Benjamin Burkard

Germany 1986


Benjamin Burkard
Benjamin Burkard
May 13, 2017
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The particular focus on creating narratives of humans and machines formed the artistic practice of Benjamin Burkard and made him develop fantastical and eerie artworks. Although the artist is interested in the world after tomorrow, his agenda cannot be necessarily seen as a pessimistic one. It seems as if Burkard is questioning the stereotypical representation of apocalypse; the humans and machines on his paintings are somehow conjoined and as entities, they are dealing with the existential dilemma. Therefore, we come to the conclusion that the artist is trying to articulate rather complex philosophical issues in regards to our daily lives and digital era we live in.

karlsruhe sassen luzia köln and berlin kunst galerie showed Burkards works in 2014 and 2015
Benjamin Burkard – Mahr, 2016

The Artistic Development

Benjamin Burkard was born in 1986 in Kandel, Germany. He still studies art and biology at the University of Landau. Soon after, the artist received a Heinrich-von-Zügel-scholarship for painting from the university, so he continued painting in his own studio and decided to become a professional artist instead of a teacher. In 2016 he was honored with the Winner Fischer/Collegen art award and gained second place at Shortlist Phoenix Art Prize Top Ten, as well as several other awards.

The coloring and forms in service of surreal naratives

The artists impressive machine malerei was published in junge kunstpreis in 2010 2011 and 2012
Benjamin Burkard – Eisenflügler, 2017

Benjamin Burkard Machines Gone Amok

The artist tries to build personal his personal style by not referring to any particular other artist or art movement. Nevertheless, Jean Tinguely’s sculptural machines and kinetic objects fascinate Burkard very much and made him follow that path. The very selection of machines as dominant motives led the artist to create authentic visual language. By constantly inventing new mechanical constellations, Burkard acts as a visionary inventor, a creator of the fantastical, unseen and surreal.

The work of Benjamin Burkard can be affiliated with Futurism

Famous kunst galerie from berlin and köln organized several of Bukards exhibitions displaying machine series
Benjamin Burkard – Des Kaisers neuer Rotor, 2017

The Process

When it comes to the technical aspect, Benjamin Burkard decided to embrace mixed media to find a balance between abstraction and figuration. The artist mainly works with acrylic, oil, and varnish, and uses the old technique grisaille to form the figurative elements in his paintings. The first step in painting is the first layer, an informal analysis of the following figurative elements. Burkard spends much time for each work and as he states there are often some points where he does not know the answer of how to continue the started form, and so the painting has to rest or has to be damaged by paint until another form is visible.

The artist’s machine-paintings are progressive and refreshing

The artist showed his kunst in multitude of galerie and the printed press covered that
Benjamin Burkard – Bessessenheit nach, 2017

The Artistic Practice Of Benjamin Burkard

By fusing technical and biomorphic elements Burkard definitely produces futuristic narratives, but with a certain distance. Such an impression comes to mind if we look closely and think about his works further. The big mechanism depicted to not have any specific function, they are like hubs for human contemplation, sleep or perhaps enjoyment of any kind. Therefore, the irritating pictorial worlds of Benjamin Burkard are fascinatingly ambiguous, enigmatic and theatrically staged, but are always playful, extremely humorous and critical in the context of gradual loss of complex thinking.

Benjamin Burkard lives and works in Landau, Germany.

All images used are courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Luzia Sassen, Karlsruhe Solo
2017FourplayGalerie 30works, KölnSolo
2017Alte PostKölnGalerie Charity, WienSolo
2017Painting AffairsJunge Kunst, BerlinSolo
2017UntitledCollectors Club, BerlinSolo
2017Wortmalerei trifft MaschinenmalereiFörderverein WeinheimSolo
2016Art KarlsruheKarlsruheSolo
2016Junge Kunst im RuhrgebietGalerie alte Spedition, GladbeckGroup
2016UntitledGalerie Luzia Sassen, Köln Solo
2016NimmerlandArtelier21, Rheinzabern Solo
2016Young SelectionsStiftung Villa Königsfeld, BerlinGroup
2016Blooom converging showDieHO-Galerie, KölnGroup
2016UntitledGlaerie Hühsam, Frankfurt Group
2016Painting DelightJunge Kunst Berlin, BerlinGroup
2016Overbeck GesellschaftJunge Kunst Berlin, LübeckGroup
2016Untitled Fisher-collegen Kunstpreis, StuttgartGroup
2016Untitled Kunst Mitte, Förderkoje, MagdeburgGroup
2015ungewollte WunderArtgalerie am Schloss,
2015UntitledGalerie Sassen, Köln Solo
2015Untitled Galerie Thomas Hühsam, Frankfurt Solo
2015Untitled Stadtmuseum,Ludwigshafen Solo
2015NordARTKunstwerk Carlshütte, BüdelsdorfSolo
2015UntitledArt Imaginär,NeustadtGroup
2015UntitledAffordable Art Fair, Amsterdam Group
2014Worms Ausstellungsbeteiligung zum Kunstpreis Alzey-WormsSolo
2014Ausstellungsbeteiligung beim Item KunstpreisItem-Werk, Ulm Group
2014Apocalypse Now!Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern Solo
2014UntitledGalerie Alte Spedition,Gladbeck Solo
2014UntitledContemporary Art Ruhr, Essen Group
2014Untitled Art'pul Windeck, Windeck Group
2013Untitled Galerie Hühsam, Offenbach a.M. Group
2013Untitled25. Kunsttage Rhein-Erft,
2013NaturzustandVilla Böhm, Neustadt a.d.Weinstraße Group
2013UntitledKarlsruher lange Nacht der Museen, Karlsruhe Group
2013Artes MechanicaGalerie Artelier 21, Rheinzabern Group
2012NexusMoments Art Gallery, Neustadt Solo
2012Stadt Land MenschHumboldt Galerie, Viernheim Group
2012UntitledADJ Galleria, Tschchesztowa Group
2012Der mobile MenschGalerie altes Rathaus, Wörth Group
2012UntitledPfalzgalerie – Ausstellungsbeteiligung zum Pfalzpreis für Malerei, Kaiserslautern Group
2012UntitledGalerie Rehberg, Mannheim Group
2011Mobilität total
2011UntitledGalerie Melnikow, HeidelbergGroup
2011UntitledKünstlerhaus P142, BerlinGroup