Felix Oehmann

Felix Oehmann (*1985, Heidelberg) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe in the class of Prof. Harald Klingelhöfer, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in 2012. 

Felix Oehmann’s sculptural practice features an array of symbols such as animals, hands, hearts and smileys, as well as oversized everyday objects like keys, scissors, T-shirts and caps. These larger-than-life sculptures have also been exhibited amongst architecture, in the Walldorf school center near Heidelberg, where an oversized hook was installed on an ornate pedestal and a broken heart supported by a staircase. While his sculptures tend to offer a stylized manipulation of their original objects, Oehmann’s wooden wall pieces feature figurative engravings such as hands and legs, resembling delicate drawings. 

Oehmann’s practice is always improvised and performative; his works emerge through the making process. Two-dimensional ideas are transformed into three-dimensional sculptures, often adopting a humorous attitude. His sculptures slump, fold, and unzip, their means of construction put on display. One could see this kind of exposure as an expression of vulnerability, but in Oehmann’s works it feels more like a playful, honest exploration of materiality. By turning a metaphorical magnifying glass on simple objects, he intends to reveal not only their complexity, but also the sensuality of different forms and materials.  

Felix Oehmann’s work has been shown at Haverkampf Leistenschneider, Berlin, DE; Galerie Gisela Clement, Bonn, DE; Salon Babette, Berlin, DE; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE; Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, DE; Ludwigsforum für internationale Kunst, Aachen, among others.

1985

Born in Heidelberg, Germany / geboren in Heidelberg, Deutschland

lives and works in Berlin / lebt und arbeitet in Berlin

Education / Ausbildung

2012

Masterclass

2006 – 2012

Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe

Selected Solo Exhibitions / Ausgewählte Soloausstellungen

2019

‘Von der Sonne verwöhnt’, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin

2018

‘Flip A Coin’, Oxyd, Winterthur, CHE

‘Elephants in the Bedroom’, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin

2017

‘Carte Blanche’, Galerie Gisela Clement, Bonn

2016

‘HUNGRY FOR TOUCH’ (Magna Carta Shelf Life #3), curated by Kate Brown, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

‘NEUES EUROPA PRÄSENTIERT: MAHLERGRUPPE & FELIX OEHMANN’,easyupstream!, München

2015

‘B A S I C S’, SSZ-Sued, Köln

Debütantenausstellung ‘Fast Forward’, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe

2014

‘True Size Comes From Within’, Salon Kennedy, Frankfurt a.M.

Outside Project ‘Big Smile and a Wall for Frankfurt’, Cultural Avenue, Frankfurt a.M.

Salome Ghazanfari ‘United Colors’, Cruise&Callas, Berlin

Selected Group Exhibitions / Ausgewählte Gruppenausstellungen

2020

‘OK BAMM BAMM BAMM’, Salon Babette, Berlin, GER

2018

‘Junge Kunst, Junge Künstler’, Skulpturenpark Heidelberg, Heidelberg, GER

‘Mixed Pickles 3’, Ruttkowski;68, Cologne

‘Lichtstraße’, Ruttkowski;68, Cologne

2016

‘Wertical I’, Michael Horbach Foundation, Köln

‘Scarpa Diem’ curated by Max Henry, Parallel Vienna, Wien

2015

‘Schürmann trifft Ludwig’, Ludwigforum für internationale Kunst, Aachen

‘Die dritte Hand / Last Exit painting’ curated by Lea Schleiffenbaum & Anne Schwarz, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin

2014

‘Better Than Your Neighbour’, KuWi, Wiesen

2012

‘Top 12 Meisterschüler’, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe

‘Borderlines’, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe

‘Die Taschen Voll Sand’, Gallery Jocelyn Wolff, Paris

2010

‘Der Unaufhaltsame Aufstieg Von Draufgängern Und Flaschen’, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe

2008

‘17//24’, Städtische Galerie Im Buntentor, Bremen

Grants / Förderungen

2015

Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg

2014

Debütantenausstellung, Staatliche Akademie Der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe

2012

Postgradute Award Of Baden Württemberg

2009

Academy Award, Staatliche Akademie Der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe

2008 – 2012

Art Grant Of Cusanuswerk, Bonn

Publications & Writing / Publikationen & Schreiben

Felix Oehmann ‘HEART ATTACKS’ with text contributions by Axel Heil and Max Henry is published in conjunction with the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, supported by the state government of Baden Württemberg due to a funding decided in 2007. Editor: Prof. Axel Heil for the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe / Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe

KubaParis #1

(n d ks) magazine Interview, 2014

Monopol Magazin, Jan 2014, ‘United Colors’, Cruise & Callas, Berlin – Max Leiß, Ausgabe #14, #19

Meisterschüler Der Staatlichen Akademie Der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe

‘Der Unaufhaltsame Aufstieg von Draufgängern und Flaschen’, curated by Meuser, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe

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