alban janson

solo exhibition | graphite + inkjune 24 - july 08, 2022The solo exhibition "Graphite and Ink" by Alban Janson took place in 2021 at the Spazioarte Gallery in Munich. It presented a selection of his works on paper, which are characterized by a particular delicacy and precision.

in the works with pencil or graphite on paper (2018 - 2022), at the beginning, a very uniform diffuse, increasingly dense texture of strokes emerges that does not represent anything. at best, one might think of a scattering of small particles, an atomization of matter, as in fog, dust or smoke, that fills the space of the picture surface, a kind of substance of spatiality. from their meaningless rustling, a mostly unexpected pictorial reality emerges only very gradually in the further processing, forms that appear unexpectedly in the irregularities of the structure and are finally clarified carefully, without lifting the texture of the strokes. in a few minutes, on the other hand, the ink drawings (2017) are placed spontaneously and very quickly on the sheet with the chinese ink brush. in many attempts, a very large number of sheets are created in this way, from which a few are selected as valid results.

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Alban Janson was born in Mainz in 1948 and studied architecture at the TH Darmstadt and the University of Karlsruhe between 1968 and 1974. From 1981 to 1984 he studied fine arts at the Staatl. Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule Frankfurt/M., among others with Thomas Bayrle and J. G. Geyger. Between 1974 and 1984 Janson worked as a research assistant at the University of Dortmund, as a planner in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and as a lecturer for free design at the FH Idstein. Since 1982, he has worked as a freelance artist, including painting, graphic design, sculpture, and film.From 1984 to 1994, Janson was a professor of design at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, and since 1984 he has been a freelance architect and urban planner, since 1988 in a joint office with Sophie Wolfrum. From 1994 to 2013 he held a professorship at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) or KIT and headed the Institute for Fundamentals of Design. Since 2013, he has a studio in Munich.Janson has a variety of exhibitions and publications, including solo exhibitions such as "Drawings" in Berlin in 2016 or "Painting and Drawings" in Hall 50, Munich, in 2019. He was also presented for the Int. Painting Biennale with his exhibition "Hydrogen" at the Museum Schloss Bergedorf in Hamburg in 2022.

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