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Holger Jordan

Robert Fischer

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Born in 1950 in Braunschweig in Germany, Holger Jordan attended the Geyso20 art studio between 2004-2006. In Geyso20 people with disabilities have the freedom to work independently to develop their own artistic language. Holger Jordan constructed people and objects from a latticework of pencil and crayon lines.

Full Biography

Born in 1950 in Braunschweig in Germany, Holger Jordan attended the Geyso20 art studio between 2004-2006. In Geyso20 people with disabilities have the freedom to work independently to develop their own artistic language. Holger Jordan constructed people and objects from a latticework of pencil and crayon lines. He seemed to simplify objects, often giving them a 3D effect. He particularly enjoyed drawing technical pieces of equipment like sewing machines, school children with satchels on their backs, advent wreaths and Christmas trees.

Holger Jordan attended Geyso20 for two years, where he worked for three hours, on one day a week, on his pieces . He did not deliberately or artistically choose to draw on both sides of the paper, but this was suitable for him in order to continue his work without waiting for new paper. Holger had to leave the art studio as his family were moving out of the area.

The staff at Geyso20 explained that watching Holger Jordan drawing in the studio was a special experience. Well remembered was the typical style of the way Holger worked - a jerky movement with an angled arm, with which he demonstrated the bumpy up and down movement of the foot-operated sewing machine. This jerky movement gives the wobbly lines so prevalent in Holger’s work.

Exhibition Highlights

2014 Between Genius and Madness, Schau Fenster, Berlin
2013-14 That’s Not Normal, Galerie Geyso20, Braunschweig
2013 Collection Pieces, Galerie Geyso20, Braunschweig
2012 Geyso 20 – Artists in Dialogue, Museum Schloss Salder, Germany
2009 2x2 Forum for Outsider Art in Europe, Kunsthaus Kannen, Münster