Acryl auf Leinwand, 40 x 30 cm. Courtesy by Galerie Wagner + Partner
Wagner + Partner Gallery is pleased to announce their first exhibition of painter, Eckart Hahn in Berlin, born 1971 in Freiburg.
'Intimate Play' (Kammerspiel) leads associatively through a series of images whose extraordinary colour and atmosphere are coolly calculated to touch viewers. Their realistic method of presentation oscillates between surrealistic and recent neo-figurative painting traditions. But what differentiates Hahn's work from the Surrealists or some of the representatives of the Leipzig School?
Eckart Hahn constructs intimate play-like scenes in a dramatic way. He deals with the constraints of civilised life: with religion, family, social structures and the signs of their disintegration. However much one is excited by his image constructions, one remains perplexed. There are 'signs' (symbols, scenes, words) that are mediated through form and colour in an accessible way - but where do they lead?
Codes and quotes, such as 'Nike' or graffiti, place the images in the present. They are about us. But has what Hahn presents in his images ever happened to one of us? Looking at Hahn's pictures conjures up in the viewer not so much a memory or a recognition but a high state of alarm. Instead of plausible stories we meet the suppressed that slumbers deep within, the conscious perception of which we have avoided until now. Eckart Hahn plumbs the space between dream and nightmare, the in-between place where we are when our normal daytime consciousness has yet not unfurled its controlling power.
Hahn shows us the way into this in-between state through a pictorial language of form and content with which we are familiar. But, it is one that is not only unusual in the relationships between its components but has also developed over the years into his own visual language. The artist himself compares his images to a loose tooth; one plays with it, it hurts and still one continues, fascinated.
A catalogue will be published for the exhibition.