Vivian Greven’s painting is based on an adept play with various notion of bodies, being and representation, with concepts of classical antiquity merging with pop art and digital image worlds. Vivian Greven’s painting is characteristic of our present times, which are shaped by the internet and social media and thus dissolve the hierarchies between original, reproduction and simulation. The art historical and contemporary historical nestling corresponds with Greven’s painterly treatment of surfaces. Parts of her painting rise as actual reliefs that encounter sprayed or painted fictions of bodies and space. The aesthetic of her pictures vacillates between the vocabulary of physical painting and the ethereal illusion of LCD windows.
Vivian Greven (DE 1985) is represented in internationally renowned museum collections such as the Xiao Museum Rizhao, Long Museum Shanghai, Sammlung Kunsthaus NRW and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Recent solo exhibitions have been at Kunstmuseum Langmatt, Kunstpalais Erlangen, Kunstverein Heidelberg and Gallery Vacancy in Shanghai, as well as group exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Kai10 Arthena Foundation Düsseldorf, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Paula Modersohn Becker Museum, Bremen or Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Vivian Greven is currently a guest professor for painting at the Kunstakademie Karlsruhe. A comprehensive solo exhibition is planned for spring 2023 at the Neue Galerie Gladbeck.