German artist Gregor Hildebrandt uses found objects drawn from pop culture to create works that merge the language of modernist abstraction with references to film, literature, and music, as well as the artist's own life. In his sculptures, installations, and canvases, he employs material such as cassette tape and video equipment to create arrangements recalling Abstract Expressionist paintings or Minimalist monochromes. Removing these objects from their typical function, Hildebrandt uses them instead as visual elements. However, as the artist notes, "the material remains filled with music even if it's not manifested." His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Miami Art Museum, the Tel Aviv Art Museum, and Boston's Institute of Contemporary Arts. In 2008 he won the Vattenfall Art Prize, awarded to a Berlin-based contemporary artist.