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"My work is in collage, sculpture, drawings, videos and installations. It investigates the tension between planning and happenstance; the semblance of order undone by schematic chaos. Mankind is driven by an unshakeable faith in progress, where modern technology and constant growth leads us to a better world. My work explores a different outcome, where the automated forces unleashed develop structures and minds of their own.

This fascination formed in the eighties, when the urban street became my canvas as I started writing graffiti under the alias of 'Delta.' As such I became revered worldwide among my peers for my three dimensional lettering. I grew from experiences to look at and deal with the streets to a more reflective kind of work. I 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.

The spray can medium has long since shifted towards objects on the wall, which now even literally annex the walls. If there is a recurrent theme in my body of work made over a thirty-year span, it is walls, and how to transcend their boundaries. It might breath the ghost of the old utopists and constructivists, but of a time where the rotting process of the concrete is clearly visible.

My collages read as isometric industrial landscapes. By layering, cutting and chiseling I search for change in scale and perspective. Pieces of paper get torn, glued and then torn again, and replicate beyond control, forming city scapes resembling fuming wastelands.

In a recent project, called Exothermic, exhibited at 'De Fabriek' in Eindhoven, I made a wall that dissects their large hall. In the six-week act of construction lay I coded its inherent destruction. The wall was built from scratch, layer upon layer of geometric structures finally covered by generic drywall. Then the wall was hacked into, seemingly at random, exposing the raw energy of structure, logic and system hidden within, resembling a coal seam fire."

Boris Tellegen

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Born in 1968 - Lives and works in Amsterdam (NL)
Education: 1988-1994 Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft. 

 

        

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2017
A Friendly Takeover, MIMA MUSEUM, Brussels, BE

2016
, Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE

2015
Current, Backslash Gallery, Paris, FR

2014
Art Brussels, with Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE

2013
Overbuden, Gallery Common, Tokyo, JAP

2012
Special Project, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Surface, Solo show, Backslash Gallery Paris, FR

2011

abundance, Alice Gallery, Brussels, mixed media and installation
Kunstraum.ch, Basel, Installation
Subduction Zones, Muziekgebouw  ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, installation 

2010
Exothermic, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, Installation
Random Distress, Kleerup Gallery, Stockholm, SW

2008
The new Dutch Master, Elms Lesters Gallery, London, UK

2007
VHDG, Installation, Leeuwarden, NL

2006

DELTA-BORIS TELLEGEN, Alice Gallery, Mixed Media, Brussels, BE

2004

CUBEX, Installation, Esplanade, SGP
SLAM JAM, Paintings & Sculptures, Ferrara, IT

2003
6X6, Hoogt4, Mixed Media, Utrecht, NL
PERMSPACE GALLERY, Mixed Media, Tokyo, JAP

2001
rHSTN GALLERY, Mixed Media, Tokyo, JAP

2000
HOUSTON GALLERY, Sculptures, Seattle, USA

1998

MUSEE DES BEAUX ARTS, Paintings & Sculptures, Tourcoing, FR

 

        

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

 

        

2015
NEW YORK MEETS THE DAM, Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, NL
3x2=8, Cityscapes Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
UN DESSIN EST BEAU SI LA LIGNE EST VIVANTE, Le Pilori, Niort, FR
BACKJUMPS 20+1 – urbane Kommunikation und Ästhetik, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, DE
VOLTA, Art Fair, 
with Backslash Gallery, Basel, CH
URBAN ART BIENNALE, German Museum and World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks, Völklingen / Saarbrücken, DE 
THE BRIDGES OF GRAFFITI, Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, Arterminal c/o Terminal S. Basilio, Venice, IT
GRAFFUTURISM 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION, San Francisco, CA, US
MAPPING THE CITY, Somerset House, London

2014
27.11, Backslash Gallery, Paris, 
UNCOVERED : The Art of The Album Cover, Mini gallery, Amsterdam Dance Event
ASPHALTE, Urban Art Biennale, curated by Alice van den Abeele & Raphaël Cruyt, Charleroi, BE
JUST BEFORE BRAZIL, Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE
BEYOND ARCHITECTURE, curated by Domitille d’Orgeval, Espace topographie de l’art, Paris
HAMMER, ARTISTIC STRATEGIES, ARCHITECTURAL INTERVENTIONS AND SPATIAL POLITICS IN PUBLIC SPACE, Du Moulin Pop-up, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Berlin
GRAPHITE, Echo Bücher, Berlin
ART PARIS Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris
ART ROTTERDAM, Art Fair, Rotterdam

2013
(DE)CONSTRUCTIONS, Backslash Gallery, Paris, FR
COL.LA.GE, Mini Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
LES ATELIERS DU VENT, Teenage Kicks Festival, Rennes, NL
ART PARIS ART FAIR, with Backslash Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, FR
ART ROTTERDAM, with Ron Mandos Gallery, NL

 

2012
FAMILY & FRIENDS, Backslash Gallery, Paris,FR
SLICK PARIS, Art fair, Backslash Gallery, Paris, FR
“ARTS LE HAVRE”. Sculpture square Central Station for Bienalle Le Havre
“STUCK ON THE CITY”. Installation. The City Gallery Prague
DUO PRESENTATION AT VOLTA 8, Art fair with Backslash Gallery, Basel, CH
BRUSSELS ART FAIR with A.L.I.C.E. Gallery, BE


2011
EXOTHERMIC, Game City, Denbosch, NL, installation
ONDER CONSTRUCTIE, RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden, NL, installation
BLOWING UP THE SPOT#2, Studio Lukas Feireiss, Berlin, DE, reliefs 

 

        

2010
BACKJUMPS 4.2, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin, DE
DE PYRAMIDE VAN IJMUIDEN, RC de ruimte, IJmuiden, NLPUBLIC PROVOCATIONS, Weil am Rhein, DE

 

        

2009
DALEK AND DELTA, Elms Lesters Gallery, London, UK.
BORN IN THE STREETS, Fondation Cartier, Paris, FR
D'RAW, Glaspaleis, Heerlen, NLWEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES, NIMK, Amsterdam, NL 

 

        

2008
STACKED AND SCATTERED, W139, Amsterdam, NL.
DE WENS EEN INDIAAN TE WORDEN, Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, Vijfhuizen, NL
FUNDAMENTALS, MU, Eindhoven, NL.IMAGES OF RESISTANCE, Charlotte Fogh, Arhus, Denmark
DANCING ON THE MOON WITH TEARS IN MY EYES, Alice. Gallery, Brussels, BE 

 

        

2007
DON'T DO THAT, Mixed Media, Elms Lester Gallery, London, UK

 

        

2006
HYPE, Mixed Media, Elms Lester Gallery, London, UK
THE WHISTLE TEST, Scion Installation, Los Angeles, US

 

        

2005
Jan Cunen museum, Oss, NL.STATIC FREE, Installation, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, US
BEARBRICK WORLD TOUR, Installation, Gbe at Passerby, New York, US
BACKJUMPS-THE LIVE ISSUE PART 2, Installation, Bethanien, Berlin, DE
POT 'O GOLD, Mixed Medai, Someday Gallery, Melbourne, AUS

 

        

2004
ICY GRAPE, Paintings & Sculptures, Elms Lester Painting Room, London, UK
ROMAMSTERDAM, Mixed Media, Museo Di Roma de Trastevere, IT.BOTTOM LINE, Mixed Media, Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana, SL 

 

        

2003
WRAPPED IN WARP, Paintings, Eclectic Gallery, London, UK
BACKJUMPS-THE LIVE ISSUE PART 1, Installation, Bethanien, Berlin, DE

2002

ANDNOW, Mixed Media, AndA Tokyo/AndA Osaka, JAP

2001

PLAYTIME, Installation, MU, Eindhoven, NL

2000
THINKING OF A MASTERPLAN, Installation, Mama Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

1998
CLASH, Paintings, Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL
GRAFFITI RELATED IMAGES, Paintings & Sculptures, Mama Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

 

        

 

 

        

GRANTS AND AWARDS 

 

        

2009
Nominatie Amsterdamprijs, Amsterdams fonds voor de kunst 

 

        

2004 
Working Grant, Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst         

 

        

2001
Nationale Millennium Prijs, Ministerie van Economische zaken, met Maurer United Architects en Ronald van der Voet voor het ‘Inconstruct’ plan

 

        

 

 

        

COMMISSIONS 

 

        

2013-2014
"Fault Zone", installation, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2011-2014
Installation at “De Verdieping”; basement of Club Trouw Amsterdam 

2012
Facade new building Berlagelaan, Haarlem, NL 

 

2011
Statue for Ijside, aluminium, 4,20 m