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Sebastian Schrader

Questions of the real versus reality remain as polemical as they have ever been in art history and artistic realism. Sebastian Schrader is a painter who practices heightened forms of visual realism, while what is represented as his pictorial realisation (“that which makes us fully aware of a thing and its accomplishment”) is pursuant of an inner authenticity as to what he contends is “real”. The distinction between reality and the “real” is an important denominator within our modern consciousness. If reality is the state of things as immediate appearance, the denotative (indicative sign), the real as a “thing in the world” is a true and actual and thereby connotative—suggestive of ideas or feelings in addition to the denotative function and its visual meaning. In philosophy and psychology the “real” is an authentic, unchangeable truth, the noumenal as distinct from prevailing contingencies of immediate sense perception set by the material world. In visual art this is considered the central premise that grounds artistic and aesthetical life.

This is not to intimate spiritually motivated intentions to Schrader’s untitled black ground flower still life (“nature morte”) series of paintings. While the artist is fully aware of traditional ideas and connotations of momento mori and dark ground paintings common to the genre innovations of the Baroque Age, in this case there is no reference beyond that of the generic to particular historical works intended. In fact the artist would argue in principle that a painting is first of all a picture and nothing more. Yet the fact that these paintings have been painted through the last year of the COVID pandemic is, ironically, at least, something not lost on the artist. If not directly memorial they are nonetheless paintings that reveal a meticulous and metaphorical sense of heightened visual magnification and close optical scrutiny. And the fact that the paintings represent the desiccated fragments of former life (dry dead flowers) and lay upon a black tiled slab-like surface only enhances such intuitive questions of morbidity. When we consider his works of heavily draped, swathed or garbed masked figures (from 2019 and continued to date), we might also imagine them in retrospect to be prescient of recent similitude, the encumbered figures and visuals seen in the lockdowns and hospitalised medical situations seen daily in present times. Coincidentally, and notwithstanding the beautifully executed and scrutinised whites of the draperies, the swaddling and strapping (bandages), and the variously posed use of fabrics, the artist again problematizes for the viewer the dangers of over reading a pre-determinant meaning to his subject matter. At times there is a fragmented photomontage aspect to many of these paintings that breaks through the limited subject matter and asserts a painting to photograph polemic of visual reversal.

In the lockdowns of 2020, it is clear Schrader gravitated towards personal re-investigations of various historical genre expressed in his still life paintings and latterly occasioned small scale portraiture. While based on photography the portraits are of deceased artist celebrities. We might think of Gerhard Richter’s standardised earlier Venice portrait series of 1972, similarly, rather than stressing specific psychological insight, the artist has focused on the photographs in respect of the sitters seeming iconic sense of self-presentation or staged personae. Whence this returns us to where we began as to the core distinction between reality and the real. For in this mediated age of faux celebrity and fake news, reality has all but swamped the real. Iconic presentation as identity means reality is actuality simply as it exists, a form of assimilative perception. We take from these images with their striated and painterly abraded surfaces the portraits that now exist in our own psychical projection, self-generated constituent fragments of recognition shaped within the opaque memories of our own faulty consciousness.


© Mark Gisbourne, 2021


Film portrait (03:59 Min) Sebastian Schrader from "ttt": https://www.dw.com/de/junges-talent-sebastian-schrader/av-42371549

04-29-2021 – 07-10-2021 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

Sebastian Schrader

useless light

Sebastian Schrader, Untitled, 2021, oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm
Sebastian Schrader, Untitled, 2021, oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm
04-29-2021 – 07-10-2021 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

Sebastian Schrader

useless light

Questions of the real versus reality remain as polemical as they have ever been in art history and artistic realism. Sebastian Schrader is a painter who practices heightened forms of visual realism, while what is…

01-29-2021 – 02-10-2021 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Sebastian Schrader

»The Artist is Present«

exhibition view . Sebastian Schrader »The Artist is Present« 2021
exhibition view . Sebastian Schrader »The Artist is Present« 2021
01-29-2021 – 02-10-2021 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Sebastian Schrader

»The Artist is Present«

In his open series of small-format oil paintings, Sebastian Schrader takes on artists of the 20th century, all of whom are already inscribed in recent art history. The motivation to start this series may have been a…

04-28-2020 – 07-11-2020 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Hans AichingerClemens TremmelCarsten GoeringChristian HolzeSebastian NeebSebastian SchraderThomas SommerJames NizamClaus Georg Stabe

everchanging group show

»away from keyboard«
»away from keyboard«
04-28-2020 – 07-11-2020 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Hans AichingerClemens TremmelCarsten GoeringChristian HolzeSebastian NeebSebastian SchraderThomas SommerJames NizamClaus Georg Stabe

everchanging group show

Our group show »AFK« (Away From Keyboard) marks the time when art returns from virtual to physical space. It is an ever-changing exhibition with a varying and evolving artist participation. In this way, different…

09-06-2019 – 10-26-2019 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Sebastian Schrader

Disorder

09-06-2019 – 10-26-2019 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Sebastian Schrader

Disorder

In 1979, Joy Division released the album "Unknown Pleasures," which included the song "Disorder". Its unmistakable melancholic sound and the desperate voice of the singer, Ian Curtis, who tragically…

03-16-2018 – 04-14-2018 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

Sebastian Schrader

Blindgänger

»Blindgänger« exhibition view . REITER | Berlin prospect
»Blindgänger« exhibition view . REITER | Berlin prospect
03-16-2018 – 04-14-2018 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

Sebastian Schrader

Blindgänger

Sebastian Schrader's works are firmly set in the „in-between“ transition. This in-between phase is thematic as well as being the core style of the artist's trademark. The figures are captured in the before…

02-10-2017 – 04-08-2017 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

Sebastian Schrader

Waiting Room

exhibition view »Waiting Room« REITER | Berlin prospect
exhibition view »Waiting Room« REITER | Berlin prospect
02-10-2017 – 04-08-2017 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

Sebastian Schrader

Waiting Room

Painting from the transit area of life. Sebastian Schrader’s trademark is that his works are firmly set between „things“, thematically as well as painterly. The figures are caught in the before and after, painting…

09-13-2014 – 12-20-2014 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Sebastian Schrader

Happy Monday

Sebastian Schrader »Happy Monday« exhibition view
Sebastian Schrader »Happy Monday« exhibition view
09-13-2014 – 12-20-2014 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Sebastian Schrader

Happy Monday

„Schrader is a virtuoso with a lucid intention of lending forms. His pictures are directed towards the centre of the European painting tradition, the centre of thinking in colour, which the artist has declaredly…

CV

1978
born in Berlin
2006
diploma of painting, class of Prof. Werner Liebmann, Weissensee School of Art Berlin
2007
postgraduate studies (Meisterschüler) under supervision of Prof. Liebmann
Sebastian Schrader lives and works in Berlin.

publications

2014
»Happy Monday« monograph edited by Felix Robyns, Torsten Reiter. Gestalten Berlin
2013
»BERLIN WHAT? – 102 contemporary artists« edited by Uwe Neu, Oliver Thoben. Verlag Die Neue Sachlichkeit.
2011
»Vierunddreißig zu Kleist. Bilder und Blätter von 34 Künstlern zu Heinrich von Kleist« published by kunst projekte e.V., Kleist-Museum Frankfurt (Oder). Edition Timpani
2009
»Sebastian Schrader: Neuland« This catalogue appeared on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at Berlin Art Projects in January 2009, including an introduction written by Werner Liebmann.
2008
»The Upset - Young Contemporary Art« edited by Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann, Hendrik Hellige, Pedro Alonzo. Gestalten Berlin
2007

  1. Berliner Kunstsalon. Catalogue, edited by Edmund Piper and Eiko Sabela.

exhibitions (selection)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021
»useless light« REITER | Berlin prospect
»The artist is present« REITER | Leipzig
2019
»Disorder« REITER | Leipzig
»Januskopf« Kunstverein Eislingen
2018
Lippische Gesellschaft für Kunst e.V. Detmold Kunstverein Lippe . Schloss Detmold
»Blindgänger « R E I T E R | Berlin prospect
2017
»Waiting Room« R E I T E R Berlin prospect
2016
»Flickering Lights« Kultur Bahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf
2015
»Aufgeschoben« Kunstverein Mannheim
2014
»Happy Monday« maerzgalerie, Leipzig
2013
»Black Field« maerzgalerie, Berlin
2012
»telling time« mit Jorma Puranen. maerzgalerie, Leipzig
2010
»Sebastian Schrader - In Between« Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Trier
2009
»Sebastian Schrader - Neuland« Berlin Art Projects, Berlin
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021
»SPACES« KISS – Kunst im Schloss Untergröningen e.V.
2020
»AFK« REITER | Leipzig
2019
(Herbst) »Elfer Raus!« Kunstverein Mannheim
2018
»Fountain of Youth« Goethe Institut Lille . Galerie La Passerelle . Rouen . France
2017
»Der stinknormale Mann« Motorenhalle. Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst. Dresden
»Fountain of Youth« R E I T E R. Leipzig
2016
»In The Making« R E I T E R Berlin prospect
2015
»Personal Structures - Crossing Borders« im Rahmen der 56. Biennale di Venezia. European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Mora. Venedig, Italy
»ten of cups« maerzgalerie, Leipzig
»5544 unmöglich« maerzgalerie, Leipzig
2014
»salondergegenwart« Hamburg
»Transportrait« maerzgalerie, Leipzig
2013
»SEZZESSION« SEZ, Berlin
»showcase« maerzgalerie, Leipzig
2012
»Figuration Y?« Galerie Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris. France
2011
»Paradies« Galerie Wendt + Friedmann, Berlin
»Intro« mit Kai Klahre. maerzgalerie, Leipzig
»Montano‘s Malady« Galerie Favardin & Verneuil, Paris. France
»Sieben Räume - Sieben Maler« Kunstverein Ellwangen, Ellwangen
»Vierunddreißig zu Kleist« Kirche St. Marien, Frankfurt an der Oder
»Kunstaktien Ausstellung Uferhallen« Uferhallen, Berlin
»Verschwende Deine Jugend« Galerie Wendt + Friedmann, Berlin
»Shadows of the Bright« 5th Kunstkontakter Anniversary, Berlin
»Die ewigen Komparsen« Berlin Art Projects, Berlin
2010
»Heimspiel No 2. Künstler der Galerie und Gäste« Berlin Art Projects, Berlin
»Night of the Pawn. Duchamp und seine Erben / 40 Berliner Künstler und die Schacharithmetik« Werkschauhalle Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig
»Ausgewählt. Kunst im deutschen Pavillon EXPO 2010« Shanghai. China
»Berlin. We Are Alive!« Galerie Favardin & Verneuil, Paris. France
»Start up 2010 - Künstler der Galerie« Berlin Art Projects, Berlin
2009
»Heimspiel 09 - Künstler der Galerie« Berlin Art Projects, Berlin
»Out of Wedding« Uferhallen, Berlin

Awards/Scholarships

2015
Prize of the Mannheim Kunstverein Trustees
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Sebastian Schrader News

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