Bernard Foell

My Paper Sunglasses 2014

from: 01.01.1970

Bernard Foell’s career as a visual artist spans well over 30 years. Autodidact but widely educated and resourceful like few of his peers in bohemian Berlin, Foell was first active as actor and director in West Berlin’s anarchic super 8 film movement in the early 80′s, “a creative Berlin which to this day exerts its influence on German pop culture and beyond”.

Many artists of this time and place worked with any medium available, declaring themselves “Geniale Dilletanten” (ingenious dilettantes). This scene’s love of trash and disregard for distinctions between high and low culture is still apparent from Foell’s paintings.

After starting out in the early 1990′s with large psychedelic collage works, Foell has for the last twenty years been painting almost exclusively using stencils, long before Street-art made this technique trendy.

Often re-using imagery from the mass media, lowbrow sources, and pulp literature, Foell incorporates political and societal themes; decontextualizing and reworking these familiar memes and themes into unexpected, fresh juxtapositions that may place Foell in the tradition of “Metro Generation” artists who enjoy “talking back to the media” such as Richard Prince.

Bernard Foell has exhibited widely throughout Germany; in Vienna and Liverpool, and took part in the noted M.A.I.S exhibition series.

The artist is also active as curator, for instance of a series of Club-art shows at the Haus am Luetzowplatz and has independently curated and organized several group shows in Berlin.

Biography

1954 Born in Stuttgart

1961 – 1970 Klosterschule der Franziskaner in Schwäbisch-Gmünd

1971 – 1973 Study travels troughout Europa, works in literature

1974 Move to West-Berlin

1976 – 1981 Works as DJ in various locations

1982 – 1987 Active in experimental cinema, performances, co-founder of the Interfilm Festival, co-founder of the Super-8 film collective Best Boys Connection

1988 Fragment of the novel Choral und Abgesang, first collage works on cardboard

1990 First works on canvas

from 1991 Exhibitions throughout Germany

from 1998 active as curator for amongst others Haus am Luetzowplatz, Studiogalerie, various group shows

2000 Co-founder artist group Künstlergruppe 10.000, Berlin

2002 Scholarship Kriva Palanka, Macedonia

2001 Initiator of the ongoing 18 x 24 group exhibition series

Exhibitions:

My Paper Sunglasses, SomoS, 8-21.8.2014

Exhibition 7.1.2014 – 1.2.2014
Bernard Föll Painting Retrospective, SomoS

Erotik im Quadrat 12.10.2013 – 03.11.2013
Galerie Trinkkur, Bad Nauheim

Exhibition 19.10.2013 – 27.10.2013
Rule 34

2. Format €150 07.12.2012 – 18.01.2013
Galerie Rong, Berlin

Mesh 07.09.2012 – 29.09.2012
Galerie Rong, Berlin

a round about 29.06.2012 – 22.07.2012
Artraum, Berlin

Format €150 01.06.2012 – 10.06.2012
Artraumblock, Berlin

Zeitenwende 01.09.2011 – 21.10.2011
ARD Hauptstadtstudio, Berlin

Exhibition 26.11.2010 – 15.1.2011
Studio Brand, Berlin *

Einhundert Eröffnungen 04.11.2010 – 20.01.2011
südost Galerie, Berlin

3. Berlin Arttower 06.10.2010 – 10.10.2010
Alter Turm Kindl Brauerei, Berlin Neukölln

Kunstraum Richard Sorge/La Créche At Art Fair 05.10.2010 – 10.10.2010
7. Berliner Kunstsalon, Berlin

18 x 24 14.07.2010 – 31.07.2010
Kunstraum Richard Sorge, Berlin

48 Stunden Neukölln 25.06.2009 – 27.06.2010
Berlin-Neukölln

Kunstmesse/Art Fair 23.09.2009 – 27.09.2009
Berlin

Tanz in die Wirklichkeit 13.04.2007 – 26.04.2007
Prima Center Berlin

Auf den Marginalien 16.9.2005 – 9.10.2005
Eiswürfel Galerie, Kolonie Wedding, Berlin

Exhibition 12.02.2005 – 13.03.2005
privat galerie F, Bad Nauheim

Exhibition 15.02.2004 – 07.03.2004
Kunstraum Glück21, Schnittwerk, Berlin

M°A°I°S° V – Paradies 02.10.2003 – 09.11.2003
Unterirdischer Luftschutzbunker, Berlin Alexander Platz

Vegaz-Event Fritz-Fischer 10.02.2003
Universal, Berlin

London Biennale Pollinations Changing Channels 22.08.2003 – 07.09.2003
Berlin-Mitte und -Prenzlauer Berg

Global Fusion 21.02.2002 – 26.04.2002
Kunstraum Palais Porcia, Wien

Ausschnitte von Welt 15.08.2002 – 15.09.2002
Galerie F, Bad Nauheim

M°A°I°S° IV – Liverpool Biennial 13.09.2002 – 10.10.2002
LBK Building, 64 Duke Street, Liverpool

Format 27.01.2001 – 08.03.2001
Galerie “Gruppe 10.000“, Berlin

M°A°I°S° – Der Tod 22.04.2001 – 12.05.2001
Tiefbunker am Blochplatz, Berlin-Wedding

Schirmherrschaft – Künstler gestalten Sonnenschirme 16.06.2000 – 15.10.2000
Eisenstadt

Schöne neue Welt – Ein Tag mit Dr. Motte 14.11.1998
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Exhibition 12.03.1997 – 25.04.1997
Kunstverein Schering, Berlin

Exhibition 26.03.1995 – 20.04.1995
Rathaus, Emmendingen

Die Süßigkeit der sozialen Harmonie 1991
Galerie Loulou Lasard, Berlin