"PIECES" BORIS TELLEGEN Solo Exhibition
Backslash is delighted to announce Pieces, the gallery's third solo exhibition of work by Dutch artist Boris Tellegen. With its strong architectural influence, his work takes several forms, including paper collages and bronze sculptures.
Following the same principle as his solo show at MIMA in Brussels (until 28 May), Boris Tellegen has chosen to populate the entire gallery space with installations and sculptures. Like a monolith, a large unpolished bronze sculpture seems to dominate the whole exhibition. This frozen giant with its severe lines also appears in a different, more intimately-sized version. It brings to mind, among other works, the piece the artist has just installed at the Gare du Midi in Brussels, commissioned by the city in an ironic nod to his past as a graffiti artist with a fondness for trains.
A large module, like a contemporary version of a Renaissance cabinet, and a series of paper collages, an artistic form that perfectly embodies Boris Tellegen's work, welcome the viewer. The different-sized collages underscore the artist's mastery and the control he exerts over these surrealist architectural forms. Described by the artist himself as ‘isometric industrial landscapes', they express a labyrinthine vision of the future. They are panoramas, their lines and colours created on a computer beforehand, that give off a frenetic energy transcended by the 3D perspective.
The exhibition also includes a projected video that retraces the lettering Boris Tellegen famously applied to trains between 2014 and 2017. Worldwide known under the pseudonym Delta, his famous 3D letters created a revolution in the 1990s graffiti world.
After studying industrial design engineering at Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), Boris Tellegen began his urban work at a very young age. He quickly established an international reputation in fields as diverse as music, fashion, architecture and contemporary art. He was soon exhibiting his work worldwide, in galleries (Seattle, Tokyo and London) and then museums, including the Fondation Cartier in Paris (2009), Kunstraum in Basel (2011), Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2013-2014), Amsterdam Museum (2015), Venice Biennale (2015) and Les Abattoirs–FRAC Midi-Pyrénées in Toulouse (2016).