Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler was born in 1981 in Bad Ischl, Austria. He lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Draftsman who uses intriguing techniques. Though he likes to refer to his works as ‘drawings’, he also works with paint and ink, which he further combines with pasted-on fragments. He remains partial to paper as his “canvas”, due to its fragile quality. The marks that he makes on it are unalterable. The paper is sometimes damaged, and he likes to treat it roughly. Paper is a delicate surface that also enables the artist to create very understated pieces. He works with a variety of materials like ink and wax, pastel and gouache or watercolor, which create unpredictable effects and a tension on the paper’s surface.

In his compositions, Nick Oberthaler uses numerous media: photographs, photocopies of images found in books, magazines or on the internet… 

The finishings are uneven: either very final or very sketchy. He wants to continually maintain the mystery of the associations that he chooses, and the uncertainty about what he truly wishes to reveal. He insists on the ambiguity of images, letting the viewer’s gaze wander and decide which point of reference to focus on within the œuvre.

Awards

2014


Anton-Faistauer-Preis, Land Salzburg, Landesgalerie im Traklhaus, Austria


2011


Artist in Residence, WIELS Center for Contemporary Art, Bruxelles, Belgium


2010


Artist in Residence, CCA/Center for Contemporary Art Andratx, Mallorca, Spain


2009


Studio Grant BMUKK, ESAC Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic


2007


Studio Grant BMUKK, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, France


2006


Artist in Residence, CSW Center for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland


Solo exhibitions

2015


Pièce Dérivée, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria
Bianca d'Alessandro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


 


2014


Calculated Reserve, Museo H.C. Andersen/Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna, Rome, Italy


Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (with Dieuwke Spaans)


Centre d'art bastille/CAB, Grenoble, France (with Thomas Julier)


 


2013


Miart, solo presentation, Milan, Italy


 


2012


Eventuality of an Attempt, Kiosk Gallery, Ghent, Belgium


Nick Oberthaler, Point de fuite, Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Nick Oberthaler, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, Austria


In an Expression of the Inexpressible, WIELS Center for Contemporary Art/Project Space, Brussels, Belgium


 


2011


Zweifel und Gnade (Le doute et la grâce), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2010


LISTE 15, Basel, Switzerland (with Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna)


 


2009


Nothing Ever Happened, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Der verlorene und wiedergefundene Himmel, Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna, Austria


 


2006


Warsaw, Texas (with Julien Diehn), CSW Center for Contemporary Art Z. Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland


Saufen bis zur Besinnlichkeit (with Daniel Megerle), Vienna, Salzburg, Austria


Group exhibitions

2015


Granpalazzo, Palazzo Rospigliosi, Zagarolo, Rome, Italy


Une Nouvelle Verité, Chateau de Fernelmont, Fernelmont, Belgium


Nick Oberthaler & Dino Zrnec, Apoteka Space for Contemporary Art, Vodnajan/Digano, Croatia


Rideaux / Blinds, Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France


N A PRIS LES DÉS curated by Arlène Berceliot Courtin, Paris, France


 


2014


The Blackbird must be Flying, Centre d'Art Bastille, Grenoble, France


Ökonomie der Aufmerksamkeit, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Salzburg


MANIFESTA, International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


It Ain't Whatcha Write, It's The Way Atcha Write it, Manifesta Foundation in cooperation with Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Huize Frankendael, Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


 


2013


Vers une hypothèse, CAC Fort du Bruissin, Francheville / XII Lyon Biennial, France


De leur temps 4: Nantes, Centre d'art contemporain Le Hangar, Nantes, France


Die Sammlung #4, Belvedere/21 Haus, Vienna, Austria


Young Collectors, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium


Works on Paper, CCA/Center for Contemporary Art Andratx, Mallorca, Spain


 


2012


Minimal Myth, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Le Prince des Rayons, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, Belgium


Behind the Light, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal


Europe, The Final Countdown, Zabriskie Point, Geneva, Switzerland


About Horizon, Galerie Vidal Cuglietta, Bruxelles, Belgium


Goupshow curated by Jorge Pallarès, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal


Biennale de Belleville, Chalet de Belleville, Paris, France


CCA/Center for Contemporary Art Andratx, Mallorca, Spain


 


2011


The Last Decade, Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitao, Portugal


Control, Magazin 4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria


Wallpaperism, Motel Campo, Geneva, Switzerland


The Garden View, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest, Romania


Living on the edge of a SILVER FUTURE, Galerie 5020, Salzburg, Austria


WYSIWYG, Rosenblum Collection / FIAC 2011, Paris, France


 


2010


Both Ends Burning, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Groupshow (with Marcus Gundling, Isabelle Fein, Sabine Reitmaier), Berlin, Germany


Mallorca (with Carsten Fock), Galerie Eva Winkeler, Cologne, Germany


Mike, Alec or Rufus? (Tom, Dick or Harry), Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna, Austria


In passing 10 (with Christoph Meier und Ute Müller), Künstlerhauspassage, Vienna, Austria


 


2009


Burn Baby Burn, DUVE Berlin, Germany


The Last Session (curated by Jan van Woensel), Vlaams Cultuurhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Schnitzel, Schmiss und Wiener Auster (with Carsten Fock and Svenja Deininger), Vienna, Austria


 


2008


The Line is a LONELY Hunter, New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland


Landscope (Part II), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Landscope, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Taking Harbours, Les Galeries Bains-Douches, Marseille, France


Young at Heart (Remix), Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais, Portugal


Manual CC 2 (with Julien Diehn), CSW Center for Contemporary Art Z. Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland


Under the Pain of Death, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA


 


2007


Vacuum, CCC Centre de Création Contempraine, Tours, France


Manual CC 1 (with Julien Diehn), Galeria Kronika, Bytom, Poland


La Boum, Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna, Austria


Pollenflug, Art Cologne Soderschau, Köln, Germany


Bibliography

2014


Der onherkenbare horizon..., Lucette ter Borg in: NRC Handelsblad


 


2013


Drawing Quote! (Ed. Nick Oberthaler/Pigna Project Space, Rome)


 


2012


Schilderen en Tekenen als Installatie, Inge Braeckman in: (H)ART, p. 16 / March 2012


Neo-Malerei, Axel Wieder in: Spike Art Quaterly #31, p. 115 / March


Estádios da luz, Celso Martins in: EXPRESSO, p. 12 / 11.02.2012


Le doute et la grâce / Zweifel und Gnade, Essays by Joanna Fiduccia and Gallien Déjean (Ed. Nick Oberthaler, Marianne Rapegno, Alessandra Bellavita / Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac) ISBN # 2-910055-47-7


 


2011


Wallpaperism,  BOABOOKS Geneva (Ed. Nick Oberthaler, Motel Campo Genève)


 


2010


Flash Art International # 273, Interview with Joanna Fiduccia, p. 101 /  July - September 2010


Brightest in Show, Quinn Latimer in: Art in America International / 18.06.2010


Kunst als Bedingungselement von Raum, Walter Seidl, in: artmagazine.cc / 18.3.2010


 


2009


Im natürlichen Mittelpunkt, Markus Mittringer in: Der Standard / 10.5.2009


Zittrige Worte, vibrierende Linien, Anne-Kathrin Feßler in : Der Standard / 9.4.2009


Darin Zeit und Ewigkeit, Nina Schedlmayer in: artmagazine.cc / 9.4.2009


Gegen das Gähnende, Stefan Tasch in : The Gap #95 / 2009


QUART #13, Insert, Der Nebel liegt tief, Haymon Verlag/Circus, Innsbruck


Landscope, BLACK JACK Editions/Les Presses du Réel (Ed. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac/Matthieu Poirier), Paris


 


2007


Under the Pain of Death (Ed. ACF New York)


MANUAL CC, Galeria Kronika, Bytom (Ed. Sebastian Chichocki/University of Cracow)


What You See Is My Reflection, Used Future #36, Basle


EXKLUSIV Magazine, Insert, Warsaw, Nr. 12 /2007


A Waltz on the Wild Side, IdN Magazine Nr. 14/3, Hongkong/Sydney


ELEND, Jahrbuch des Verlags für moderne Kunst Nürnberg (Ed. Dominik Sittik / Frauke Boggasch)


Public and private collections

AUSTRIA


Belvedere, Vienna


Cabinet of Drawings and Prints, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna


 


FRANCE


Rosenblum Collection, Paris


 


THE NETHERLANDS


Caldic Collection, Rotterdam


 


PORTUGAL


Ellipse Foundation, Acoitao,Lisbon


 


USA


Pizzuti Colletion, Cincinnati, Ohio