Simple ideas charmingly executed in Christoph Niemann's new drawings

Date
1 May 2015
Reading Time
1 minute read

My colleague Emily Gosling wrote a great piece for the latest issue of our Printed Pages magazine in which she called out the patent nudity of the emperor by saying that in reality, the creative process can be pretty dull to witness. Obviously that’s not to say that we want to see slick creative work with all traces of the artist removed; in fact in our digitally-defined age we delight in being able to see the spirit of the image-maker writ large.

That’s how I feel about these tremendous new drawings from Christoph Niemann, produced for his show at Berlin’s Galerie Max Hetzler. Created using only pencil and paper (sometimes pages obviously removed from a standard notebook), they combine Christoph’s wit and draughtsmanship in a really charming way. But what makes these really special is the intimacy; I can almost hear the scratch of lead on paper as I look at them and the ideas contained within the series – by turns, silly, poignant and mischievous – could be being whispered straight from Christoph himself.

Es gibt nicht gutes is at the Max Hetzer Gallery until 30 May.

Above

Christoph Niemann: Der Selbstwert des Tragischen – Happy End, d.h. Ende gut

Above

Christoph Niemann: Aggregatszustände

Above

Christoph Niemann: Deutschland 1948

Above

Christoph Niemann: Moral

Above

Christoph Niemann: Der Abschied- Variante zum Abschied

Above

Christoph Niemann: Die Bäume

Above

Christoph Niemann: Mitleid und Perspektive

Above

Christoph Niemann: Das Genie / Genius

Above

Christoph Niemann: Eine Spitzenleistung

Above

Christoph Niemann: Von Mord und Totschlag / Killing Time

Above

Christoph Niemann: Aufforderung zur Bescheidenheit

Above

Christoph Niemann: Über die Ursachen der Geschichte / The origin of the story

Share Article

About the Author

Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.

It's Nice That Newsletters

Fancy a bit of It's Nice That in your inbox? Sign up to our newsletters and we'll keep you in the loop with everything good going on in the creative world.