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    lot 685 — Paul Waak, wet phone (2020)

sold in slot Greeds and Guts and Glories in auction Chapter 6
Concluded. 2021/9/25, 3 pm to 6 pm
auction finished. artworks are no longer visible for licensing reasons.

minimum price   1.500 €
price estimate   2.100 €
sale price   1.500 €

size   135 x 100 cm
signature   Verso
condition   Mint
technique   Oil, acrylic and varnish on canvas

Paul Waak’s colorful figurative works explore the curious nature of human behavior and contrast the joyful with the somber.

Influenced by the unforced gestures of folk art and art brut, as well as works by artists drawn from the youth subcultures of the 1990s and post-Internet art, Waak finds intuitive metaphors for existential truths. His work deals with themes such as interpersonal relationships and the increasing digitalization of life, violence and innocence, beauty and crime, work and leisure. Thus, his works provide a personally colored, skeptical view of a post-digital cultural imagination and act as a showcase on the objects, gestures, longings and fears of our time.

The starting point of the artist’s works are pencil drawings that he makes almost daily. Over the years, a systematically ordered archive has been created in this way, comprising thousands of sheets, which Waak draws on to constantly develop his formal language. Always on the lookout for a new kind of visual expression, Waak uses image processing programs to distort his scanned drawings and give them a digital look. In a next step, he often resorts to classic analog techniques such as reverse painting on glass or painting on canvas, using a wide range of intensely luminous acrylic paints and varnishes as well as oil paints.


1984* in Dresden
2009-2014 University of the Arts Berlin
2012-2013 Hunter College New York
lives and works in Berlin

2021 - ZLB and the NBK Berlin, DE

2021 - Chernobyl Papers, New Scenario World Wide Web
2021 - Drawings XVI - Worlds, Galerie Parterre Berlin, DE
2021 - Residency, Backsteinboot Space for Art e.V. Berlin, DE

2020 - DCA Tour, C.Rockefeller Center Dresden, DE
2020 - 101 Gallery Nuremberg, DE

2019 - Winter Exhibition, Enorme (EyeBodega), New York, USA
2019 - Raudenský and Waak, Hranicar, Usti nad Labem, CZ
2019 - Happyness (solo exhibition), Weserhalle Berlin, DE

2018 - New Rave, Affenfaust Gallery, Hamburg, DE
2018 - Thats not all, Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, USA
2018 - Max Siedentopf and Paul Waak, C.Rockefeller Center Dresden, DE
2018 - reasons to believe, Ungefähr 5 Cologne, DE
2018 - Total Sellout 2, Neurotitan Berlin, DE
2018 - silk on screen, Alte Feuerwache Loschwitz, Dresden, DE

2017 - human product, Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna, AUT
2017 - stardust, Neuer Kunstverein Wuppertal, DE
2017 - unscripted, Greenhouse Berlin, DE
2017 - Real Time Systems, Internatiomal Topsellers Los Angeles, USA
2017 - volume, Colonia Nova Berlin, DE
2017 - WTWIG (the art union), Alte Münze Berlin, DE

2016 - Bullet Proof Glass (solo exhibition), C.Rockefeller Center Dresden, DE
2016 - Banner, MFI Berlin, DE
2016 - a moral threat, Oaza Zagreb, HRV
2016 - Total Sellout 1, Neurotitan Berlin, DE

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