Albrecht von Alvensleben
*1984 in Swakopmund, Namibia
Albrecht von Alvensleben’s works are moving at the intersection between design, photography and architecture. As a student of Zaha Hadid and Greg Lynn, he could develop his interest for architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. From 2009 to 2010 Albrecht von Alvensleben studied at New York City’s Cooper Union School of Architecture with a full tuition scholarship. The imprint for applied arts, which was mediated at university, can be found throughout the works of Alvensleben – the focus on design, interior fitting and architecture give prove of that. At the Moment Albrecht von Alvensleben works and lives in New York.
Albrecht von Alvensleben designs highly abstracted pictorial compositions, in which he combines objects of daily life in an unique mixture of perspective, light and sharpness, in order to transform them into surreal formations. Old doors and glasses from his grandmother’s house frequently serve as pictorial objects, which he highlights with a car’s backlight to photograph them. Without any digital manipulation richly coloured shapes are created and depending on the light reflexion, they produce multicoloured oscillating and metallic glowing surfaces. The body’s cubist splitting into coloured areas reminds of the German-American painter Lyonel Feininger and his prismatic style, whose abstraction of churches and urban landscapes arised out of the motive’s adaption into a crystalline geometrical construction. And also the in several facets subdivided paintings and sculptures of the futuristic artist Umberto Boccioni can be reduced to a common denominator with Alvensleben’s colour photos. The photos’ surfaces demonstrate a peculiar feel, which ranges between glass and metal and wants to be both concrete for the observer and concrete in regards to the content. However the surreal play of colours and forms are that highly abstracted, that a decipherment is nearly impossible – the old objects of daily use aren’t recognisable anymore.