Impressions and Improvisations by Fedor Deichmann
Venice | June 17 - July 06, 2022
Palazzo Bembo - Venice Grand Canal

ITSLIQUID Group is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Fedor Deichmann, named Impressions and Improvisations, in conjunction with ANIMA MUNDI - VISIONS group exhibition, which will run from June 17 to July 06, 2022, on the first floor of Palazzo Bembo, overlooking the Venice Grand Canal, located at Riva del Carbon 4794, 30124, Venice, Italy in complement and simultaneously to the annual Venice Biennale.

Fedor Deichmann’s debut show with ITSLIQUID Group brings together two of Fedor’s distinctive artistic techniques - abstract expressionism and figurative impressionism. Fedor’s painterly repertoire consists of a diverse set of approaches, demonstrating both the ability to quote and engage in a dialogue with art history - processing works by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Diego Velázquez - as well as merely expressing and capturing colour, form, and texture in its purest form as a kind of impromptu spiritual performance inspired by the methods of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Regardless of the type of technique that Fedor applies, he is able to speak with a consistent artistic vision that is evident in all of his paintings. His colours are bright and vivid, and his forms are deeply lyrical. Influenced and inspired by Wassily Kandinsky’s art treatise “Concerning the Spiritual in Art,” Fedor believes that art in its highest form should have the power to awaken and heal - offering people a glimpse into a utopian world full of magic, optimism, and joy. He hopes that the spectators of his art can feel the same spiritual benefits of art viewing that Kandinsky had aspired to in his artistic quest. 

As part of the “Impressions” section of the show, Fedor frequently quotes significant figures in art history and recontextualizes them into his own artistic vision. For instance, in the work “Enlightenment In The Summer” he reappropriates a painting by Pablo Picasso called “The Two Friends (Autumn 1904) and places it into a magic realist setting with an intense colour palette reminiscent of French painter Pierre Bonnard. Moreover, the painting displays a lighthearted and playful nature with a drawing of a small window opening exposing sun rays that shine onto the face and body of one of the characters in the work. While all details are carefully chosen, they rarely provide a clear and easily comprehensible story to the work. Fedor embraces open-ended artistic interpretation and believes that enigmatic art that is able to provide multiple narratives and explanations is the best of its kind. 


Fedor also believes that art-making is like performing a dance on canvas and he demonstrates this character in the many movements and twists of the works in the “Improvisations” sections of the show.  For instance, in the work “Sun Moon Lake” one can vaguely identify the individual parts of the figurative elements that the title of the painting alludes to. That said, the painting demonstrates a coherent visual logic and harmony that combines elements of the yellow sun, the white moon and a blue lake - almost as if all three were mixing with each other and swirling into each other as part of an intimate dance. All of Fedor’s “Improvisations” develop their final form at the spur of a moment through his intuition of how colour should be combined and form should be shaped in the process of artistic creation. While these works are less intelligible on a figurative level, they are by no means less emotionally powerful, often surprising the viewer through direct and visceral titillation.

Born and raised in Germany into a family of artists and musicians, Fedor has been exposed to visual art and its creation since early childhood. His father Professor Felix Michael Deichmann was a German painter and pianist who studied with acclaimed painter Bruno Müller-Linow, a member of the Munich Secession artist association. Fedor grew up learning classical landscape painting at home with his father and eventually ventured away from figurative art to abstract expressionism. He has been a frequent visitor to galleries and museums since early childhood and is particularly inspired by the works of Wassily Kandinsky, Willem de Kooning and Paul Klee. Fedor received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 2011, where he also served as a gallery guide at the Yale University Art Gallery. He currently lives and works in Berlin.


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