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Johannes Kleisa

The artist Johannes Kleisa was born in Essen and gained his first experience with public exhibitions some three years ago via the art project “Kunst in Zwischenzeit”, sponsored by the Cultural Advisory Council of the city of Duisburg. For this purpose the young art student, who grew up in Duisburg-Marxloh, displayed his abstract works in a vacant shop in downtown Duisburg. Kleisa and a couple of other artists thus made a valuable contribution to the fight against the city centre of Duisburg turning ever more into an urban wasteland.

Ever since then, the young artist has held a number of group exhibitions, among others in the gallery of Anna Klinkhammer and in the Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf, as well as one individual exhibition in the gallery Reimann Le Begue, also in Dusseldorf.

Kleisa lives and works in Cologne and studies at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf at the moment. The young artist has dealt with the characterization and presentation of Japanese graphics for some time now and the design of his Japanese Room easily won over the jury of the 18arts hotel.

Big in Japan

Because of the size of the room, it soon became obvious to me that I would want to focus on the design of the furniture. I have devoted myself to Japanese Graphics for a considerable amount of time now and can certainly say that I am very familiar with the stylistics. I like the effective and unadorned Japanese design very much. It is always very sophisticated without lacking the love for detail, which becomes apparent when you look at how meticulously the squared timbers are being embedded.

I wanted to create a room that is sure to be an artistic design, but not as the main focus, i.e. I did not want to create an artist’s room at any cost. The guest is supposed to be the main focus. The design of my Japanese Room is very calming and feels somewhat soothing and clear to me.

One very important detail, next to my graphic work is the traditional Japanese sliding door, called a shoji. Shoji are an integral part of traditional Japanese home decor. The covering, made of Japanese paper and the delicate wooden lattice-shaped structure of the shoji let the room appear more airy. The translucence creates a calm, bright and very comfortable atmosphere.