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ARTIST STATEMENT

My work examines the complexities and correlations of our environment, natural phenomena, and physical forces. It articulates allegorical relationships between some of the most significant contentions of our time: humans and nature, strength and fragility, and crisis and hope.

Painting is an emotional medium to me: I conceptualize rationality and make the analytical approachable by transcending science’s inherent sobriety into emotion and poetry. Through a process involving a range of different materials and techniques centered on painting as a primary medium, I often begin with raw canvases that are layered with pieces of paper and other material fragments, employing brushwork and collage methods to apply materials like graphite or soot, generating a source of energy and suspense through color and contrast.

My practice is based upon my appreciation for nature, along with a sense of wonder I experienced in museums and libraries when observing scientific sources and samples. Additionally, international residencies have afforded the opportunity to experience extraordinary natural phenomena. Influenced by these experiences, I feel like a researcher and perceive my studio as a laboratory.

For me, art and science are interlinked by the continuing search for a deeper understanding of the world. We share the awareness of our environment’s precarious imbalances caused by humans, to which I want to raise awareness by integrating scientific insights through a holistic, interdisciplinary approach.

My work is about the ability and strength of humankind, to preserve nature and fight for it, as the source of our precious livelihood.


ANGELIKA J. TROJNARSKI

Born 1979 in Mrągowo, Poland
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

EDUCATION

2013Meisterschülerin / Study with distinction from Prof. Andreas Gursky
2013Akademiebrief / Graduation
2006Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, class of Prof. Andreas Gursky,
Prof. Markus Lüpertz, and Prof. Jörg Immendorff
2005Visiting student, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf,
class of Prof. Herbert Brandl

GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

2022Publication grant by Kunststiftung NRW
2021NEUSTART KULTUR project grant by Deutscher Künstlerbund e.V.
2020Grant EXPORT for international projects by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW
Shortlist Landsberg-Preis, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Shortlist Kallmann-Preis, Kallmann-Museum Ismaning
CCA residency Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, ES
2018SÍM residency Reykjavik, IS
100W Corsicana residency, Texas, USA
2017Lepsien Art Foundation Grant Program, Düsseldorf
2016CentralTrak Residency and Grant Program, University of Dallas, US
2015CCA residency Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, ES
2013Grant by Bezirksregierung Münster for HC SVNT DRACONES
Nominated for art prize ‘junger westen‘, Recklinghausen
2011PSD Bank Grant, Düsseldorf
2010Lovells Grant, Düsseldorf
Mediaan Grant, Düsseldorf
2009Scholarship Kulturbahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf
Kö-Galerie Grant, Düsseldorf

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019Perfect Storm, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
2018Equinox, KunstHalle Cloppenburg
2017The Rising, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
The Rising, Julia Ritterskamp, Düsseldorf
S T U D E O, Rundstedt, Düsseldorf
2016MENSURA – Measuring the World, CentralTrak, Dallas, Texas, US
2015Verworfene Wahrheiten, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
2014Liaison, Frank Vits Collection, Düsseldorf
2013Das Fünfte Element, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
HC SVNT DRACONES, Neue Galerie Gladbeck
2012Fragen an die unbelebte Natur, Kunstverein Recklinghausen
Versuch zum Strahlengang, Kunstverein Xanten
2011Observation of Nature, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
2009After the Gold Rush, Kinsey/DesForges Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Scheiternhaufen, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Düsseldorf
2008Ricochet, Kinsey/DesForges Gallery, Los Angeles, US

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020How to Human, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
LichtBild, Orangerie Schloß Benrath, Düsseldorf
Spring 2020, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
2019As x as y, Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, PL
Biophilia, Kunst & Denker Contemporary, Düsseldorf
Raum-Orientierung, Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen
Die Große, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
2018Between the Lines, Kunsthaus Essen
Die Große, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
2017DAS ESSZIMMER goes Weltraum, Space for art, Basel, CH
Learning from big mistakes, Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York, US
2016Painting is a painting is a painting, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
201510 PICKS, CCA Kunsthalle Andratx, ES
First Flush, Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen
2014Hängengeblieben, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
EGO Editions, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
2013Kunstpreis ‚junger westen’, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Stille Wahrnehmung, KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf
2012Using Photography, Künstlerhaus Dortmund
Human Machine, with Bernd & Hilla Becher, Kunsthalle Darmstadt
Discussing Metamodernism, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
201165. Bergische Kunstausstellung, Kunstmuseum Solingen
Alles in ein Sackerl, Kulturdrogerie, Vienna, AT
2010Stockwerk Zwölf, Project with NRW Forum, Düsseldorf
The door opens up inwards, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
Exchange MUC-DUS, White Box e.V., Munich
2009All you can eat, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Düsseldorf
Museum Wiedenbrücker Schule, Rheda-Wiedenbrück
November, Villa Goecke, Krefeld
Saatchi Gallery Mess Café, London, UK
Kulturbahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf
2008Scope Basel, Saatchi Online artists show, Basel, CH
Valperga, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Düsseldorf
2007Klasse Immendorff – Von Pferden und Affen, Museum Ludwig, Koblenz
Nichts ist was wir wünschen alles, Museum, Lörrach

BIBLIOGRAPHY

ARTICLES

2021VAST art magazine, Feature in the print issue No. 2 with an additional online interview Extraordinary Phenomena of Nature, March, US
2020Die Poesie der Analyse, EVOLVE Magazin, Issue No. 26
Was die Welt im Innersten zusammenhält, KUNSTBAR Contemporary Art, 08/13/2020
20193 minutes : 3 questions : 3 answers, by PPPortrait
Amazonas-Edition, Westdeutsche Zeitung, 09/25/2019
Angelika J. Trojnarski in interview, For the Unconventional, Los Angeles, US, 09/01/2019
2018Angelika J. Trojnarski at Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, ARTFORUM International, US, Feb issue
2016Kugelblitz und Parabolschüssel, art Magazin, Dec issue
Science Meets Art, Dallas Morning News, US, 03/28/2016
No Escape with Angelika J. Trojnarski, Düsseldorf, renk. magazine, 10/10/2016
Ein Tag mit… Angelika J. Trojnarski, Düsseldorf, THE DORF, 05/01/2016
2015Kunsthochschulen zu Gast, KUNSTstoff, Das Bayer Kultur-Magazin, No. 29, 2015
2013Mit Leidenschaft die Blitze ableiten, TAZ Berlin, 11/21/2013
Die Kunst der stillen Wahrnehmung, Rheinische Post, 09/24/2013
Die Kraft der Ruhe, Der Westen, 09/20/2013
Die Künstlerin als Forscherin, Der Westen, 09/12/2013
2012Mensch Maschine, KUNSTFORUM, Band 216, page 290, 2012
Apokalyptische Reiter, Neue Frankfurter Presse, 05/18/2012
Newtons Energie-Gesetz auf der Leinwand, WAZ Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, 11/30/2012
2011Mit diesem Schiff stirbt die Welt, Berliner Zeitung, No 166, 2011
Angelika J. Trojnarski – Viele Realitäten, Biograph, September issue
2010The door opens inwards, Notes on metamodernism, 10/10/2010
Traumtänze, Tagesspiegel, 10/09/2010
Untergangsstimmung im Abenteuerland, Westdeutsche Zeitung, 08/19/2010
Radar, art Das Kunstmagazin, May issue, 2010

MONOGRAPHS

2017S T U D E O, texts by Isabelle v. Rundstedt and Darren Jones, Düsseldorf
2014Liaison, Frank Vits Collection, text by Gregor Jansen, Düsseldorf
2013Inquiring the inanimate nature, Kunstverein Recklinghausen
2011Observation of Nature, Galerie Tanja Wagner, text by Thomas W. Kuhn, Berlin

ARTIST BOOKS

2018UNIVERSELL, Lepsien Art Foundation, Düsseldorf & Luxemburg

CATALOGUES

2019Neue Galerie Gladbeck – REVIEW 2009-2018, texts by
Christoph Tannert and Thomas Hirsch, Gladbeck
2015First Flush, Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen
2014Hängengeblieben, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
2013Kunstpreis Junger Westen 2013, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
2012Rising – young artists to keep an eye on, daap media, Köln
201165. Bergische Kunstausstellung, Solingen
Die Große, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
2010Exchange, White Box, Munich
The door opens up inwards, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
STOCKWERK ZWÖLF, NRW Forum und GRIEGER, Düsseldorf
2007Nicht ist was wir wünschen alles, Museum Lörrach
Klasse Immendorff – Von Pferden und Affen, Museum Ludwig, Koblenz

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2019until today: project space Curated Affairs, Düsseldorf
2016Das Moment, Neue Galerie Gladbeck,
showing Franziska Holstein, Anne Neukamp, Anja Schwörer, Claudia Wieser
2015to 2017: project space TRABANTEN, Düsseldorf
2011project space ExPeZe Experimentierzelle, Düsseldorf