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Hilger modern

Hilger modern

Private Gallery
Galerie Ernst Hilger at Art 39 Basel 2008
  Galerie Ernst Hilger at

Art 39 Basel 2008
4 - 8 June 08
Booth A2

for invited guests
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

General Public
Wednesday, June 4, to Sunday, June 8, 2008
Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Galerie Ernst Hilger
Dorotheergasse 5
A-1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: 43-1-512 53 15
Fax: 43-1-513 91 26

Anastasia Khoroshilova creates fine and sensitive photo-portraits of people that live outside of their cultural world and who have temporarily changed their home for an united living. She is especially interested in people that have grown up in between two different cultures - just like the artist herself, who grew up both in Russia and in Germany. Their posture and physiognomy is not the only important thing to the 28 year old Russian, but each little detail, each piece of clothing and the designed surrounding offer additional information to the content of the picture. Before each shooting a basic and in-depth research takes place following by personal conversations with the model, which already uncovers a new view on the motive. But it isn't before the push on the camera-button, that the final version of the picture is defined. Anastasia Khoroshilova pursues a simple, subjective, documentary style in order to visualise her own world.

John Gerrard's recent works are based on scenes and landscapes from the Great Southern Plains region of the United States. The artist has identified these sites as 'encompassing a set of agricultural and market conditions so extreme as to present a type of existent virtuality'. In this most recent work a newly painted corn silo in the small township of Richfield, Kansas has been meticulously remade in 3D and, as is the artists practice, placed in a realtime play of light that runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. An oil stick crayon, in itself a medium most famously used by artist Richard Serra for his celebrated 'muscular' drawings on paper is in this context used in a decidedly different but related fashion. The grain silo, familiar in its robust and shimmering minimalism, is augmented over time by a matt black layer through the vigorous but careful application of the eponymous crayon on its surface. The event in question is described by the artist as a 'drawing project', in that the slow covering of the silo is executed by a virtual actor, in this instance a representation of a Mexican American builder, Angelo Martinez. To achieve this action the virtual builder is animated to arrive daily, at dawn, over a six day week (Monday through Saturday) and work on the building till dusk, at which point Angelo Martinez leaves the scene by foot to an undocumented location. He is in every sense, bar the titling of the work, the anonymous labourer. The drawing activity is designed to unfold on the entire building over a thirty year period with each day a small new section being created with great care and effort. Dense with art historical and contemporary references the work presents an exquisitely realised virtual environment of wide ranging political and social consequence. As the light shifts over time the silo is sometimes rendered gold by the setting sun, at other times, red. By 2038 it will stand as a dark shape, a void upon the landscape, a memorial perhaps to a current period of great uncertainty and both possible yet still potential transformations.

Further artists at Art39 Basel: Oliver Dorfer, Erró, Flavio Favelli, John Gerrard, Alfred Hrdlicka, Don Jacot, Anastasia Khoroshilova, Andreas Leikauf, Brian McKee, Angel Marcos, Josef Felix Mueller, Pablo Picasso, Massimo Vitali, Leo Zogmayer.

Anastasia Khoroshilova

the narrow circle #14;
2007 silver gelatine print on dibond edition of 6 120 x 96 cm

John Gerrard
Oil Stick Work (Angelo Martinez, Richfield, Kansas) 2008
Realtime 3D Edition of 6 + 2 AP

Produktion: Werner Poetzelberger / yama vienna.
Modelling: Daniel Fellsner. Programming: Helmut Bressler.
Additional programming: Matthias Strohmaier.
Model: Angelo Martinez.
Presentation design / Corian
fabrication: Jakob Illera / Inseq, Vienna.
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