until 04.11. | #4007ARTatBerlin | Crone Berlin presents from 15th September 2023 the exhibition „Hart wie Schein“ by the artist Eckart Hahn. It takes place within the framework of the Berlin Art Week and shows in an impressive way that Hahn has devoted himself to three things in his entire oeuvre: Painting, hyperrealism and the ad absurdum leading of an ever more absurd world.
Eckart Hahn’s paintings amaze the viewer from the first moment with their meticulous, highly precise painting. His brushstrokes seem to effortlessly take on old master artistry and painterly virtue, but the motifs immediately reveal that we are in the here and now. Dreamlike, unreal human-animal figures are up to mischief, colourful plumage forms itself into soldiers’ helmets, black holes open up in desolate landscapes, cheeky birds peep out from under lifted women’s skirts and mighty creatures turn out to be wooden backdrops.
The motifs of Hahn’s paintings leave it open whether they conceal symbolism or not. They can always be interpreted in this way or in another way. One can see one thing in them, but also the exact opposite. The only thing that is certain is that Hahn shows us a world in which nothing seems to be as it is, but everything is as it seems. Our existence in the new millennium is staged as an absurd world theatre, as a single chimera that has become our harsh reality.
Eckart Hahn finds the starting point of his painting in the digital world. He addresses the sensual-haptic capacities of our perception by translating the visual language of virtual, media realities into hyper-realistic paintings. In doing so, he questions post-factual uncertainties and makes the surreal and paradoxical tangible. He often draws his themes from current discourses: species extinction, consumer society, mysticism, conspiracy, religion, climate change – Hahn’s pictures play with the surface in a tongue-in-cheek manner, but provide a deep insight.
Eckart Hahn was born in 1971 in Freiburg im Breisgau. He studied photography, art history and graphic arts in Stuttgart and Tübingen before turning exclusively to painting in 1998. His work has been shown in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, including in New York, Berlin, Munich, Milan, Madrid and Paris.
Vernissage: Friday, 15. September 2023, 7:00 bis 9:00 pm
Ausstellungsdaten: Friday, 15. September until Saturday, 4. November 2023To the gallery
Bildunterschrift Titelbild: Eckart Hahn, courtesy Galerie CRONE Berlin
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