1979 · Germany
Specializing in the art of porcelain, German artist Johannes Nagel uses the typically refined medium to explore the rough and unfinished edges of art.
Breaking down the expectations of the medium while also deconstructing the very technologies of creation, Nagel conjures intersecting and at times unexpected forms that encourage the viewer of his work to contemplate both the process of his art and the “finished” product. In some senses, the final work becomes merely a stage in a larger evolution that adds a powerful dynamic to displays of his work.
Born in Jena in 1979, Nagel studied pottery in Canada in 2001 prior to completing a degree in ceramics 2008 at the HKD Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. In 2007 he was also supported by a residency at Ohio University as well as a scholarship of the German Peoples, and in 2009 Nagel garnered a Scottish Arts Council Residency in Cove Park. His work is included in numerous prestigious museum collections, including that of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Recent exhibitions of his work include “Johannes Nagel“ at the Keramion in Frechen (2015) and “I hardly ever Thought of flowers“ at Brutto Gusto, Berlin (2016).