Interview as part of Faculty Publication Highlights, published at the end of February 2017.
Interviewer: Nina Bogdanovsky, Boston College Libraries
Sigh-Fi is a group exhibition at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock that temporarily retrofits a typical gallery space into a user-altered infrastructure that manipulates relationships between architectural volume and contemporary art with a presentation of work formed around ideas of the mundane in science fiction. Architect Aaron Jones will infuse UALR Gallery 1 with a collapsible platform for exhibiting contemporary art that embraces the cognitive dissonance which underscores Science Fiction. Hartmut Austen, Lap Le, Anne Libby, Sondra Perry, Martine Syms and Tan Zich will present work in this transformed space and publish writing through the online publication WOW HUH.
To purchase this 56 page publication for $18 (inclusive shipping and handling), please send me a short notice via the contact information page or email: haust[at]hotmail.com
The exhibition Here r more at Good Weather was featured on Art Viewer. http://artviewer.org/hartmut-austen-at-good-weather/
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Solo Exhibition at Good Weather Gallery in North Little Rock, Arkansas, featuring new paintings.
Opening Reception Friday, May 13.
Exhibition runs until June 11. A publication is forthcoming later in summer.
The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota is proud to present BERLIN CALLING, an exhibition of film, drawing, installation, sculpture and photography by artists from Berlin and the Twin Cites.
Please join us for the opening Tuesday, March 1, 5pm-7pm.
Opening remarks by Lynn Lukkas, Chair, Department of Art
BERLIN CALLING was organized by Hartmut Austen and is supported by the Department of Art and the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Left to right: Lukas Liese, Beth Dow, Wiebke Maria Wachmann
Matt Dooley, Peter Schiering, Xavier Tavera
Madeline Stillwell, John Fleischer
Wiebke Maria Wachmann
Hartmut Austen and Mary Kim
Born in Germany, Hartmut Austen studied in Berlin, and currently lives and works in Detroit and
Minneapolis. Born in New York, Mary Kim studied in Seoul and Detroit, and now works in Munich. Detroit as a crossing point, the artist’s works grew out of their experiences of living and working in foreign landscapes, languages and cultures. Originating from opposite directions, but sharing their common necessity of responding and adjusting to each new places, there is mutual understanding and appreciation of each other’s work. The drawings and objects presented in this exhibition do not speak of the specificity of the places, or architecture directly, rather they reveal their own ideology through their consistent interest in their choice in art, reflected and influenced by their traces. With their common artistic language that has its foundation in drawings, their works cross over, overlap, and correspond to each other.
You are invited to an Art Department Faculty and Staff Open Studio on Friday, October 23rd from
1 – 4pm at the University's South Stores building.
This open house offers our community an opportunity to gain insight into faculty and staff members' professional work and creative processes. It’s also a great time for the community to come together for casual conversation and the exchange of ideas.
The South Stores Studios are located at 879 29th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Participating Faculty and Staff include:
In its nomadic state, Jess Hirsch's curatorial project The Bedfellow's Club has settled momentarily in Hunter Riley's bedroom of Unit 2R at 1451 N. Maplewood Ave. in the East Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois with an exhibition, 'In the Heat of the Night', guest curated by Haynes Riley and featuring work by:
Lauren Cherry & Max Springer
Ashley Zangle & Talon Gustafson
Join us for an opening on Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 3–7 pm and peek at the exhibition that Hunter will be living and sleeping with over the course of a month. The apartment has a large porch and kitchen to congregate and refreshments will be provided on what is forecasted to be a beautiful 81° Chicago afternoon.
Hartmut Austen, TYRONE, 2015, oil on canvas, 20" x 16"
I am happy announce my inclusion in the upcoming exhibition "Haptic Image" at Waiting Room in
Minneapolis. The exhibition also features work by Katelyn Farstad, Grace Marie Keaton and Justin Quinn.
Waiting Room is a project founded and directed by Jehra Patrick.
Opening: Friday, Feb. 6, 7 - 10 PM
1629 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
From the Announcement:
Waiting Room is pleased to announce Haptic Image, a group exhibition of recent work by Hartmut Austen, Katelyn Farstad, GraceMarie Keaton, and Justin Quinn. Curated by Jehra Patrick, Haptic Image gathers together photographic prints, drawings, collage, assemblage, and paintings, to demonstrate possibilities for mark-making through material.
Each of these artists maintains a traditional studio practice: a physical site for the contemplation, production, and iteration of images-as-objects. All embrace the tactility of their materials, operate as interveners on surface, and leave traces – brushwork, folds, creases, clipped edges, globs – of their hands' interactions with their objects. Their surfaces, even if built up or incised upon, are to be viewed head-on. All commit to a rectangular frame, either through paint on stretched canvas or by forms which proximate painting.
While material drives process, each of the artists begin with a found image or object, often historical or cast-off. They then work to obliterate, transform, mask, scale, fragment, build, and re-constitute their source-subject until a new image amalgamate is born. ‘Image' is the operative word - any traces of the pictorial are circumstantial; the works are now abstractions, stylizations, reductions, counterparts, and recursions. Even-handed touch affirms the image-ness of these pieces. Nothing singular is depicted, given focus, or hierarchy, which provides room for multiple entry points, readings, associations, and histories.
This combination of process, technique and uniform application results in an all-over touching, as well as evidence of decision-making – like residual finger traces on an iPad screen. No coincidence, this language of touching – in digital user experience this is known as haptics, or interactive feedback appealing to touch – opens new interpretations for the shorthand, secondhand, and sleight of hand, that these artists employ from mark, to materializing image, to contained and collective meaning.
The exhibition is welcomed by an opening reception at Waiting Room on Friday, February 6, from 7-10 pm. Waiting Room invites conversation and patronage during gallery hours and by appointment.
Hartmut Austen is a painter living in the Boston area.