Extract

"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
PIECES, Backslash Gallery, Paris, FR
RIETVELD MEETS MONDRIAN, Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, NL


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 

 

2016
POCHETTES EN STOCK, commissariat - curated by Art suggest, Galerie LOFT DU 34, Paris, FR
SESSION#2, Volumes, Backslash Gallery, Paris, FR
PHK18#08, with Niels Post @ Jeroen Molenaar, PHK18 Bureau Voor Kunst, Rotterdam, NL
CENTRIFUGE, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, FR
KONRAD WYREBECK, with Geert Mul, curated by Domenico de Chirico, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
ART BRUSSELS, with Ron Mandos Gallery (Amsterdam), Brussels, BE 
PICOS PROJECT COLLECTION, Plusdesign Gallery, Milan, IT

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

 

 

SELECTED PRESS
2017
"Portfolio", Stuart Urban Art Magazine, 2017
Xavier Flament, "Boris Tellegen a fait une OPA sur le MIMA", L'Echo, 2017
"Guide galeries : Backslash", Achetez de l'art, 2017
"Mima Museum - Boris Tellegen", Entre Deux, 2017
"Opening : Boris Tellegen - A friendly Takeover @ MIMA", Emporium, 2017
"Un robot en forme de légo géant trône au milieu de la gare du midi", BX1, 2017
Eva Quintard, "Le MIMA acceuille Boris Tellegen, la légende du graffiti, the Dutch Master !" Artistik Rezo, 2017
Alain Lorfèvre, "Prophète du street art, Boris Tellegen investit le MIMA de Bruxelles", La Libre, 2017
Marie-Elisabeth de la Fresnaye, "Boris Tellegen au Millenium Iconoclast Museum of Arts (MIMA)", Mowwgli, 2017
"Boris Tellegen - Pieces @ Backslash Gallery", Emporium, 2017
"Delta Force", Focus VIF, 2017
Eva Quintard, "Exposition Boris Tellegen "A friendly takeover", au Mima - Bruxelles", Artistik Rezo, 2017
"A friendly Takeover", Domus, 2017
"Molenbeek : Le Mima a fait le plein en 2016", DH, 2017
Nicolas Gzeley, "Boris Delta Tellegen - A friendly Takeover", Spraymium Magazine, 2017
"A friendly takeover, delta at mima", Lodown Magazine, 2017
Mélanie Noiret, "Le graffiti hors les murs", L'Echo, 2017
Liz Newmark, "Robots with attitude take over Brussels museum of urban art", Flanders Today, 2017
Nicolas Gzeley, "Boris Tellegen, fascination entre ordre et chaos", Artistik Rezo, 2017
"Delta au Mima : portrait de Boris Tellegen", l'Eventail, 2017
Ashlea Halpern, "Is this the most progressive museum in Europe ?", AFAR, 2017
Jerem, "Book: Boris Tellegen-8697", Emporium-s, 2017
Kurt Snoeks, "Expo van Boris Tellegen in MIMA opent vrijdag",  Bruzz, 2017
Julien Rensonnet, "Boris Tellegen au Mima de Molenbeek, c'est le Delta et l'oméga du graffiti "du voyou au publicitaire, tout le monde l'utilise"", L'Avenir, 2017
"MIMA presents "a friendly takeover" by Boris Tellegen Aka", Beattobe, 2017

2016
"The push-in - Boris Tellegen AKA Delta", BeatTobe, 2016
"Festival Rose Béton", TCQVAR, 2016
"Boris "Delta" Tellegen - 8697 book", Patta, 2016
"Heiko Zahlmann, Boris Tellegen and Raphael Brunk Show Together at Galerie Droste", WideWalls, 2016
"Street art, graffiti : trois expos à voir cet été", Le Point Pop, 2016
"Boris Tellegen DELTA New Solo show at Alice Gallery", Urbanite, 2016
Marie Aschehoug-Clauteaux, "Pochettes en stock", L'Itinérant, 2016
"Boris Tellegen, Niels Post en Jeroen Molenaar @ PHK18", Trendbeheer, 2016
"Rose Béton", LADEPECHE, 2016
Morgan, "Micro hôtel par Boris Tellegen et Mauer United Architects", Journal du Design, 2016
"Boris DELTA Tellegen at Alice Gallery", GORGO, 2016
"Boris Tellegen - Alice Gallery", Emporiums, 2016
"Construction", Dutch Design Daily, 2016
"Boris Tellegen en Alice Gallery", Belio, 2016
"The push pin - Boris Tellegen aka Delta", Beat To Be, 2016
"Boris Tellegen x Maurer United Architect - Lucy Nomad Pavilion", Arrested Motion, 2016

2015
Belga, "Le style Soir", VICTOIRE, 2015
"Boris Tellegen Current", Graffiti Art, 2015
"Boris DELTA Tellegen - New Installation in Amsterdam", Gorgo, 2015
Maurer United, "Construction", Dutch Design Daily, 2015
"Les galeries du Marais s'amusent", Le Figaro Scope, 2015
"The Bridges of Graffiti @ Venice Biennale '15", vna, 2015
Ivana De Innocentis, "#Evento - A Venezia 10 Artisti per ripercorrere La Storia dei Graffiti", Urban Lives, 2015
"Graffuturism 5 Year Anniversary Group Exhibition (Preview)", Urbanite, 2015
The Art Newspaper, "La Serenissima goes street", The Art Newspaper, 2015
Elphège, "La tournée des popotes, Boris Tellegen à la Galerie Backslash, Nick Walcker à la galerie Brugier Rigall, Liu Bolin à la galerie Paris Beijing", My factory.net, 2015
Lorenzo Pereira, "Volta 11 in Basel", Widewalls, 2015
"Basel's Renowned Art Fair For New And Emerging art: VOLTA 11", Widewalls, 2015
"Boris 'DELTA' Tellegen", Molotow, 2015
"New York versus Amsterdam", Le Grand Jeu, 2015
JB, "New Pieces by Boris Tellegen", Just Breathe, 2015
"Boris DELTA Tellegen - 'Current' at Backslash Gallery (Recap)", Gorgo, 2015
Alexandra, "Talents à suivre : 5 graffeurs mythiques", Creads, 2015
Bestreet, "Boris Delta Tellegen - Current (Backslash)", Be street, 2015
SAL, "Venice Biennale '15 / Openings : Bridges of graffiti", Arrested motion, 2015
Sleepboy, "Showing : Boris 'Delta' Tellegen - 'Current' @ Backslash", Arrested motion, 2015
Steve Gray, "Boris Tellegen at Backslash Gallery", Widewalls, 2015
"Les collages de Boris Tellegen à la Backslash Gallery", Arts Magazine, 2015
"Boris Tellegen @ Backslash Gallery", ALLCITYBLOG X WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS, 2015
"Dans les galeries...", Arts Magazine, 2015
Thomas Doustaly, "Le bon coin : rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth (Paris 3e)", Le Monde.fr , 2015
"Boris Tellegen - “Current” @ Backslash Gallery", Bizarre Beyond Belief , 2015
"Boris Tellegen “Current” @ Backslash Gallery (Paris)", Sneakers.fr, 2015
"50 Ways to Map The City, Per Street and Graffiti Artists", Brooklyn Street Art, 2015

2014 
"Boris 'DELTA' Tellegen X Case Studyo: 'A Concrete Toy', Juxtapoz, 2014
"Jagged brick artwork by Boris Tellegen extends over Haarlem housing by Heren 5 Architects", Dezeen, 2014
Ana B.K., "Just before Brazil", Widewalls, 2014
Sanja Lazic, "Uncovered: The art of album covers", Widewalls, 2014
"Boris Tellegen - Giant Robot @ TEC ART", Emporium's, 2014
LCDA, "White cube : Boris Tellegen, Asphalte, Charleroi, 2014", Concrete hub, 2014
Justine, "Boris Tellegen aka Delta", Lodown Magazine, 2014
"Boris Tellegen x Case Studio - New Sculpture", Gorgo, 2014
Jonathan Roze, "Boris Tellegen, jeu de construction", Graffitiart Magazine, 2014