Albert Janzen

Winner of the 2015 Luxembourg Art Prize

The opening of the 2015 Luxembourg Art Prize  nominees’ exhibition attracted nearly 1,300 visitors to the Galerie Hervé Lancelin over the course of the evening!

Albert Janzen
Winner of the 2015 Luxembourg Art Prize

Albert Janzen was born in 1989 in Sibirskij, Russia. He is 26. German by nationality, he lives in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The artists who inspire him include Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, Zao Wou-Ki and Antonio Murado.

He received a grant of €10,000 from Galerie Hervé Lancelin to produce an individual exhibition, which will be staged at the gallery in 2016.

I examine the fundamental aspects of images, i.e. line. Line is the most intuitive means of perceiving and understanding our environment. Recognising visual structures depends on the recognition of line. This dependence is due to the absolute simplicity of lines. They are so simple that nothing can be conceived of without them. Everything can be constructed with lines, but nothing constructs lines. The only candidate for a structure underlying line is the point. As points are important elements in my drawings, I consider them as fundamental in the same way. The extreme simplicity of line provides an independent aesthetic. It does not represent an idea, as it is constructed from nothing other than itself. To reveal its aesthetic power, line has to be its own system of reference. I draw lines not to construct something, but just to draw lines. The shapes and motifs that emerge in my drawings have no other intention than to reveal the movements of lines. Looking at my lines, one is confronted with an independent entity.

Albert Janzen

Untitled, 2015. Five black pens on a whiteboard (ephemeral work photographed before its destruction). Print on Forex. Single work. Edition 1/1. 150 x 200 cm

Galerie Hervé Lancelin gave the sum of €5,000, equivalent to the entry fees for the 2015 Luxembourg Art Prize, as cultural sponsorship for the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain, helping to fund the redevelopment project to mark its twentieth anniversary. Kevin Muhlen, Director of Casino Luxembourg, welcomed this action by the gallery.

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