures combining History and Future. “Just like Berlin, which along with its unique history showcases a highly modern outlook and trendsetting atmosphere.”

There are many motives in Koop’s pictures, but they all have one thing in common- their creation through (tape) Lines. The Lines weave through each other and become the art itself. The result? Sometimes a car, sometimes a cityscape or even a portrait. Koop gathers ideas while observing the rhythm and architecture of a location. He takes pleasure walking through the early morning city, and noticing perspectives sharpen. These strolls prompt him to consider composition, time and how light creates and changes forms. Koop deliberately seeks out the most important Lines for a picture.

Thanks to his passion for harmony and for geometric shapes, Koop spends a significant amount of time discovering how best to arrange these Lines. The aim is only to cover those areas which should be then filled with paint, white sections should remain empty. Just as in daily life, he cannot backtrack or correct once beginning. Every mistake leaves a story on the canvas. “Isn’t it just like life, an empty canvas we hope only to fill with Lines of which we can be proud?”

Harry Liivrand, curator and cultureattaché of the Republik of Estonia in Berlin

The exhibition is supported by the Estonian Culture Institut.

WERKSTATTGALERIE
Eisenacher Straße 6
D-10777 Berlin

Tel.+49.(0)30.689 10 349
info@werkstattgalerie.org


Björn Koop -Future Lines Opening May 28th 7 pm

Die Botschaft der Republik Estland
und die Werkstattgalerie Berlin
laden zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung

Björn Koop
Future Lines - Messages from Reality IV
29.05. – 27.06.2015

am Donnerstag, den 28. Mai um 19 Uhr in Anwesenheit des Künstlers

Grußwort:
Frau Dr. Kaja Tael
Botschafterin der Republik Estland in Berlin

Es spricht:
Harry Liivrand
Kurator und Kulturattaché der Republik Estland in Berlin


WERKSTATTGALERIE
Eisenacher Straße 6
D-10777 Berlin

www.werkstattgalerie.org
Tel.+49.(0)30.689 10 349
Di-Fr 12-19h, Sa 12-16h


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