Achenbach Hagemeier

Jan Pleitner

born 1984, studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Jan Pleitner has titled some of his serial works the Night and Space Paintings. Abstract forms expand like fluorescent lichens over the image substrate. The light-storing colors thematize darkness as a second reality, and thus the separation of the two cosmos as well as their simultaneity. 

The theme of darkness is reflected in the fluorescent paint used for the first time in some works, which gives the works their own cryptic presence, even at night. Two Milky Ways in a parallel universe. Through the light-storing paint, the component of darkness is addressed as a second reality, and with it the separation of the two worlds and their simultaneity. The paint is literally charged with energy, generating nocturnal activity comparable to the bioluminescence of microscopic creatures or the northern lights in the Arctic sky. However, even in daylight these neon colors have the effect of deepening the contrast, which suggests the opening up of optical spaces and then shatters them into separate layers. When looking at it, this visual manipulation has a particularly hypnotic effect: it is like looking into the eye of a typhoon.

*1984 in Oldenburg, Germany, lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany


2007 – 2010
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
Meisterschüler Tal R

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

Group Show (Art Cologne), Achenbach Hagemeier, Düsseldorf, Germany (G)
Jan Pleitner, Haverkampf Gallery, Berlin, Germany (S)
Señor, señor, do you know where we’re headin’?, Achenbach Hagemeier Berlin, Germany (G)

Who is the Sun?, Achenbach Hagemeier, Düsseldorf / Natalia Hug, Cologne, Germany (S), (C)
Could somebody please stop the time for a second?, Althuis Hofland Fine Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands (S)

Helios, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (S), (C)

EY I?, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin, Germany (S)
ragnarök, PARKHAUS im Malkastenpark, Düsseldorf, Germany (S)
Träum Weiter, Kunstverein Heppenheim, Germany (S), (C)
Die Rechte und die Linke Hand Für ein Halleluja, Achenbach Hagemeier, 
with Henning Strassburger, Wuppertal, Germany (T)
Nothing Is Real, Ornis A. Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (S)

The Bitter Fruits of the Jungle, MIER Gallery, Los Angeles Von Dann Bis Jetzt, Natalia Hug, Cologne, Germany (S)
Water for the Tribe, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (S)
Show Me Your Vital Parts, Parts Project, Den Haag She Might Be, Delmes & Zander, Cologne, Germany (G)

Dark Matter Matters, Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo, Japan (S)

Painting is No Business, Natalia Hug, Cologne, Germany (S)
[kaj`f], Kurhaus Dangast, Germany (S)
Doowylloh, with Lee Lozano, Ancient & Modern, London, United Kingdom (T)

Ein weiterer Stein aus der Wand, Stadtmuseum Oldenburg, Germany (S)
Blicke hinter den Himmeln, Treuhand Oldenburg, Kunstfoyer am Langenweg, Germany (S)

Die Grenzen der trunkenen Gärten, Projekt Skagen 12, Skagen, Denmark (S)

Why is the Question – Yes is the Answer, Avlskarl Fine Art Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (S)