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In his paintings Eckart Hahn sets a stage wherein, by combining elements of underlaying narrative tension, and a physical tension evoked from an arresting representation of materiality, pressure, gravity, and restriction, he creates a synergy of form and semantics that transcends a literal reading of his work. A kind of dialectic between the “real” and the “unreal” is left unresolved like a riddle meant to point us to a paradox, or a question left hanging in our imagination. The artist leaves us no answers, rather, these paintings as agents of his inquiry.
Eckart Hahn was born in 1971 in Freiburg, Germany. From 1990 to 1991, he attended a year of basic education in photography. He studied Art History at the University of Tübingen from 1991 to 1993. Then he studied Graphic Design at the Johannes Gutenberg School of Stuttgart. The German artist currently lives and works in the city of Reutlingen.
Responding to minimalism with sculptures of more expressive qualities, Henrik Eiben resonates with the strain of the post minimalism occupied by artists such as Richard Tuttle and Eva Hesse. When asked about his art, Henrik Eiben responds, "What makes a painting a painting?”. He is not asking a question; rather he is describing a stance implicit in his work. A sculpture may have qualities of a drawing, and a painting may have qualities of a sculpture. In Eiben's view, these distinct terms make us unnecessarily rigid and narrow minded, thus he seeks to break them open in pursuit of something new, moving the minimalist/abstractionist notion forward by emphasizing the innovative idea-based nature of his practice along with an acute awareness of the viewer’s aesthetic experience.
While he is always moving ahead exploring new avenues, consistently inspired by new materials, spatial relationships, and concerns of scale, the language of his individual works remain connected to each other through the clarity of his process driven practice. By way of his inclusion of an unconstrained array of materials, and his active disregard of categorization, Eiben embraces uncertainty to arrive at surprising new places. While his sensibility conveys a certain freedom, and even eccentricity, evident in the unfettered lines, color, and structure of the pieces, never does one feel they are anything but deliberate in their narrative elements and exacting execution.
Born in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan, Eiben lives and works in Hamburg Germany. He was a student at The State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, where he studied under Silvia Bächli, and later was in residence at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), in São Paulo, Brazil where his art began to adopt a South American-esque embrace of sensuality, lightheartedness, and liberal use of color, bringing it into conversation with the more reduced formal minimalist disposition from which he came.
Pius Fox moves between painting and drawing, between form and content, always on the verge of the non-objective. Compositions venture into various configurations of spatial expression created by the superimposition of layers of paint, while subject matter originates from the interior of his studio, windows, doors, curtains, facades - introspective in atmosphere, yet formally looking outwards. Firmly rooted in modernism departing from constructivism and Cubism, Fox branches out into more painterly styles reminiscent of Diebenkorn and Hockney while evolving his very personal language.
“So, what is the reality of this enclosed incident, what is being framed, what is behind the door, behind the window, what is happening on the surface? What do the found and the invented reality in a room tell me? It is what I am not able to grasp linguistically, surrounded by the burden of the visible and the dissatisfaction of the invisible. It is what paved its way just like that, through color.” — Pius Fox
Pius Fox was born in 1983 and graduated from UdK (University of the Arts) in Berlin with a BA under professor Frank Badur and a master class under professor Pia Fries in 2010. The Berlin painter has had solo exhibitions in Paris, New York, London, and Berlin, and is featured in many international collections across Europe and the US.