Robin Von Einsiedel: Chinatown


January 15 – February 21, 2015

Press Release

Galeria Nicodim is pleased to announce our exhibition with German artist Robin von Einsiedel with an opening reception on Thursday January 15th from 7-10pm.

With a view of a car park hitching a ride into his studio along with the sunlight, von Einsiedel distills elements of asphalt and graffiti to their frank material components: bitumen, the inky hydrocarbon sludge that when married to gravel creates paved roads--an early check mark on culture’s ascent to civilization--and spray paint, the favored medium of the displaced to record their own erasure. 

Chinatowns from Los Angeles to Antwerp to Dubai attest to a creeping homogeneity of contemporary cities, though on his expansive canvases these materials drip, drizzle, suspend, and splash to form an altogether more ethereal stew... comet tails, newborn stars, bulbous charcoal storms, and the odd sexy dribble. Sketchy outlines of half-remembered childhood cartoons and stubborn bits of history are also caught in this cosmic goop, with Yogi bear and Velázquez emerging from the gravid pastel vapor to flip and dance their part in his empyrean klonopin salad.

Robin von Einsiedel (b. 1988) lives and works in London. A recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, von Einsiedel’s first solo show ZOO KÖLN premiered at Bosse & Baume in London in 2014.