Achenbach Hagemeier

Chris Succo

born 1979, lives and works in Düsseldorf, DE

The multi-media works of the internationally represented artist Chris Succo are often based on music and highly individual references. Occasionally drawing on photographs, the minimalist structures of his canvases unfold pulsating rhythms. He repeatedly cites his own oeuvre which spans various media—objects, paintings, installations, and photographs—creating a tension between the individual works. 

"All of this further references the artist’s lifelong identification with, and participation in, the rock-and-roll community both in Germany, and in Los Angeles, where he has spent a considerable amount of time. Another example of how this feeds into the work is Succo’s installation of one painting on a sliding door between the first and secondroom of the gallery. This means that we encounter the back of this painting first, and must navigate it by physically moving it out of the way, showing how no object is singular and sacred in Succo’s artistic cosmology. Music, and the scene around it, is thus as much an influence on Succo’s work as the history of painting. This is perhaps especially evident in the feeling of Succo’s work generally, as well as in his approach to it, both making it in his studio and installing it in an exhibition space."
Alex Bacon, Chris Succo, Achenbach Hagemeier Düsseldorf, 2017

*1979 in Düsseldorf, lives and works In Düsseldorf, Germany

2003 – 2009

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany [Prof. Georg Herold]
2009 – 2010
Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom
2010 – 2012
Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom

(S) soloshow, (T) two-person show, (G) groupshow, (C) catalogue

Diversity for peace, Karuizawa New Art Museum at San Marco Square, Venice, Italy (G), (C) Painting Zeitgeist?, Achenbach Hagemeier Berlin, Berlin, Germany (G), (C)
Easy Rider, Salon Kennedy, Frankfurt, Germany (S)
Tennis Elbow, The Journal Gallery, New York, USA (S)

Works 2012 – 2017, Whitestone Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (S), (C) Chris Succo, Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong, China (S), (C)
Art Shenzhen, Whitestone Gallery, Shenzhen, China (G) Contemporary Instanbul, ALmine Rech Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (G) KIAF 2018, Whitestone Gallery, Seoul, Korea (G)

Chris Succo, Achenbach Hagemeier, Düsseldorf, Germany (S)
Skin N ́ Bones, Almine Rech Gallery, London, United Kingdom (S)
Painting Or Not, Hoff Collection | Kaviar Factory, Henningsvær, Norway (G) Drawing Island, The Journal Gallery, New York, USA, (G)

The Rules Of Attraction, Kunstverein Heppenheim, Germany (S), (C)
Anna- Bella Papp | Chris Succo, Curated By Maria Chiara Vallacchi, Cabinet, Milan, Italy (T) Steelwork, The Journal Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (S)
Painting, The Journal Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (S)
True Love Over Physics, Coma, Sydney, Australia (G)
What ́s Up 2.0, Curated By Lawrence Van Hagen, 94 Portland Place, London, United Kingdom (G)
The Ties That Bind, Achenbach Hagemeier, Wuppertal, Germany (G)
Cubit, New Release Gallery, New York, USA (G)

Drive, The Journal Gallery, New York, USA (S)
Language Of Elbow, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (S)

"Chris Succo (b. 1979 in Düsseldorf; lives and works in Düsseldorf) gained international recognition through the success of his White Paintings series, shown for the first time in 2013 in Geneva. Since then, his works have become extremely popular with both collectors and art lovers. Succo’s works are based on his constantly growing archive of photographs and drawings. The resulting paintings are abstract works, executed in oil on canvas, with black and white being the dominant colors. This book is the first publication of images summarizing his entire series of paintings, photographs, and sculptures, offering a comprehensive overview of the development of his work between 2007 and 2016. The work and installation views are supplemented with personal photographs from Succo’s archive. The archive images, which are predominantly from his studio and travels, provide indepth insight into the creative process of this versatile artist."
Distanz Verlag

Design: Kühle und Mozer
Photos: Achim Kukulies, Chris Succo
Publisher: Distanz Verlag