Mevlana Lipp

Mevlana Lipp is introduced by Ampersand.

born 1989 in Köln, lives and works in Düsseldorf
2013 Masterstudent of Thomas Grünfeld
2015 graduated at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
2014 „Reisestipendium Kunstvereins der Rheinlande und Westfahlen“
2012 Scholarship of Prof. Helmut E. Kreutzer Stiftung


Mevlana Lipp examines the subjective perception as a detached part of the natural whole in his artistic work. Playfully as much as critically he questions the notional construct "individual" with its sentimental and egocentric awareness of the objective environment.

The romantic idea of a curative refuge in nature becomes unmasked as ancient and obsolescent. In fact, the contemporary individual moves like an alien across Planet Earth and is restricted to a dense observation of flora and fauna by a plasma screen.

Lipp studies the discrepant condition between subject and object, between consciousness and unconsciousness, between human and nature. In his latest works he develops virtuosic reliefs, which demonstrate the advanced human alienation, as well as the artificial deformation of nature by the intrusion of civilization. Thus, he preferentially uses materials which refer to wood; such as MDF, coated worktops, plywood or veneer.

As a result these aesthetic reliefs remind the viewer of the melancholic beauty of a brief look through a window on a field, or a plant. Tragically, but never humourless, Mevlana Lipp points to the bygone state, in which we were one with nature, but at the same time he emphasizes the acute and absurd irretrievability of the natural whole. "Post-romantically", his work reminds us of our native condition and nevertheless rejects us as presently extraterrestrial.

by Vivian Greven


Exhibitions (selection)

Power Up, Gallery Ampersand, Cologne (G)

>>Play2<<, video and performance festival, Cologne  
PingPong, SiTTart-Gallery, Düsseldorf (G)
Der besondere Blick - Künstler als Sammler, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe, Ettlingen (G)

>>ALL IN/2<<, Gallery Ampersand (G)

Tarnung, Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf (G)
67. Bergischer Kunstpreis, Solingen (G)
Neuland, Kunstverein Leverkusen (with Daniel Struzyna) (S)
Hole, Schloss Neeresen, Willich (with Daniel Struzyna) (S)
>>Play<<, video and performance festival, Cologne (G)