Christoph Niemann is my favorite visual communicator. His illustrations always leaves you surprised and with a refreshing sensation. It is full of humor, the simplicity of his strokes and his color palette that is often reduced to one hue, is friendly to the viewer and make you always want more. His work is a constant leap between signifier and meaning, these terms always used and of utmost importance for the theory of communication and which are, after all, the cornerstone of meanings. I would say that if you want to understand semiotics better, he would be the best reference.
A curious fact is that his favorite colors are black and yellow, he said that the contrast is perfect, it´s clear, easy to read and better that just white and black.
Recently I visited an exhibition at the Cartoon Museum in Basel, Switzerland where I had the opportunity to see his work closely and I could found more information about him. The Curator Anette Gehring wrote the following introduction for his exhibition:
Berlin-based illustrator, artist and author Christoph Niemann (b. 1970) is a master of metaphor who can mould the complex and the multifaceted in impressively clear, elegant, poetic and humorous images, with reduced, often minimalist means. Be they quick sketches or elaborate illustrations and animations, every one of this great artist’s works is an instantly absorbing implementation of a brilliant idea. At the same time, rather than exclusively committing to any one technique or style, he constantly experiments and expands his repertoire of expressive means in all directions, be it with Lego bricks, potato stamps, painted-over photographs or computer animations. This sought-after illustrator’s clients include newspapers and magazines like “The New Yorker”, “Time”, “Wired” and “The New York Times Magazine”, but also institutions and firms, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Google and Herman Miller. He writes and illustrates his own books for adults, including “Abstract City” and “Sunday Sketching”, which originated from a blog, and also conceives digital applications like the successful apps “Petting Zoo” and most recently “Chomp”, which are geared towards a very young audience. The Cartoonmuseum Basel is honouring this multi-award-winning and inspiring artist with a solo exhibition, which will be his first in Switzerland and will comprise over 120 original drawings, prints, adapted photographs and animations.
Curator: Anette Gehrig
Christoph Niemann video conference 2016