Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler

Nick Oberthaler born in 1981, 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 /AT


2011     


Artist in Residence, WIELS Center for Contemporary Art, Bruxelles/BEL


2010     


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


2009     


Studio Grant BMUKK, ESAC Cesky Krumlov/CZE


2007     


Studio Grant BMUKK, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris/F


2006     


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


Solo exhibitions

2014
Calculated Reserve, Museo H.C. Andersen/Galleria nazionale d'arte moderna, curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto, Roma


Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam (with Dieuwke Spaans)


 


2013
Miart, solo presentation, Milan, IT


 


2012                 


Eventuality of an attempt, Kiosk Gallery, Ghent


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


Nick Oberthaler, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna


In an Expression of the InexpressibleWIELS Center for Contemporary Art/Project Space, Bruxelles


 


2011                 


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


 


2010     


LISTE 15, Basle/CH (with Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna)


 


2009     


Nothing Ever Happened, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam/NL


Der verlorene und wiedergefundene Himmel, Layr Wuestenhagen,Vienna


 


2006


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


Saufen bis zur Besinnlichkeit (with Daniel Megerle), Vienna


Group exhibitions

2014


The Blackbird must be flying, Centre d'Art Bastille, Grenoble
Ökonomie der Aufmerksamkeit, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
MANIFESTA, International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam
It Ain't Whatcha Write, It's The Way Atcha Write it, Manifesta Foundation in cooperation with Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam
Huize Frankendael, Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam


 


2013
Vers une hypothèse, CAC Fort du Bruissin, Francheville / XII Lyon Biennial (curated by Andrea Rodriguez Novoa) (FR)
De leur temps 4: Nantes, Centre d'art contemporain Le Hangar, Nantes
Die Sammlung #4, Belvedere/21 Haus, Vienna
Young Collectors, Maison Particulière, Brussels
Works on Paper, CCA/Center for Contemporary Art Andratx, Mallorca 



2012
Minimal Myth, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam/NL 
Le Prince des Rayons, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, BE
Behind the Light, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, PT 


Europe, the final Countdown, Zabriskie Point, Geneva


About Horizon, Galerie Vidal Cuglietta, Bruxelles/BEL


Goupshow curated by Jorge Pallarès, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon


Biennale de Belleville, Chalet de Belleville, Paris


CCA/Center for Contemporary Art Andratx, Mallorca


 


2011     


The Last Decade, Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitao/POR (curated byAlexandre Melo)


Control, Magazin 4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz/A


Wallpaperism, Motel Campo, Genève/CH


The Garden View, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest/RO


Living on the edge of a silver future, Galerie 5020, Salzburg


WYSIWYG, Rosenblum Collection, Paris, October 2011 (during FIAC Paris)


 


2010     


Both Ends Burning, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam/NL


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


Mallorca (with Carsten Fock), Galerie Eva Winkeler, Cologne/D


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


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


 


2009                


Burn Baby Burn, DUVE Berlin/D


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


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


 


2008


The Line is a lonely hunter, New Jerseyy, Basle/CH


Landscope (Part II), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg (curated by Matthieu Poirier)


Landscope, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/F (curated by Matthieu Poirier)


Taking Harbours, Les Galeries Bains-Douches, Marseille/F (curated by Marie Rotkopf)


Young at Heart (Remix), Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais/POR (curated by Alexandre Melo)


Manual CC 2 (mit  Julien Diehn), CSW Center for Contemporary Art Z. Ujazdowski, Warsaw/PL


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


 


2007     


Vacuum, CCC Centre de Création Contempraine, Tours/F


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


La Boum, Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna


Pollenflug, Art Cologne Soderschau, Köln/D (curated by Caroline Nathusius)


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

Belvedere, Vienna



Rosenblum Collection, Paris
Cabinet of Drawings and Prints, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna
Ellipse Foundation, Acoitao/Lisbon
Caldic Collection, Rotterdam
Pizzuti Colletion, Cincinnati