Born in Basel, Switzerland, I studied at the 'Schule für Gestaltung' before working for the costume and stage props workshops of the 'Basler Stadttheater' (Theatre Basel).
The experience from work on building sites, in a fine mechanics workshop, and as a nurse aid in hospital all have influenced my practice as an artist. In 2001 I moved from Basel to Hull, England, where I now work and live.
Most of Bieli's work could be described as Spatial Drawings:
"Thread is the staple of my work. I use it - or the warp released from the loom - to draw in the third dimension. The warp as a not yet fully materialised fabric hovers somewhere between matter and thought.
This pending dynamic state is shaped by light as an integral part of my work."
"There's a visible world and an invisible one. I try to touch the surface where they meet."
> Da Vinci Engineered Art Renaissance Mechanics to Contemporary |
commissioned by AMY JOHNSON FESTIVAL | Hull | UK
> Humber Dreams | commissioned by Humber Mouth Literatur Festival 2013 | Hull | UK
> Shoal | commissioned by Artlink on the occasion of their 30th anniversary | Hull | UK
> Sounding commissioned by FringeMK installed at Midsummer Place | Milton Keynes | UK
> Wordscape for: Working towards The Hepworth | Wakefield Art Gallery | Wakefield | UK
> Textbook for: Special Collections / University Gallery Leeds | Leeds | UK
> Pollen of Words | Central Library | The Humber Mouth | Hull Literature Festival | Hull | UK
> Aire-Wave | Co-ordinates | Saltsmill | Saltaire | UK
AWARDS / RESIDENCIES
> Grant of Arts Council England, Yorkshire, and ...
> Grant of Humber Mouth festival towards Fr-Agile
> Nominated for the Northern Art Prize 2008 (longlist)
> Grant of Arts Council England, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and East Riding of Yorkshire for On Spurn, a research residency for six artists (see also: OnSpurn BLOG)
> Grant of the Arts Council England towards Stringed | Crescent Arts | Scarborough | UK
> Setting Off | RED Gallery | Hull | UK
> Changing Landscapes | KunstRaumRhein | Dornach (near Basel) | CH
> temp-or-al | Artlink's 30th anniversary exhibition | Hull | UK
> Fr-Agile | South Square Gallery | Bradford | UK
> Stringed: Large scale installation | Crescent Arts | Scarborough | UK
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
> Ich sehe was... / Studio event in Berlin, Wedding / DE
Details and images
> Process / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
> Wedding - Kunst Pur / Galerie Wedding / Berlin / DE
> Monomania / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
> Artificial Light / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
> From Book to Book / Leeds Art Gallery / Leeds / UK
> Special Collections / University Gallery Leeds / Leeds / UK
> Fundamentals / an exhibition of invited artists / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
> Cupola 15th anniversary / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
> Co-ordinates / Saltsmill / Saltaire / UK
> Sculptural Possibilities / Cupola Gallery / Sheffield / UK
> New Visions: The search for identity / Doncaster Museum&Art Gallery / Doncaster / UK
> Sculpture / Crescent Arts / Scarborough / UK
> [54º N] Festival of Contemporary Art (Muscle / Unfolding) / The Warehouse / Hull / UK
> Textile Kulturwochen Freiburg (Permeable Wall) / Herderbau / Freiburg / DE
> Jardins suspendus / Musée du Textile et des Costumes / Wesserling / F
> Wordscape | The Hepworth | Wakefield | UK (see Events)
> Textbook (1st ed) | Special Collections at Brotherton Library | University of Leeds | Leeds | UK
> Textbook (2nd ed) / Manchester Metropolitan University's Special Collection | Manchester | UK
2007 - 2016
> Private collections in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden