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Ralf Tekaat
updated: 02/16/2014
website: www.ralftekaat.de
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
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Wing
Untersberg
Untersberg (detail 2 of 10)
Untersberg (detail 7 of 10)
Untersberg (detail 8 of 10)
Rock 5
Mask
Shelter
Flying Eye
Starrett
Fly like Superman (installationview)
Superman dawdles (detail of Fly like Superman)
Superman flies noble (but not fast)
Superman wonders about his birthday (detail of Fly like Superman)
Craft
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, technology, humor, language, obsessive, futuristic, narrative, urban, abstract
 
 
Wing by Ralf Tekaat
Wing
pencil on paper
2012
44" x  119" 
Untersberg  by Ralf Tekaat
Untersberg
pencil, coloured pencil on paper
2010
82" x  142" 
Untersberg (detail 2 of 10) by Ralf Tekaat
Untersberg (detail 2 of 10)
pencil, colored pencil on paper
2010
39,4" x  27,5" 
Untersberg (detail 7 of 10) by Ralf Tekaat
Untersberg (detail 7 of 10)
pencil, colored pencil on paper
2010
39,4" x  27,5" 
Untersberg (detail 8 of 10) by Ralf Tekaat
Untersberg (detail 8 of 10)
pencil, colored pencil on paper
2010
39,4" x  27,5" 
Rock 5 by Ralf Tekaat
Rock 5
pencil on paper
2010
62" x  43" 
Mask by Ralf Tekaat
Mask
pencil, colored pencil on paper
2005
18,7" x  13,8" 
Shelter by Ralf Tekaat
Shelter
pencil on paper
2008
27,5 " x  39,4 " 
Flying Eye by Ralf Tekaat
Flying Eye
pencil on paper
2007
39,4" x  82,4" 
Starrett by Ralf Tekaat
Starrett
pencil, colored pencil on paper
2008
69 " x  57 " 
Fly like Superman (installationview) by Ralf Tekaat
Fly like Superman (installationview)
mixed media
2004-2006
Dimensions variable
Superman dawdles (detail of Fly like Superman) by Ralf Tekaat
Superman dawdles (detail of Fly like Superman)
computer print or handwriting on the wall
2006
Dimensions variable
Superman flies noble (but not fast) by Ralf Tekaat
Superman flies noble (but not fast)
pencil, colored pencil on paper
2004
39,4" x  27,5" 
Superman wonders about his birthday (detail of Fly like Superman) by Ralf Tekaat
Superman wonders about his birthday (detail of Fly like Superman)
pencil on copy
2004
11,8" x  8,3" 
Craft by Ralf Tekaat
Craft
pencil on paper
2003
39,4" x  27,5" 

Artist Statement
Along with his installative works, drawings form a further central group of works, although the measurements of the paper often go well beyond the usual formats. His largest work measures 3 x 6 meters. Tekaat crosshatches enigmatic objects with pencil and colored crayon which often have a blocky and static character. These things have form and volume, but they do not betray real measurements or real weights. They create their own pictorial reality, lead a life of their own, and remain enigmatic and ambivalent. They are neither illustrations of familiar everyday occurrences, nor are they classic sculptors' drawings that await transformation into the third dimension. The things remain drawings and ideas.
His drawings are abstract enough to prevent direct legibility, and concrete enough to allow the viewer access at the illustrative level. Not the fleeting, filigree line is at the foreground, but the painterly and the sculptural. Areas sometimes seem hermetically sealed, sometimes lower-lying levels attain lucidity. A structure remains constantly recognizable. The drawings change their appearance depending on the light and the viewer's standpoint; the viewer is forced to move. The drawings approach the viewer laconically and humorously, nightmarishly and cheerfully, threateningly and playfully.
Tekaat skillfully plays with the viewer's associations. The drawing "Greencoat" recalls a bearskin, a hunting trophy, or a wall hanging. "Black Moby" simultaneously seems like a minimalist sculpture and a bunker, or is an indefinable creatures opening its mouth? A small white circle causes some irritation - is it the opening of a loop-hole, is it a tiny lens that moves into position and peers at the viewer, or is it the eye of Moby Dick, the legendary whale? The drawing entitled "Cattle" contains wide associative potentials: U-Boots, flying objects and poultry. That is the question, and who would want to risk an answer right now. Every drawing has many faces and tells many stories.

Artist Bio / CV

1970  born in Bobingen, Germany  
1992 – 1997  studying Visual Communications at the University Of Applied Sciences, Münster 1997 Diploma 1997 – 2002  studying Visual Arts at the University Of The Arts Bremen, Germany 2002  Diploma 2005 – 2008  lectureship at the University Of The Arts, Bremen
since 2005 lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Scolarships and awards
2008  annual scholarship given by the state of Lower-Saxony, 2007 artist in residence given by city Wertingen
2006 annual scholarship given by Kunstfonds, Bonn
2004  annual artist advancement given by Bremen
2003  Bremen Advancement Prize for the Visual Arts
2002  artist in residence given by the BBK Bremen in Point B, New York
2000  artist in residence given by City Wangerland, Germany
1998  OAS-Advencement Prize for Photography and Drawing
1996  artist in residence in artist house Ekely in Oslo, Norway (cat.)

solo exhibitions (selected)
2009 Above Us Only Sky, Kunstverein Cuxhaven, Germany (cat.)
2007 Unter Beobachtung, KunstfondsKunstraum, Bonn, Germany
  DALLAS und was erzähle ich meinen Kindern, Galerie Heiko Michael, Hannover, Germany
   Heimat, Städtische Galerie Wertingen
  Suedkurve, Kunstverein Bobingen (together with R. Osiander)
2006 Der Raketenmann - Ein deutscher Superheld, (cooperation with N. Bauer) Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany
2005  Malefiz - oder die Kunst einen symmetrischen Körper zu zeichnen, Städtische Galerie, Bremen(cat.)
2004  Searching for Thomas R. Pynchon, Stadtgalerie Kiel
2003  Deschraffiermaschine, Galerie im Park, Bremen (cat.)
2001  Wasserstoffbett – works on paper, Galerie Herold(cat.)

group exhibitions (selected)
2011 NO TIME, GAS-Station, Berlin (cat.)
2008 It's not Easy, Exit Art, New York
2007 Paulas Kinder, Kunsthalle Bremen (cat.)
2006 Heimspiel, Kunstverein Hannover (cat.)
  Kunstrasen, Stadtmuseum, Halle (Saale)(cat.)
2005  Nordwestkunstpreis, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven (cat.)
2002  Oboz 1, Zabrodje, Belorussia
 Heritage, La Friche, Marseille, France (cat.)
1999  Große Kunstausstellung, Düsseldorf (cat.)