Johannes Makolies

Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden

University of Fine Arts, Dresden


Johannes Makolies’s sculptures are assemblages of real objects of industrial materials such as styrofoam, cement, foam adhesives, plaster, and metal, often placed on pedestals made of pieces of wooden pallets. He chooses raw materials and found objects in such a manner as to emphasize their subtle, natural color, patina, or signs of wear, thus creating a specific minimalist aesthetic. Sometimes Makolies uses writing or graffiti, which reflects his background in the urban subculture. He is a passionate skateboarder and cyclist, both of which are reflected in his work. Some sculptures directly resemble skateboard obstacles, and Makolies has actually used some of them as such.

*1979, DEU


2004-2010 Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (E. Bosslet, C. E. Wolff)

Since 2008 Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

2010 Alterieren, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden
2009 This is not the Striezelmarkt, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden
PragueBiennale4, Karlin Hall, Prag
RockefellerArtCenter, Dresden
2008 B-Seite, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin
Blue Sky, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden
Galerie MaxHansDaniel, interim-Torstraße, Berlin
Geh8, Dresden
2007 Panty Nein Hound, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden
Signale, Ostrale, Ostragehege Dresden