Character Thieves

Character Thieves, Ego Update« NRW Forum Düsseldorf 2015
30 c-type prints, different sizes in artist’s frames. edition of 8

Lenneth« Osaka 2006; from Character Thieves 2005-2007
pigment print, 93 cm x 113 cm in artist’s frame,
edition of 8 (second size: c-type print, 50,5 cm x 65,5 cm)

Hauro« Leverkusen 2007; from Character Thieves 2005-2007
pigment print, 93 cm x 113 cm in artist’s frame,
edition of 8 (second size: c-type print, 50,5 cm x 65,5 cm)

Oliver Sieber, Character Thieves
Schaden.com feat. Böhm Kobayashi Publishers
With a text by Mariko Takeuchi, japanese/english
24 x 33 cm, 72 pages incl. 67 colour plates
Ed. #750
https://boehmkobayashi.bigcartel.com/

Fran« Langenfeld 2007; from Character Thieves 2005-2007
pigment print, 93 cm x 113 cm in artist’s frame,
edition of 8 (second size: c-type print, 50,5 cm x 65,5 cm)

Character Thieves, Imaginary Club and More
A Conversation with Oliver Sieber
By Iris Maria vom Hof

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” Calvin, of Calvin & Hobbes

[…] Ambiguity is a main characteristic of the comic strip “Calvin & Hobbes,” created by Bill Waterston in 1985. Calvin perceives his friend Hobbes as a living being, able to talk and act, although to grown ups he´s just a cuddly toy. Calvin, the boy, shifts between the grown up´s world and his own, parallel, imaginary universe whithout having the slightest doubt on the reality of each.

Oliver Sieber is a collector of figures, as he has been as a boy. He searches, finds and identifies. Pointing to his extensive collection, he talks about having been a comic-kid. He mentions Spider Man, the glorious super hero of the 1960s who always struggled to cope with everyday life, as an early figure he identified with. Or the 1970s Big Jim, the American body builder with a whole cosmos of accessories.

“Reality continues to ruin my life.” Calvin, of Calvin & Hobbes
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Cake and Mr. Brown« Queens, NY 2007; aus Character Thieves 2005-2007
Pigment Print, 93 cm x 113 cm in artist’s frame,
Edition of 8 (second size: c-type print, 50,5 cm x 65,5 cm)

Nagahama 2006« aus Character Thieves 2005-2007
c-type print, 23 cm x 29 cm (second print size: variabel) Edition of 8

Sailor Chibi Moon« Potsdam 2006; aus Character Thieves 2005-2007
pigment print, 93 cm x 113 cm in artist’s frame,
edition of 8 (second size: c-type print, 50,5 cm x 65,5 cm)

Ueno« Tokyo 2006; aus Character Thieves 2005-2007
pigment print, 93 cm x 113 cm in artist’s frame,
edition of 8 (second size: c-type print, 50,5 cm x 65,5 cm)

Character Thieves«
Anime! High Art — Pop Culture; Bundeskunsthalle Bonn 2011/ 2012

Ausstellungen (Auswahl):
2021 Bundeskunsthalle Bonn [G]
2015: Ego Update« NRW-Forum Düsseldorf [G]
2014: Alone together, Photography and the other« National Gallery of Kosovo [G]
2013: DIE GROSSE« Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf [G]
2013: Samurai« Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen [G]
2013: Gjon Mili XXIII Exhibition« National Gallery of Kosovo
2012: Megacool« Kunsthaus Wien [G]
2011: Anime – High Art/Pop Culture« Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn[G]
2010: Muzeum w Gliwicach
2010: Intercool 3.0« Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund [G]
2008: Silverstein Photography Annual« Silverstein Photography, New York [G]
2007: Fotomonth Krakow
2007: Back from Japan« Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf
2006: Contemporary Art Space Osake

Collections (selection):
Museum Kunstpalast
LBBW Stuttgart