David Czupryn

Mobile 1, 2018

mixed media on paper

20.7 × 15 cm

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In this work on paper, David Czupryn makes use of the combinatorial energy of nature and manmade materials by hanging them in careful equilibrium, to create a counter-balancing act. The inspiration Czupryn draws from still life and portraiture is made abundantly clear through this piece. However, the kinetic energy associated with sculptural practice also makes itself known through the delicate harmony and equanimity (stability) of the mobile.

Like many of Czupryn’s other works, Mobile 2018 is full of art historical references and allusions. Inspired by the “Mobile” sculptural series by Alexander Calder (also reminiscent of the metamatic work by the artist Jean Tinguely), Czupryn redefines space through the anti-gravitational design of the structure, perhaps satirising the traditional weight of sculptural work. The colours used are again suggestive of another creative titan, Miro. Through adding  surrealism to the feel of the piece, Czupryn attempts to fracture art history by creating something new with the old.

Czupryn’s interest in the parallel between nature and industrially synthesised materials is made apparent through the arboreal influence of the background and elements of the main structure. There is a tension between the hyperrealist background of the tree and the surrealist attitudes accompanying the mobile that play with the audience’s perception.

the artist

Born in 1983 in Germany, David Czupryn graduated from the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie in 2015 (2007 – 2015) and has been working closely with ARTUNER since then. In 2016, he was the recipient of the 70th International Bergische Art Prize with a solo show at the Kunstmuseum Solingen in October 2017. In the same year, he was part of two shows featuring new works at the collection Uziyel in London and Palazzo Capris in Turin, both curated by ARTUNER. In 2018 his first major solo institutional show, He She It opened at Kunsthalle Darmstadt. He lives and works in Düsseldorf. In his surrealist paintings David Czupryn creates fantastic worlds, inhabited by humanoid hybrids and built with materials found at the intersection between nature, man-made polymers and imagination. His practice is mostly informed by a research of the uncanny, conducted from a mostly ‘visceral’ perspective. Indeed, although interested in psychoanalytical theories, Czupryn does not explore them in his works. His technique is seamless: the ‘layer method’ employed by Czupryn is very meticulous and the brushstrokes result invisible. Indeed, the surface of the painting is very flat, while also conveying a sense of deepness and richness of the materials depicted. The synthesis of nature and industrially engineered materials is a very important aspect of the artist’s work. David Czupryn started his artistic career as a sculptor, with Prof Georg Herold and later decided to focus solely on painting in the classes of Professors Lucy McKenzie and Tomma Abts: he stopped sculpting altogether and put all his artworks in a storage. For months, all day long, he would practice on painting techniques, trompe l’oeil in particular, as taught by McKenzie. There has been a turning point in his subject matter in 2012, when he saw a late Gothic grisaille painting of a sculpture. Then, he took his earlier sculptures out of storage and started portraying them in painting. Surrealism and Metaphysical art (Salvador Dalì and Giorgio de Chirico in particular) are undoubtedly the first points of reference that come to mind when looking at David Czupryn's paintings. However, the artist’s most important sources of inspiration are the works of the photographer Diane Arbus and American artist Matthew Barney.

In his surrealist paintings David Czupryn creates fantastic worlds, inhabited by humanoid hybrids and built with materials found at the intersection between nature, man-made polymers and imagination.

David Czupryn
on Artuner

Part of the

April 5th, 2018 until
April 24th, 2018
Curated by ARTUNER