– Permanent exhibition – Gannet Design, Heimisbach – Switzerland
– Preview – Fall 2022 – Studio h49, Mainz – Germany
– 02.April – 14.Mai 2022 – Buchhandlung&Kunst am Wall, Aurich – Deutschland
– December 2021 – Buchhandlung&Kunst am Wall, Aurich – Germany
Ulfert Janssen (1972) was born and raised in East Frisia, a region in north-west Germany.
From a young age, his time and love belonged to drawing, painting, and working with wood. The first furniture projects emerged early, followed by years of training in Switzerland and in Pasadena (USA) at the renowned Art Center College of Design, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. After working for many years as car designer for the Renault-Nissan group in Barcelona, Seoul, and Tokyo.
Ulfert now lives and works as a freelancer in Switzerland, designing motorcycles for businesses and individual enthusiasts while running his own studio “GANNET Design”.
The current focus of Ulfert Janssen’s work is the processing of IRON as artistic material. By exposing especially prepared metal plates to a combination of natural and artificially triggered processes of decay he creates metal canvases, extending the idea of a traditional canvas. This process leads to works of art on predominantly rusted surfaces combined with specific paints and protective varnishes.
Ulfert Janssen also repeatedly worked with WOOD throughout his years of apprenticeship and studies. This magnificent, archaic material of mother nature is transformed into a carrier of paintings, a wooden canvas, through preparation with tools such as a circular saw or milling machine, and with a flamethrower torch, exposing wood to the natural element of FIRE.
His explorative work with metal and wood has varying characters: Some of his methods help develop materials patiently over time, other methods are an immediate assault on the material. Common goal of all these artistic processes is the creation of lines and shapes, structures and atmospheres on the surface and in space. Some surfaces are expressive on their own, allowing the artist not to intervene at all or only gently, leaving them at peace, to speak for themselves. Other surfaces appear to be waiting for the artist to pick up their dynamic appearance, to echo their expression.
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