Oliver Boberg (German, b.1965) is a Contemporary artist who is part of the Generic Modernism movement. He mainly works with video and photography and is represented by DCKT Contemporary. Boberg was born in Herten, Germany. When he was 20 years old, he studied art history at the University Würzburg. In 1986, Boberg decided to study at the Art Academy of Nürnberg, where he studied painting. Boberg graduated from the Art Academy in 1993. Boberg's art is created to make observers feel as though they have seen or been to the places located in his photographs or videos. However, the places seen in his work are actually products of his imagination.

For his work, Boberg builds a model to scale using plywood, glue, and cardboard. He photographs each model from various angles after setting the proper lighting. Boberg's artworks often feature pleasant titles such as Park and Playground, however, his work depicts something much darker and grittier than what is assumed by the titles. Many critics call the places he photographs "non-places." Boberg uses 16mm film for his films, and they typically do not feature much sound or movement. Instead, his films rely on visuals to convey his message. Typically, Boberg's films are relatively short, and feature scenery such as urban woodlands or roads. Most of his films are monochromatic and nocturnal. Other artists who produce similar work to Boberg include Lois Renner (Austrian, b.1961), Thomas Demand (German, b.1964), and Edwin Zwakman (Dutch, b.October 18, 1969).

Boberg has held several solo exhibitions over his career, including shows at the Paul Morris Gallery in New York, the Angeles Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. He has also held several exhibitions in his native Germany, as well as in other countries such as Spain. Boberg is known for his series of works titled Building Shell and Pages. In the Pages series, Boberg shot his photographs in black-and-white for the first time. More recently, he has started to incorporate other elements into his work, such as computer-generated drawings. Boberg resides in Fürth, Germany.

Timeline

1965
Born in Herten, Germany
1985–1986
Studies in Art History at the University of Würzburg, Germany
1986–1993
Studies in painting, Art Academy Nürnberg, Germany
2009
Kulturpreis der Stadt Nürnberg (Award)
Lives and works in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany

Exhibitions

2012
Dark Sights - Art Foyer der DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2012
The Uncanny - Nusser & Baumgart, Munich, Germany
2011
Oliver Boberg: Corner of a garden and other new works / Gartenecke und andere neue Arbeiten - L.A. Galerie – Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2011
Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities - Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY
2010
Ruptures and Continuities: Photography Made after 1960 from the MFAH Collection - MFAH - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2010
Summer Staged - Foley Gallery, New York, NY
2009
Vague Terrain: Analogues of Place in Contemporary Photography - FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
2009
Una fábrica, una máquina, un cuerpo... - Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo - MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico
2008
Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2008
REAL. Fotografien aus der Sammlung der DZ-BANK - Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2008
Summer Show - Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
2007
NRW Forum Düsseldorf
2006–2007
Spectacular City, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam
2006
L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2006
Out of the Camera. Analoge Fotografie im digitalen Zeitalter, Bielefelder Kunstverein
2005
Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (solo)
2005
Acting Out: Inveted Melodrama in Contemporary Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York
2005
A la recherche du paysage perdu, Casino Luxembourg
2005
RE:Modern, Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
2005
Alegoria Barroca na Arte Contemporanea, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; Museu de Arte Sacra, Salvador/Bahia
2005
Multiple Räume (2/3), Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
2005
Blank - Urbane Zwischenräume, Kunstverein Graz (Medienturm), Graz
2005
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA (solo)
2005
Koldo Mitxelena, Centro de Arte, San Sebastián, Spain (solo)
2004
Fotomuseum Den Haag, NL (solo)
2004
Paisaje & Memoria / Landscape & Memory, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain and Centro Atlantico Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Spain
2004
Wirklich wahr! Realitätsversprechen von Fotografien, Ruhrlandmuseum Essen, Essen, Germany
2004
Night Sites (2), L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2004
Yet Untiteld – fotografier fra Bernd F. Künnes samling, Edet Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen, Denmark
2004
Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
2004
Sets and Situations, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, USA
2004
Blühende Landschaften, Oliver Boberg & Ernst Stark, Forum im Dominikanerkloster, Evangelische Stadtakademie Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
2004
The Amazing & The Immutable, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida, USA
2004
Die Neue Kunsthalle Mannheim III: materiell – immateriell, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
2003
Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover (solo)
2003
Constructed Realities: Contemporary Photography, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida, USA
2003
Festival de l'Image, Toulouse, France (solo)
2003
Wahrnehmungsmuseum, Graz, Austria (solo)
2003
Moving Pictures, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA - Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
2003
True Fictions, StadtGalerie Saarbrücken, Germany
2003
Positionen und Tendenzen 2003, Kunsthalle, Kunstbunker Nürnberg, Germany
2003
Constructed Realities, Oklahoma Museum, USA
2003
Paul Morris Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2003
boring...boring...boring..., Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL
2003
Die Neue Kunsthalle Mannheim II, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim Germany
2003
Faking Real, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, USA
2003
Video Lounge, Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt
2003
Constructed Realities, The Garden of Golf, Environments and Realities, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, USA
2003
Superstructures, Untitled (Space) Gallery, New Heaven, CT, USA
2003
Staging Reality: Photography from the West Collection at SEI Rosenwald-Wald
2003
Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2003
Realitäten, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, Germany
2003
Crosscurrents at Century’s end: Selections from the Neuberger Berman Art Collection, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2003
raum, zeit, architektur in der fotografie, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany
2003
Cambio de Valores, Espai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castelló, Spain
2003
5 Year < Retro, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington DC, USA
2003
Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany (solo)
2002
Nacht Orte - Night Sites, L.A. Galerie, Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2002
Universidad de Salamanca, Centro de Fotografia, Spain (solo)
2002
True Fictions, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
2002
Seeing Things, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
2002
Art-chitektur, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany (solo)
2002
In Szene gesetzt. Architektur in der Fotographie der Gegenwart, Museum für neue Kunst, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
2002
Geschwindigkeit - Terrain der Zeit, Fotografie und Medienkunstpreis Wiesbaden 2002, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany
2002
Constructed Reality, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC, USA (solo)
2002
Paradise in Search of a Future, Part II, Atlanta, USA
2002
Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, USA
2001
Oliver Boberg, Nikki S. Lee and Zwelethu Mthehwa, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, USA
2001
Urban Photography, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Artist Space, NY, USA
2001
Himmel, L.A. Galerie, Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2001
Skies, Paul Morris Gallery, NY, USA (solo)
2001
Photo-Synthesis - Recent Developments in Contemporary Photography, Camino Real Gallery, Boca Raton, FL, USA
2001
True Fictions, Museum Bad Arolsen, Arolsen, Germany
2001
BOGUS: Issues of the Counterfeit in Art, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, NY, USA
2001
The City: Prints and Photographs from 1930 to the Present, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, USA
2001
Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
2001
Contemporary German Photography, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
2001
Rocks and Trees, Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, MA, USA
2001
Supernature - Landscape in Contemporary Art, Inman Gallery, Houston, USA
2000
Angeles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (solo)
1999
Constructed Reality, L.A. Galerie, Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
1999
L.A. Galerie, Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
1999
Paul Morris Gallery New York, USA (solo)
1998
L.A. Galerie, Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)

Public Collections

CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
MoCP - The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL