Willehad Eilers

 

Willehad Eilers (1981, Peine, Germany) also works under the pseudonym Wayne Horse. Beginning his career in the German graffiti scene, Eilers later went on to graduate from the Royal Academy of Arts in Amsterdam. He continues to live and work in the Dutch capital today. 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. To refer to Willehad Eilers as an artist-ethnographer is not too much of a stretch. Describing his practice as an investigation of the heuristically learnt political and cultural mores that define contemporary society, Eilers gently nudges us towards a poetic realisation of our social selves through his highly performative range of paintings, installations, videos and drawings. Infused with a mischievous, effortless confidence, Eilers’ crude-style works offer us anthropological insight into his observations of the flawed human condition and its perpetual evolution. He unflinchingly presents us with images that convey the disposition of the modern individual towards grotesque, even masturbatory obsessions. Underlying his practice is an artistic methodology that recalls the theorist James Clifford’s concept of “ethnographic surrealism”: he assails the quotidian situations that we think are familiar, and renders them unrecognisable. By mounting successive challenges to the hegemonic boundaries of our imagination, Eilers provokes his viewers into directly interacting with his highly unique works.

 

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Education

2001-2005
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017
Alles Wird Gut, A Juan Project, Amsterdam, NL
Six Doener Drawing Performance, A Juan Project, Amsterdam, NL

2016
Alter Senator, Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels, BE

2015
Dangerously rich, Palermo Galerie, Stuttgart, DE

2014
Haufen und Biester, Klattendiek, Bremen, DE
Celebrity Beach, Frameshop, Felix Meritis, Amsterdam, NL

2013
FREIZEITGEIST, Mink projects, Amsterdam, NL
Das paradies, HLP project space, Brussels, BE
Youth wars, Unruly gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Das scheissleben, AF galerie, cologne, DE

2011
Great Tales of Moral, Selfsevice openartspce, Stuttgart, DE
More Future, HLP projectspace, Brussels, BE

2010
Make me proud, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL
Moment Mal, Galo Art Gallery, Torino, IT

2009
German Swinehundt in Rotterdam, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
Mildly Amusing, Wolf and Pack, Amsterdam, NL

2006
Teenwolf does time, Sign, Groningen, NL
Give those people air, Spiritroom, Berlin, DE

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
The Devil and me, A Juan Space, Amsterdam, NL
Sculpture:Film, All together now, Rotterdam, NL

2015
To get there, All together now, Rotterdam, NL

2014
Riders on the Storm, Olympus Photography playground, Kasbank amsterdam, NL
Pictoplasma10, Kaufhaus Jandorf, Berlin, DE
Brain whores, ODRADEK, copenhagen, DK
Works on paper 2, Kallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Wunderkamer, Gallery 33, Amsterdam, NL
Especially you, MOHS exhibit, copenhagen, DK
Art medal in a global world, FIDEM XXXIII, Sofia, BG

2013
John fox and wayne horse, Kallenbach gallery Amsterdam, NL
Costume: written clothing, tramway, glasgow, UK
Gloomy prospects and lucid adventures, NEST, Den Haag, NL
Works on paper, Kallenbach galerie, Amsterdam, NL

2012
The kids are allright, Kunsthal rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
Groupshow,HLP project space, Brussels, BE
Urban art efx, CBK Amsterdam, NL
Old dogs, new tricks, Majke Husstege, den bosch, NL
Yes, we are open, NIMK Nederlands Instituut voor MediaKunst, Amsterdam, NL
LUX/ICA biennale of moving images, institute of contemporary art, the mall, london, UK
City of Dog, CBK den bosch, den bosch, NL
She doesnt care, EB&Flow gallery, London, UK

2011
Human nest, De Meerse, Hoofdorp, NL
Mohs Exhibit, Copenhagen, DK
Sex, de paraplu fabriek, Nijmengen, NL
Munt met een Missie, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Utrecht, NL
Sweatboxing 2, Leto GAllery, Warsaw, PL
Cowboys und Aliens, helium cowboy, Hamburg, DE
COMMA, Pallazzo della Penna, Perugia, IT
Light part 2, Gallery Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL
Twente Biennale, Hengelo, NL
Picnic at beit hair, Beit Hair, Tel Aviv, IL
Nacht, eddie the eagle museum, amsterdam, NL
Light-part 1, Paradise row gallery, london, UK

2010
April Rules, No Borders Gallery, Hong Kong, HK
Grow Ups, CCC, Shizuoka city, JP
Popjugend, Gallery Majke H?sstege, Den Bosch, NL
Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL

2009
DROPSTUFF, La Biennale di Venezia, Venezia, IT
PICTOPIA, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, DE
RijksakademieOPEN, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL
Warriors, loners, and space travellers, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, NL

2008
Standpunten, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL

2007
Nederclips, Sm’s Stedelijk Museum ’s Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch, NL
Playgrounds Festival, Tilburg, NL

2006
Max Wright was Right, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, NL

2004
Overschilderen / Overpainting, Brussel, BE
Streetsy2k, New Jersey, USA

2003
VAV 25, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL

Awards, Grants, and Residencies

2015
Nomination international competition, Kasseler Dokfest, DE

2014
Nomination, international competition Winterthur Filmfestival, CH
Mondriaan Fonds, bewezen talent, NL

2013
WDNX award, best international film, winnipeg, CA

2010
Familie Hunting Fellowship, NL
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, NL

2009
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Chagall Fonds and Gerard Hordijk Fonds, NL
Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, NL

2007
Volkskrant kunstprijs, NL

2005
ISMAF Award, NL
One Minute Award, NL

2004
Streets y2k Video Festival, US

Screenings

2015
Prague short film festival, Prague, CZ

2014
Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, DE
Winterthur Film Festival, Winterthur, CH
Hamburger kurzfilm Festival, Hamburg, DE
The One Minutes on Tour, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, CN
IFFR, Rotterdam, NL

2013
Portland underground film festival, hollywood theatre, portland, USA
Modern times, Eye filmmuseum, Amsterdam, NL
Skindeep, Eye filmmuseum, Amsterdam, NL
Frisse Oren, Tilburg, NL

2012
Incubate festival, Tilburg, NL

2011
The ill-mannered milkman, Version 1, Impakt Event, Utrecht, NL

2007
Presentation and premiere of Elefantboy, Impakt Event, Utrecht, NL
Pictoplasma Festival, Berlin, DE

2005
Media Art Festival Friesland, Leeuwarden, NL

2003
Teek Film en Animatie Festival, Breda, NL

Lectures and Workshops

2010-2013
Guest advising at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

2011
Workshop and guest advising at EEA, Berlin, DE

2010
Stopmotion animation workshop, Nowhere, Amsterdam, NL

2009
Presentation at haus der kulturen der welt pictopia, Berlin, DE

2006
Presentation at pictoplasma, Berlin, DE

Alter Senator, Installation view
Alter Senator
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