May 16 - June 17, 2012
MARC STRAUS is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by German artist Sven Kroner.
At first glance, the work of Sven Kroner may seem like a simple tribute to nature. Inspired by traditional landscape painters such as Jacob van Ruisdael and Caspar David Friedrich, Kroner lushly paints scenes of flora and fauna, while loose brush strokes haze the environments in moss greens and bright ochres.
Kroner draws subjects in part from his childhood in the forested Allgaeu Mountains in the south of Germany, and also from the imagined world in which Kroner alone inhabits. Never having seen, for example, an aerial view of a ship breaking icebergs, or surreal cavernous crop circles in remote desert locales, he paints from a pastiche of pop culture tropes, nostalgic musings, and idealized other-worlds.
While it is easy to place a moralized message on to the work of Sven Kroner, an artist whose works almost never feature humans and, in their stead, the relics of their destruction, that's not exactly his intention. By placing things in an unidentifiable land, and rendering the impossible with such meticulousness, he's more concerned with blurring the boundaries between truth and falsehood, and dissolving the essence of time and location.
Sven Kroner was born in 1973 in Kempten, Germany. In 2000, the artist graduated from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. His solo exhibitions include Sies + Höke Gallery - Düsseldorf (2011), Galerie Fons Welters - Amsterdam (2011) and Yvon Lambert - New York (2008). Museum exhibitions include the Zuiderzee Museum - Netherlands (2012) and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art - Peekskill, NY (2007). He lives and works in Düsseldorf.
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