Clemens Behr is currently based in Berlin, but travels consistently, leaving amazing installations wherever he goes. He creates sculpturally inspired installations in both public and interior environments, utilizing found recycled ephemera as well as basic building materials. His abstract installations, composed of cardboard, wood, paint, tape and found materials, often result in subtle confusions between 2D painting and 3D objects.
With a background in graffiti and having studied as a graphic designer, Behr creates sculpture in an architecturally deconstructionist style. His influences include origami, spontaneous chance, and a deep interest in the environment in which his installations are displayed. His work is a realization of the progressive nature of our art form. One can see how he attacks a space or wall, leaving an impression the same way he might have when he painted a wall as a graffiti writer. The energy and size of his work mixes with the ephemeral state of his installations. To be able to transform walls and space into temporary sculptures, knowing they will be destroyed or taken down, is something you get used to as a graffiti artist creating public works. So, it’s no surprise that he takes this same approach to his installations.
The impromptu nature of his work, reflecting the palette of the environment it’s installed in, or common everyday material found in its immediate surroundings, provides the artist with inspiration. Behr’s work walks the fine line of chaos, yet brings perfect moments of clarity.
” Art is everything that is not something else. “
Photographs of the artist and text courtesy of futurism2.0.