post-title Hans Aichinger | PICTURES OF FACTS | REITER | Berlin prospect | 28.09.-10.11.2018

Hans Aichinger | PICTURES OF FACTS | REITER | Berlin prospect | 28.09.-10.11.2018

Hans Aichinger | PICTURES OF FACTS | REITER | Berlin prospect | 28.09.-10.11.2018

Hans Aichinger | PICTURES OF FACTS | REITER | Berlin prospect | 28.09.-10.11.2018

until 10.11. | #2222ARTatBerlin | REITER | Berlin prospect presents from 28th September 2018 the exhibition PICTURES OF FACTS by the artist Hans Aichinger.

Hans Aichinger (*1959) studied 1982-86 at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig with Prof. Bernhard Heisig and Prof. Arno Rink. 1992-1999 he taught at the same academy and at the Emory University of Atlanta, USA. His works can be found in international museums and public collections. Hans Aichinger’s figures perform on a minimalist stage; mostly solitary figures without tangible opponents – but instead counter-balances, or slight resistances: a wooden stick, folded cardboard boxes, a brush, fabrics, or reduced even further with only a physical gesture as an expression of an internal compression. Mostly we are confronted with adolescents, young people who are still on the way to accepting their own appearance, with naive self-assurance and openness. The background and space are strangely indefinite and mute, and in the medium format, the figures appear almost life-size at eye level with the viewer.

ART at Berlin – Courtesy of REITER Leipzig | Berlin – Hans Aichinger
Hans Aichinger »Realismus« 2017, Oil on Canvas,
50 x 40 cm, courtesy: REITER Leipzig | Berlin

Hans Aichinger’s works are filled with concentration: not only his own concentration in painting highly accurate figures but through the tension that is placed in the minds of the figures themselves. This concentration does not reveal its subject; it lies outside the frame, without reference. Through this act of simultaneously giving fine detail while withholding something, Aichinger creates a unique balance between figuration and abstraction, and at the same time, makes the reading of the images both possible and impossible. The figures perform on a minimalist stage; mostly solitary figures without tangible opponents – but instead counter-balances, or slight resistances: a wooden stick, a brush, folded cardboard boxes, fabrics, or reduced even further with only a physical gesture as an expression of an internal compression. Mostly we are confronted with adolescents, young people who are still on the way to accepting their own appearance, with naive selfassurance and openness. The background and space are strangely indefinite and mute, and in the medium format, the figures appear almost life-size at eye level with the viewer. The ambivalence of works such as »Eine Beschreibung« (»a description«) or »Hermeneutische Situation« (»hermeneutic situation«) have an explicit, yet undefined side. It is here where the works begin to assert their abstraction. The indefinite “assumption of form” in Aichinger’s work presents the protagonist clearly on the one hand, but at the same time, the pictorial content is both objective and abstract. This suspension is created through Aichinger’s absolute accuracy, which goes beyond realism, to where form begins to dissolve. These elements, which are almost microscopically alien in their detail, have no clear meaning but act to direct our attention. Aichinger’s abstraction is subtle; it takes us on short detours and each time brings us surprisingly close to the non-representational, ideal image – but always from an unexpected direction.

Hans Aichinger
1959 born in Leipzig 1982 – 1986 studied under supervision of Prof. Bernhard Heisig at the Academy of Visual Arts. Leipzig 1992 – 1997 teaching activities at the Academy of Visual Arts. Leipzig 1999 working sojourn at Casa Alejandro de Humboldt. Havana. Cuba Hans Aichinger lives and works in Leipzig.

Opening: Friday, 28th September 2018, 5 – 10 pm

Exhibition period: Friday, 28th September – Saturday, 10th November 2018

Zu REITER | Berlin prospect

 

Image caption: Hans Aichinger »Realismus« 2017, Öl auf Leinwand, 50x40cm, courtesy: REITER Leipzig | Berlin

Exhibition Hans Aichinger – Reiter | Berlin prospect | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin

 

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