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.
Hartmut Austen is a painter and educator currently based in the Boston area.