We are pleased to present the Berlin based Austrian artist Bertram Hasenauer in a first solo-exhibition. His delicate coloured pencil drawings, portraits, but also high-contrast landscapes and text fragments will be shown in "Atla". The Artist was rewarded with the Georg-Eisler-Prize in 2008 and received the scholarship for a studio in Paliano near Rome. This year his work will be exhibited in a comprehensive solo-show at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Austria.
Hasenauer's figures shut themselves from the viewer in turning away or freeze in their own gestures. At any time they are maintaining a distance: mostly in fixating the viewer with their intense eyes but also seem to be lost in their deep thoughts some place far away. They reveal a state of isolation, in which they are timeless. The viewer is being transformed into a spectator, as the protagonists are not allowing any interaction, turning away, disguising themselves, and not reacting to no one.
The distinctive, strong gestures are showing individuals constantly on the brink between de-personalized figures and self-contained, strong personalities. Via simple surfaces the figures are being stylized, whereby it's hard to distinguish between countenance and mask. Yet the intense gaze and the self-sufficing characters brake with this perception.
Significant is that Hasenauer operates with photographic material from the media. He alienates them to the extent that no direct reference is recognizable. The essence of these drawings -the detachment from reality- persists. The secluded figures appear to resemble a memory or a dream.
Like the portraits, the structural drawings of landscapes and the associative letterings convey an idea of a timeless realm in which one loses oneself. Here narrative elements are abandoned to a greater extent. As a result the works do not follow a common plot. In the discrepancy to reality the individuals are shown in total isolation. They are referring to a melancholic depth and invite the viewer, who participates in this distant universe, to a remote place - Atla.