Boris Tellegen


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Maybachstr. 155
50670 Köln

September 8 – 13

Boris Tellegen’s work is in collage, sculpture, drawings, videos and installations. It investigates the tension between planning and happenstance; the semblance of order undone by schematic chaos. Mankind is driven by an unshakeable faith in progress, where modern technology and constant growth leads us to a better world. His work explores a different outcome, where the automated forces unleashed develop structures and minds of their own. This fascination was formed in the eighties, when the urban street became his canvas as he started writing graffiti under the alias of ‘Delta.’ As such he became revered worldwide among his peers for his three dimensional lettering. He grew from experiences to look at and deal with the streets to a more reflective kind of work. He always treated the two dimensional frame of the letter and the word as sculpture, bursting out or morphing into the wall, piercing its boundaries by adding a dimension. The spray can medium has long since shifted towards objects on the wall, which now even literally annex the walls. If there is a recurrent theme in his body of work made over a thirty-year span, it is walls, and how to transcend their boundaries. It might breath the ghost of the old utopists and constructivists, but of a time where the rotting process of the concrete is clearly visible. His collages read as isometric industrial landscapes. By layering, cutting and chiseling he searches for change in scale and perspective. Pieces of paper get torn, glued and then torn again, and replicate beyond control, forming city scapes resembling fuming wastelands.