Wayne Horse – Alles Wird Gut
18 March – 22 April 2017
Opening: Saturday 18 March , 17 – 21 hrs
A Juan Project is pleased to announce the opening of ‘Alles Wird Gut’, a new exhibition with new works by Wayne Horse (Willehad Eilers). A site specific installation will accompany his exulted yet critical ink drawings.
After moving from Germany to Amsterdam in 2000, Eilers graduated from the Rijksakademie and got involved in the local street art scene. A few years later he became tired of squeaky clean lines and producing work that says, “Look, I got skills,” so he started exercises named “breaking the hand.” Using different methods to distract what he worked for years to attain, he was aiming for the work to carry a spirit of looseness, possibility and punk. Drawing blind, drawing contours, left handed drawing, speed drawing, drawing to metal, and drawing intoxicated all resulted in a visual language that is spontaneous and free. These expressive, imperfect lines that are drawn immediately, are the base of his new body of work in which the process is a big part of the finished piece. Loosely depicted, the new drawings show scenes of large crowds going wild and indulging in all sorts of pleasures. As scenes of victorious parties after a big triumph, they carry a positive message under all the vintage debauchery. In this manner he is using the compositions of historical paintings such as “La Liberté Guidant le Peuple” and “The Raft of the Medusa” but replacing the politically charged masses with modern day festival crowds. Influenced by the tensions present in the world today, Eilers’ drawings shout “The world is burning. Close your eyes and dance, dance, dance.” —Sasha Bogojev
Willehad Eilers (1981, Peine, Germany) also works under the pseudonym Wayne Horse.
Eilers graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2001-2005), and Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (2009-2010). He lives and works in Amsterdam, NL.
His eclectic body of work comprises video, drawing, performance and installation, and is distinctive for its lyrical quality, playful humour and expressiveness. A recurring narrative in his oeuvre revolves around the bizarre, occasionally ugly but always compelling aspects of humanity.
Willehad Eilers’ work is part of the LAMLisse Museum, Hunting group collection, the KGervas collection and the Van den Broek Foundation collection. His works have been shown both internationally and nationally in the Netherlands. Selected exhibition include ‘Alter Senator’, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE, ‘Celebrity Beach’, Frameshop, Felix Meritis, Amsterdam, NL, ‘Make me proud’, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL, ‘Teatre de L’Absurde’, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL, ’German Swinehundt in Rotterdam’, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL, ‘Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL, ‘Munt met een Missie’, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Utrecht, NL, ‘Nederclips’, Sm’s Stedelijk Museum ’s Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch, NL
‘Standpunten’, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL, ‘Max Wright was Right’, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL,’IDFA’ Amsterdam, NL, Winterthur Film Festival, Winterthur, CH, Hamburger kurzfilm Festival, Hamburg, Germany and La Roche Sur Yon Film Festival, FR