by Joas Nebe
One of a series of five abstract paintings completely free in terms of expression and color. Seemingly random strokes of the brush take the viewer into the world of inspiration and interpretation, revealing a completely non-accidental work – the effect of the moment, emotions experienced by the artist, which flow from the work to the viewer. These strokes are a form of expression and the artist’s inner journey. Every movement made by the artist with a brush is just as important in these works as painting shapes in figurative painting. His apparent carelessness is the result of a conscious or subconscious choice – whether to pull the brush vigorously or slowly, or to create a sharp or thick line, or to make a shape or not. After all, abstraction is the domain of concept making.
It is also worth paying attention to the color scheme, because it is, next to the way the works are painted, the most important component of the selected works. The selection of specific colors: blue, yellow, green, orange applies to all works selected by the curatorial team. The integration of these colors shows how they connect with each other, thus conveying to the viewers specific emotions related to them and their symbolism.
Abstract painting is extremely and widely respected because it uncovers feelings, gives spiritual meanings, and changes the atmosphere of rooms. It is what, paradoxically, is not visible on a daily basis, but what is, however, very close and human to us.
Joas – Sebastian Nebe is a Hamburg-born visual artist and curator, graduate in psychology and literature. His artistic achievements mainly include works in the field of video art and installations. However, he is no stranger to fine arts and NFT technology, which you can experience while watching the works we present.
Nebe’s works stand out in a global context because they are known all over the world. His series of Philosophical Cartoons short videos is part of the DIAF (Deutsches Institut für Animationsfilm) collection. Santiago Capriccio, a short epilogue to Philosophical Cartoons, was selected as one of 100 works by non-Chinese artists on the streets of Shanghai as part of the Intrude Art & Life 366 exhibition organized by Zendai MOMA in Shanghai in 2008. That same year, the film was also shown at the Edinburgh Art Festival. Another important work is Climate Change Cartoons, a collection of films devoted to the issue of global warming, presented at the Letters from the Sky exhibition, which accompanied the 2011 UN climate change conference in Durban in South Africa.
Joas Nebe’s video art works have also been shown at major video art festivals, including the 25th Les Instants Video Festival (Bibliotheca Alexandrina Art Center, Egypt) in 2012, multiple times at MADATAC (Madrid), VIDEOFORMERS in 2014, 2015 and 2021 (France), Art Video Installation in 2015 (Israel) and many more.
Unconventional abstract paintings shown below take viewers on a journey full of riddles and questions. Nebe challenges the viewers, draws them into his play of meanings and understatements. His works create a space for stimulating the creativity of recipients and transferring them the role of an artist. Artworks convey emotions hidden under the paint, as well as sensitize viewers to color and shape. Thanks to this, the viewers can discover the hidden world of meanings by making their own interpretations.
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