In his work Boris Tellegen investigates the tension between schedule and happenstance; the semblance of order schematically undone by chaos. In the industrial installations of UnPlot, Tellegen will show new paper and wood collages, which read as isometric landscapes. By layering, cutting and chiselling, Tellegen playfully changes scale and perspective. Pieces of paper get torn, glued and then torn again. They are replicated beyond control, forming cityscapes resembling fuming wastelands. His fascination for skyscraper architecture, Japanese robots and tribal idols materialises as sculptures, in the size of toy-like creatures to life-size monuments. Tellegen’s dystopian-like ensembles paradoxically serve as temporary spaces of refuge for a doomed future.
During the 1980s Boris Tellegen started his artistic career in the streets using his pseudonym Delta. Tellegen always treated the two dimensional frame of the letter and the word as sculpture, bursting out or morphing into the wall, piercing its boundaries by adding a dimension. By combining the reliefs of his practice with his education in industrial design, he soon started to create three-dimensional work on the intersection of architecture, painting, sculpture and installation. If there is a recurrent theme in his body of work made over a thirty-year span, it is walls. He explores how to transcend their boundaries by annexing, deconstructing and recomposing them, to ultimately disregard them in recent installations like UnPlot. Through the ever-fluctuating shape of his work, Tellegen continues to disrupt our perception of surface and space.Boris Tellegen
Boris Tellegen lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He received his education in Industrial Design Engineering at the Technical University of Delft (NL, 1988-94). Tellegen has exhibited widely in European, North American and Australian museums, institutions and galleries. Recent exhibitions include MIMA, Brussels (BE, 2017), Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (FR, 2016), Amsterdam Museum (NL, 2015) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR, 2014). Tellegen regularly creates commissioned sculptures in the public spaces. A recent example is a series of sculptures between Amersfoort and Utrecht in the framework of De Stijl’s centenary celebration (NL, 2017).
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