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Bram Braam

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*1980 Sittard, Netherlands
1998–2003 Communication and Design, Sint Lucas, Boxtel, Netherlands
2005–2009 AKV St. Joost, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Den Bosch, Netherlands
   
  Lives and works in Berlin

Grants / Scholarships

2021 Working grant Mondriaan Fonds, Netherlands
2020 Neustart Kultur Stiftung Kunstfonds
2019 Rising Star Residency, Till Richter Museum
2016 Working grant for proven talent
2014 Arbeitsstipendium Kulturverwaltung des Berliner Senat
  Artist in residence Sea Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands
2013 HomeBase project, Berlin
  BBK studio programm

Solo exhibitions

2023 Resonance', Frank Taal Galerie Rotterdam, NL
  How to Fix a Broken Line, Galerie Burster, Berlin
2021 Word's can't tell, Galerie Burster, Berlin
2020 Traces, Galerie Burster, Karlsruhe
2019 Metro, Galerie Burster, Berlin
  What Becomes and What Remains, Till Richter Museum
2017 Cacoafabriek, Helmond, Netherlands
2016 Welcome to the real world, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  Modern Mutants, Galerie Burster, Berlin
2014 City of tomorrow, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2012 Next Nature, Kaleidoskop Galerie, Berlin

Group exhibitions

2023 In-Between Order and Disorder, Galería Artnueve, Murcia
  ARCHIPELAGO, Base-Alpha Gallery, Antwerp – Borgerhout
  Mixed Media #2, Projektraum studio. Hamburg
  No Distinction, Rocket Gallery, London, UK
  New Dutch Minimalism, Kelderman en van Noort, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  Art Rotterdam, Netherlands
2022 Post Vandalism, Omni Gallery, London, UK
  Eating vegan sandwiches on the train while listening to country music, L21 Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  Elb/Hängung #1, Villa am Elbhang, Hamburg
  Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  Mixed Media, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
  OOO [Out of Office], Berlin
  Environmental, Laura Mars Galerie, Berlin
  NL XX NL, PRJCTLA, Los Angeles, USA
  Convergence, Projektraum 145, Berlin
  Lage Egal Curatorial Projects, On the Road, Berlin
  Catch 22, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2021 Environmental Abstraction, Galerie Roger Katwijk, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  Nothing's gonna change my world?, gr_und, Berlin
  Outside installation Art Rotterdam, Global activism, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  Skulpturale Malerei, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne
  New Neighbours, Galerie Burster, Berlin
  Out of Home - Wings for Freedom, Cultural Space Instituto Cervantes, São Paulo, Brasil
2020 NAK, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
  10 plus, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  Mirrors of time, Kasteel d'Aspremont-Lynden, Oud Rekem, Belgium
  Clash Valencia-Berlin, Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia, Spain
  Cold turkey, GLUE Werktage, Berlin
2019 How to fix a broken line, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
  L'artiste et les commissaires, Lage Egal, Berlin
  JULE, LFN Galerie, Leipzig
  KUNST BAU, Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg
  Torrence Art Museum, DXIX Projects, Los Angeles, USA
  On destruction and preservation, Balzer Projects, Basel, Switzerland
  Rhizome, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2018 Bottom Up, Berlin Art Week, Kühlhaus
  Contemporary Contemplations, Kunsthaus Erfurt
2017 Nieuw Amsterdam, Marisa Newman Projects, New York, USA
  Imago Mundi Dutch Collection, Benetton Foundation, Treviso, Italy
2016 POWER - PLAY, Schau Fenster, Berlin
2015 Self Storage - Another Space, Copenhagen Art Week, Denmark
  language & art, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2014 Kopstukken, House with the heads, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2013 Saatchi Screen, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2012 Kreuzberg Pavillon Kassel 100 Days Documenta, Kassel
  Inside-out, Front-Stage Gallery, Shanghai, China
2011 Open Source Expo, Incubate Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands

A search for the raw traces to be found in our urban environment - a landscape dominated by architecture - are the points of departure for the work of Dutch artist Bram Braam. This search manifests itself in a sculptural and poetic representation of materiality and decay. Architectural landscapes are by their very nature subject to change, they are built for the purpose of humankind to live, work and play and, at the same time, it is this use that causes transformation alongside the influences of nature, destruction and decay. The sculptural works of Bram Braam are a reference to this eternal cycle and the transformation process of this materiality from its creation to its death. 

In his work, the artist plays with the tension that can be found in the blurring line between reality and abstraction, which unfolds in a balanced spectacle of our everyday built environment - from ruins to new modern architectural buildings. His wall reliefs and sculptures contain industrial materials such as concrete, bricks, wood, steel, plexiglass, glass, and spray paint, and show a confrontation of the different qualities of the materials. His influence as an artist is not to be ignored here, Bram Braam takes the materials for his works directly from streets he encounters and transforms them into minimalist compositions in which a contrast can be found between the coincidence and the control - sometimes including the real traces left by people, and sometimes with traces made by the artist himself. 

Bram Braam has a strong interest and background in alternative ways of using and appropriating our public space - from counterculture, do-it-yourself movements to graffiti art. The mixing of low culture with high culture, outside and inside, rough and smooth, unauthorized taking the city itself as a background and transforming it, are recognizable working methods of the artist. It is therefore not surprising that Bram Braam has a strong interest in the wall as an artistic medium; he seeks the limits of what painting can be in the context of our built environment. This working method is clearly visible in all of his works, in which he is able to take everyday objects out of their context and give them a new form. Here he plays with the boundary between ready-made and perfectly constructed sculptures that are being presented as fused fragments and eventually transformed into a new reality.

The artist draws inspiration from 20th century utopian thinking, modernism in architecture, brutalism and its failures - but also visible are references to minimalism, the De Stijl movement or artist Gordon Matta Clark. As an artist, Bram Braam plays with these references while simultaneously revealing his interest in the development of our urban environment in which different times collide. His work depicts the influences of the era of postmodernism, internet and globalization we live in. He reflects on these fragmented realities of our daily lives - the online world, our landscapes and architecture - which contain a constant mix of fake and real, adaptations and transformations, and where different authors and time periods intermingle. Bram Braam's work is about the way we look at this reality, what is staged, fake, constructed or natural, and when the self becomes a new entity. What his sculptural works reveal is an ongoing process of this evolution in which a mixture of copy, transformation, adaptation and decay come to the fore.

Sarie Nijboer