GREGOR HYLLA
THE CLASS ON PROPHECY HAD BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES
14 November - 19 December 2009
PREVIEW 13 November, 6 - 9 pm

Tanya Leighton is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in Germany by Berlin-based artist, Gregor Hylla (b. 1971 Offenburg, Germany), with a performance during the opening preview by Voin de Voin (b. 1978 Sofia, Bulgaria).

Following his recent site-specific project at Smaragd Bar in Wedding, Berlin ('Get a Knife Between Your Teeth', 2009), Hylla has conceived a new work for the gallery’s curvilinear walls, creating one of his largest wall paintings to date.  This will be presented alongside new and recent oil paintings on canvas, under the title ‘The Class On Prophecy Has Been Cancelled Due To Unforeseen Circumstances’. Hylla’s unique approach and specific attitude combines geometric abstraction and Colour Field painting with an unmistakable influence of Constructivism. Solid fields of bold optimistic colour characterize the paintings; surfaces are bisected with geometric lines and calculated dissections and disruptions to explore new spatial possibilities.

Born in 1971 in Offenburg, Germany, Gregor Hylla lives and works in Berlin and attended the Universität der Künste Berlin where he studied architecture. He had a solo presentation with Tanya Leighton Gallery at Liste 09 in Basel, as well as an off-site three-day exhibition at Smaragd Bar, Wedding, during the Berlin Art Fair weekend. He has exhibited internationally, with work featured in the following group exhibitions: Modern Modern (curated by Pati Hertling. Including Dirk Bell, Isa Genzken, Sergej Jensen, Paulina Olowska, Elizabeth Peyton, and others), Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2009); freier Fall, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2009); Experimenta FOLKLORE, Kunstverein Frankfurt (2008). His work was included in the very first Berlin Biennale, HSC 3D in 1998. Forthcoming exhibitions include: Eckpunkt, Hannover Kunstverein, Hannover (2009) and Unresolved, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (curated by Pavel Büchler, 2009).