post-title Udo Nöger | present memories | galerie probst | 02.09.-01.12.2023

Udo Nöger | present memories | galerie probst | 02.09.-01.12.2023

Udo Nöger | present memories | galerie probst | 02.09.-01.12.2023

Udo Nöger | present memories | galerie probst | 02.09.-01.12.2023

until 01.12. | #3997ARTatBerlin | galerie probst presents from 2. September 2023 the exhibition „present memories” with works on paper & board paintings by the artist Udo Nöger.

The exhibition “Present Memories” reflects such a moment of the artist Udo Nöger. Here, his large-format panel paintings meet his current, as yet unpublished works on paper.

In the midst of his richly filled life, the artist, who originally comes from Westphalia and has been based in the USA for over 30 years, looks back and forward in equal measure – uniting past and present in his current works. Now the threads of decades of his creative work are brought together.

“All influences, all inspirations, all things, situations are reflected in my works on paper.”

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Udo Nöger, Paperworks, „present memories” 2023

For Nöger, paper is pure and unbiased. For him, the material lends a possibility of expression in its purest form and clarity.

Already in the early 1980s, at the age of 18, Udo discovered his directness and spontaneity when working with paper. In phases, the medium accompanied his art career again and again. The artist remembers works from 1986, which he presented at the time in an exhibition with the Delta Gallery, together with Jean Michel Basquiat. A catalogue from that time bears witness to the many elements that can be found in his works today.

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Udo Nöger, Paperworks, „present memories” 2023

Nöger’s current works on paper, which were created in Florida in the winter of 2022-23, were worked with charcoal, which, by its very nature, underlines his direct way of expression. Charcoal on paper reflects Udo Nöger’s urge to be spontaneous and honest.

“Every work has to be good from the beginning. Nothing is pushed back and forth, not much thought is given to it. Let everything come, let it go and implement it directly. That’s what it’s all about for me. That’s why I work with paper.”

All the figures, heads and various individual elements that can be seen in the current works have their origins in earlier drawings by Udo Nöger. His presented works on paper are thus symbolic of his rich fund of ideas collected over decades and thus reflective and pausing as a manifesting testimony of his work – honest, direct and profound. Perhaps the basis for a new beginning.

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Udo Nöger, panel paintings, exhibition “light as a material” at galerie probst, 2020

His presented monochrome white-in-white panel paintings and his high-contrast black-and-white paper works combine an incredible clarity through the non-presence of colourful paint and thus become a play of light and shadow. Thus the approximately 8 cm deep panel paintings, composed of wood, cloth, canvas, liquids and achromatic colour, glow mysteriously from within themselves and are just as impressive as the paper works, some of which are perforated and embossed, which play with the contrast of light and shadow in balanced proportions. The light source seems to be behind the object, creating a kind of silhouette.

With the exhibition “Present Memories”, the artist invites us to participate in his journey of artistic expression and self-reflection, and perhaps to ask ourselves the question: To what extent do my memories influence my present reality?

Udo Nöger (born 9 April 1961 in Enger, Westphalia) lives and works in the USA (California and Florida). From 1980-1983 he studied painting at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. He is regularly represented at major international art fairs. His works can be found in important private as well as public collections such as The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc.

Vernissage: Saturday, 2 September 2023, from noon to 8 pm. Guided tour of the exhibition with the gallerist at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Exhibition dates:Saturday, 2 September to Friday, 1 December 2023

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Image caption title: Udo Nöger, Paperworks, „present memories” 2023

Exhibition Udo Nöger – galerie probst | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin

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