This is the first solo exhibition in the UK by the Swiss-American artist Stefan Behlau. The work in BANZAI, is a continuation of the processes seen in his last exhibition Gush and sees the artist take a more playful approach to his composing. Exploring a wider spectrum of sources, we find the artist deconstructing the research gathered over a period of months, stretching colours across his canvases to create a rhythmic topography that alternates areas of thick colour with thin barely discernible layers. The resulting cascades of vivid and sometimes pure colours radiate a stark and physical presence, created entirely from the paint’s response to minute variations in the texture of the canvas, the colours visible on the surface – a direct result of their fusion.
Stefan Behlau BANZAI Exhibition: 13th November–14th December 2015 PM/AM 259-269 Old Marylebone Road London NW1 5RA
About The Artist
Stefan Behlau (b. Zurich, Switzerland, 1979) lives and works in between Brussels and Santa Barbara, California. Behlau received his B.F.A from the Pratt Institute New York, in 2006. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions including Gush (Dittrich & Schlechtriem. Berlin, 2014) and Nova Color, (Niklas Schechinger Fine Art. Hamburg 2014). Group exhibitions include Figment 1, (Angstrom Gallery. Venice/California 2015); Poster Show, (Institut. Berlin 2014), Prints, Art Center Los Angeles; and Min, (Regina Rex. L.A. and New York 2010).
In November, Behlau presents the dual exhibition Good Morning, Hallo together with Dennis Loesch in his first institutional show at the G2 Kunsthalle in Leipzig (26th November 2015–26th February 2016).