Albert Janzen was born in 1989 in Siberia and grew up in Germany. After 13 years at the School of Music and Art he decided to follow his artistic path autonomously alongside studying Philosophy and Mathematics in Berlin. It was during this time that he discovered his love for the line. He went to London to study Logic and became acquainted with the contemporary art scene. There he became inspired by the autonomous work of Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter and Zao Wou-Ki. In 2015 Albert won the first Luxembourg Art Prize whilst finishing his Masters in Logic at the University of Amsterdam.
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I examine a fundamental aspect of visual experience, the line. Lines are among the most intuitive means to perceive and understand our environment. Everything that we see can be broken down to fundamental components such as lines. Lines help us to recognise shapes and patterns.
The line itself, however, cannot be broken down to smaller parts. Of course, one can say that lines can be defined as a concatenation of dots. But we do not see lines as such. The line, as we see it, is constructed by nothing but itself. In this sense the line is independent, for it constructs itself. This gives the line its independent aesthetics. It does not represent an idea as it is not constructed by anything else than itself.
I draw lines not to construct something, but to draw lines. The shapes and patterns occurring in my drawings have no other purpose than to reveal the movements of lines. The observer of my lines is confronted with an independent entity.