American-Spanish born in Madrid in 1993. Ian Waelder lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is currently part of the class by Haegue Yang at the Stadelschule and has been an active member of Mark von Schlegell's Pure Fyction Seminar.
In words by Francisco Correa Cordero, "Ian Waelder's interest lies in how human life and inconspicuous activity is recorded in the objects around us. Pieces of linen with dirt, dozens of small scratches and smudges, probably accumulated after days or weeks of laying in the studio. Wooden boards with skid marks and footprints, possibly originally from the floor of a bar or a restaurant. Everything we do leaves something behind, which can take a variety of forms. Waelder collects these moments, discards and detritus as poetic artifacts and places them in new contexts where their memory can be reactivated."
He uses the following sentence as the whole statement of his work:
THE NOISE, TRACES AND MARKS ARE THE RESULTS OF AN ACTIVITY THAT DID NOT NECESSARILY EXPECT TO PRODUCE THEM.
In his recent solo exhibitions, we find Das Kniegelenk (L21 Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, 2018) We feel untied, but why? (curated by Sonia Fernandez Pan at Centro Parraga, Murcia, 2018), Who Would Be Interested in an Empty Parking Lot? (The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, 2018), SUEDE (L21 Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, 2016), The Noise, The Traces and Marks (LOCAL Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile, 2015) or To Play With Heights With a Kind of Void (DAFO Projectes, Lleida, 2015). He's also shown in two-person and group exhibitions, at Ana Mas Projects (Barcelona), Galeria Bacelos (Madrid), Salpn (Madrid), L21 (Madrid and Mallorca), Sant Andreu Contemporani (Barcelona) and La Casa Encendida (Madrid).
He has participated in various publications and readings as a member of Pure Fyction at the Kolnischer Kunstverein (Cologne), Johanne (Frankfurt) and Ashley (Berlin).
Parallel to his artistic practice, he's the co-founder of Printer Fault Press next to Oscar Florit; an art publisher focused in editions and books by artists, that seeks the collaboration and exchange between artists, theorists, curators and others.