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Tim Plamper was born in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany in 1982. He currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied Fine Arts at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design with Alexander Roob and then, from 2003 – 2009, at the University of East London with John Smith. Drawing represents Tim Plamper’s artistic focus and conceptual basis. On the basis of mainly representational drawings, in recent years he has come closer and closer to a more open and broad form of this art; hence drawing not only as a form of expression and depiction, but more and more comprehensively as a way to materialize feeling and thinking directly. For the artist, it is fundamental that the immanent mode of thinking about structures with the means of drawing also structurally determines the works produced alongside. In his artistic practice, he is particularly interested in the border zones and overlapping areas of different media fields and their mutual fertilization. The artist sees drawing as the connecting core competence, which forms the tool to act closer to the world and make a meaningful contribution directly to the material. Thus, drawing is not to be understood as the mere result of any thought process, but rather has the potential to be a form of cognition itself and at the same time its image. In his practice, his own body always plays an important role, and not only because drawing is, in fact, namely based directly on the subjective actions of the artist, but also because the motifs of his works are largely drawn from an inner, erotically charged pictorial world, one in which remembering, desiring and mysteriousness flow into one another. 

His works have been exhibited widely in both Germany and abroad. Among his recent exhibitions, we recall: Exit II (Prolog) (2019), Megamelange, Cologne; Reflection is a Wall (2019), Unttld Contemporary, Vienna; Not dark yet (2018), Kunsthaus Muerz, Muerzzuschlag, Austria; Zone (2017), Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris; L’œil du collectionneur (2016), Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art Strasbourg; Atlas (2016), Unttld Contemporary, Vienna; Hausbesetzung (2014), Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden.

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