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ABOUT

In Susi Gelb’s artistic cosmos, the boundaries between nature and technology, the organic and the artificial, are blurred and ultimately dissolved. The artist oscillates between the concepts of control and chance, merging algorithm, randomness, entropy and material agency, to create environments that lead a certain life of their own.

In the studio, Susi Gelb is something of an alchemist – testing materials, processes, new technologies, interactions. Outside she is highly aware of the context. This is how a sculpture may glow in the dark, with its embedded phosphorescence. And this is also how a palm tree grows impossibly in the middle of Odeonsplatz in Munich. Her multimedia installations modify the perception of space, physics, time. 

Susi Gelb (born 1985 in Bad Tölz, Germany) is based in Berlin, Germany. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 2014. She has been artist in residence Fogo Island Arts (Newfoundland, Canada), at w-o-l-k-e (Brussels, Belgium) and Malimage Monitor Center (Sri Lanka). She recently exhibited at Nir Altman (Munich, Germany), Like a little disaster (Polignano a Mare, Italy), der Stuhl (Seoul, South Korea), Museum Schloss Moyland (Bedburg-Hau, Germany), The Lighthouse (Zurich, Switzerland), and at Frieze London within the Curated Section (London, UK). In 2015 Susi Gelb founded the nomadic artist-run space easy!upstream in Munich, and has curated several exhibitions.

 



PRESS / TEXT

UNSEE, exhibition booklet, Jan 2024
Kubaparis: Unsee, Dec 2023
Bunte, Society, 28.12.2023
UNSEE, exhibition text, Nov 2023
Gallerytalk: Highlights der Liste Art Fair Basel, June 2023
1e9: Ein Dirigent mit neuem Orchester – Die Kuenstlerin Susi Gelb über ihre Kooperation mit Ki, Oktober 2022
Kubaparis: Loopzring, Oct 2022
Les Nouveaux Riches, Loopzring, Oct 2022
Loopzring Zurich Preview PDF, Oct 2022
Press Release for Loopzring Zurich 2022
Press Release for Frieze London 2021, Unworlding, Oct 2021
The Spectator: Paintings dominate – the good, the bad and the very ugly: Frieze London 2021 reviewed, Oct 23 2021
Another: An Orgiastic Carnival of Creativity: Frieze London Returns to the Capital, Oct 15 2021
Artnet: Frieze London’s Newest Section Seeks to ‘Deconstruct the World as We Know It.’ There’s Good Art There, Too, Oct 13 2021
Pressetext Museum Schloss Moyland: Wiedereröffnung der Beuys Etage, Oktober 2021
WDR, Wer war Joseph Beuys?, 12.Mai 2021
SZ Extra, Angst vor den Wutbürgern, 4. März 2021
Gallerytalk, Unsere allerliebsten Jahresgaben, 9. Dezember 2020
Tagesspiegel, Mehr Berlin: Leuchtendes Beispiel, 18. Juli 2020
Arte Fuse, Susi Gelbs user-defined landscape at Nir Altman, July 2020
Art Viewer, Susi Gelb at Nir Altman, July 2020
Daily Lazy, Susi Gelb at Nir Altman, July 2020
NXT A,  Interview: Wann hört die Natur auf, wann beginnt die Technologie, Juli 2020
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Eskalierende Geschmacksfrage, Juli 2020
Kubaparis, user-defined landscape, Juli 2020
Gallerytalk, Interview: Verflochtene Hierarchien, Juni 2020
Exhibition text by Dominikus Müller, user-defined landscape, May 2020 (EN)
Ausstellungstext von Dominikus Müller, user-defined landscape, Mai 2020 (DE)
Booklet zu user-defined landscape (DE)
Interview Madeleine Freund + SusiGelb (DE)
interview Madeleine Freund + SusiGelb (EN)
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Citrus North, November 2018
Kubaparis, Citrus North, November 2018
Gallerytalk, Französische Fabelwelt, Mythe en Place in Paris, April 2018
Kuba Paris, no such things grow here, August 2017
id vice, diese Künstlerin erschafft mitten in München …, Juli 26 2017
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wachstum für München, 22/23. Juli 2017
ZEIT Magazin, Die Spartanische, Mai 2017
Bild, München mediterran, 21. Juli 2017
Abendzeitung, Unter dem Pflaster liegt der Strand, 26. Juli 2017
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wie kommt denn die Palme auf den Odeonsplatz?, 22.Juli 2017
Gallerytalk.net, Albino-Schlange auf LED Screen, Juli 21 2017
UND Magazin, Dreimal Tropen, Juli 2017
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Münchner Feuilleton, Temporäre Tropen, Juli 21 2017
Ego FM, Radiointerview, Juli 2017
Superpaper, no such things grow here, Juli 2017
TZ, Huch, warum wächst da eine Palme?, Juli 20 2017
SZ Extra, Gut bebrüllt Löwe, 20. Juli 2017
HM, Susi Gelb von A bis Z, November 19 2017
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mehr als nur Dekor, 15. Januar 2017
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Begegnungen im Beton-Riff, 14. Oktober 2016
Selbstdarstellungssucht, Selfie 37, Januar 2016
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Gut vernetzt, 30. Dezember 2015
Reflektor M, On Munich Off … Easy!upstream, Oktober 27 2015
Süddeutsche Zeitung, der Künstler als Entrepreneur, 20. Mai 2014
ZEIT Studienführer, Die Bildhauerin, 2013
taz, Nichts ist weder gut noch böse, 28. Dezember 2012
Hallertauer Zeitung, Autos auf dem Dach wie hilflose Maikäfer, Juni 06 2010
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Am Anfang war die Farbe Gelb, Februar 2010
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Leuchtende Birnen, 19. Juni 2009
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Künstlerin mit Fernwirkung, März 31 2009


CV

Born 1985 in Germany

SG lives and works in Berlin.

In 2015 SG founded the nomadic artist-run space easy!upstream with fellow artists Niko Abramidis &NE and Quirin Brunnmeier.


Recent Prizes and Residencies
2019 Leif Rumke Price
2019 Residency, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
2018 Bavarian Art Award
2017 Residency at Malimage Monitor Center, Sri Lanka
2016 1st price, competition by invitation „public art Munich 2017“


Education
2008-2014 Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany, with Professor Magdalena Jetelová, Professor Olaf Metzel, Professor Julian Rosefeldt
Residencies in South Corea, Portugal, Belgium, Serbia, Kosovo, Georgia, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Turkey
2014 Master Student of Professor Olaf Metzel
2010-2014 Federal Grant for emerging artists, Cusanuswerk Bonn

From 2010 till 2013 SG ran the lecture series jour fixe at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and invited Ayse Erkmen, Mona Hatoum, Santiago Sierra, Monica Bonvicini, Bruce LaBruce, Daniel Buren, Wolfgang Tillmans, Hans Haacke and others.


Exhibitions

upcoming, 2024
solo Easy abyss, strobe, New York
duo Soft liquids, hard shells, Kunstraum Konrad, Puchberg

2023
duo Art Cologne, duo booth w. Josephine Baker with Nir Altman, Cologne,
solo Unsee, Nir Altman, Munich
duo Wanderer, der Stuhl, Seodaemun-Gu, Seoul
duo C, Marathokampos, Samos
solo Liste Art Fair Basel
group Control and Coincidence, Villa Grunewald, Berlin
group An insurmountable tension to the level of an incommensurability, Like a Little Disaster, Polignano a Mare

2022
group Jahresgaben Kunstverein München, Munich
group Backbord, Steuerbord, Empfangshalle Munich
solo LOOPZRING, Lighthouse, Zurich
group Kritamon Oracle, Marathokampos, Samos
group Amid Summer Night, Auction for Joan Jonas, Haus der Kunst, Munich
group 100 Jahre Joseph Beuys, Gegenüberstellungen, Museum Schloss Moyland

2021
group Jahresgaben Kunstverein München, Munich
duo booth at Artissima, Turin
solo booth at Frieze London
group 100 Jahre Joseph Beuys, Gegenüberstellungen, Museum Schloss Moyland
group Various Others, Nir Altman, Munich
solo T2051MCC, Set Design for the Climate Conference, Bellevue di Monaco, Munich

2020
group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München, Munich
group  TROST, Galerie der Künstler, Munich
group  transformative figures, Schaulager Basel
solo  user-defined landscape, Nir Altman, Munich
group  ground level, Berlin

2019
solo  49°, Long Studio, Fogo Island, Newfoundland
group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München
group  Disruptive Scenario, Z Common Ground, Munich
group  Inspiration Meisterwerk, Museum Villa Roth, Burgrieden-Roth
group  Imitations, Kunsthaus Raab, Munich

2018
duo  MYTHE EN PLACE, Cité Internationale, Paris
group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München, Munich
solo  fluidity device, escape hatch, New York
group  CITRUS NORTH (artist & curator), Schwabinger Tor, Munich
group  I shot Mercury to make this exhibition, Galerie Nir Altman, Munich

2017
solo  NO SUCH THINGS GROW HERE, public art project, Munich
group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München, Munich
group  PIN. Auction, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
group  3000 years Rhadamanthys Foundation, easy!upstream, Munich

2016
group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München, Munich
group  Spreez at Dash, Dash Gallery, Kortrijk
group  Coral North (artist & curator), Schwabinger Tor, Munich
group  Machinery (artist & curator)/ easy!upstream Munich
group  Hybrids, Curated by We Are Hercules, Agip Gas Station, Munich
group  Upstream!edition (artist & curator), easy!upstream Munich

2015
solo  field office, Menath Metal Museum, Puchheim
duo  full size original ∞ loading (with Gabi Blum), Kunstarkaden, Munich
group Art Unanchored, M.S. Stadt Wien, Vienna
group  It’s more like an elevator, Halle 12 Werkschau, Leipzig
group  Animal Friends, RSTR4, Munich
group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München, Munich
group  Idle upgrade illusion, easy!upstream Munich

2014
duo  night yellow, w-o-l-k-e, Brussels
duo  results, easy II, Headegg, Munich
solo  unspaced measures, AdBK, Munich
group  Infame Esilio, studio5, Berlin

2013
solo  Enzyklopädie von S bis G, curated by Felix Gaudlitz, Knust x Kunz, Munich
group  Quarterly Statement, easy!upstream, Munich
group  Take the manet and run, AdBK, Munich
group  II:NA-EN-DE-NA-EN-DE-NA-WIDA:II, Schaustelle, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
group  I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel, Volkshaus Basel

2012
group  Doublings, Curated by Gregor Schneider, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin
duo  ESC, Galerija FLU, Belgrade
group  Underworld, Galerie f5,6, Munich

2011
group  Noordkaap EU Tour, Istanbul
group  Jetklasse Tbilisi, Tiflis

2010
solo Pullout, Space Hamilton, Seoul
group  Jetklasse Seoul, Space Hamilton and Gallery27, Seoul
group  Kunst und Klima, Munich Re Insurance, Munich
group  Zimmer frei, Hotel Mariandl, Munich
group  art goes green, Praterinsel Munich
group  Goldenes Dorf, Ruhr.2010, Recklinghausen
group  Kunstmeile Mainburg,  Mainburg
group  Hermetisch Zwart, Eergiehuis Dordrecht

2009
group  Jetklasse Lisboa, Fábrica do Braço de Prata, Lisbon
group  invasion occupation transformation, Norwich
duo Meine Projektion ist größer heller und schneller als deine, Akademiegalerie, Munich

2008
group  Tirana Munich – so near so far, Lothringer 13, Munich

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