Not There, Not Here presents twenty-two abstract paintings by Hartmut Austen that often evoke either interior spaces or landscapes in distress. Created over the past decade, the paintings aim to visualize the transient nature of place.
In Stage, Aleppo, Two Prisons, and Harbor, Austen appropriates and responds visually to photographic imagery of current events and places that have shaped public discourse, prompting viewers to reflect on the nature of their subjective connection to these events.
The finished images often emerge from the artist’s prolonged process of painting and overpainting that eventually results in an abstract composition of form and color. Austen attempts to strike a balance between personal reflection while simultaneously commenting on the practice and history of painting itself.
The installation on three levels in the McMullen atrium is site-specific, evolving throughout the day as a result of changing daylight streaming through the windows. Shadows interact with the paintings, surrounding walls, and floors and produce variations in color, which viewers experience from different vantage points as they ascend or descend the staircase. At the same time, through the windows visitors glimpse shifting views of the panorama outside, inviting them to ponder connections among the painted images, the natural world, and themselves.
Assistant Professor of Painting at Boston College, Hartmut Austen studied painting and drawing with H. J. Diehl at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Since his arrival in the United States in 1998, he has exhibited widely in this country as well as Germany and is one of seven artists in the Telegraph Art Collective. Produced in various US cities, the paintings in Not There, Not Here comprise Austen’s first solo exhibition in New England. A booklet with a contribution by Professor Jordan Kantor of the California College of the Arts accompanies the exhibition.
September 10 - December 13, 2018
Preview: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 5 PM - 6:30 PM
McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
2101 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 0213
The 38 mixed-media works on paper are uniform in size (24 3/4 in x 17 1/4 in) and were created with assistance of Sara Chung and Lucas Mockler. Installation at Boston College from late January - late April, 2018.
This exhibition in summer 2017, organized by Hartmut Austen together with the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, Mich. presented new and recent works by emerging and mid-career artists living in various regions of the United States and the U.K., that have a strong connection to the Northwest Lower Peninsula region of Michigan.
The installation at the Oliver Art Center, a former Coast Guard building, juxtaposed formal and thematic differences in each artist's work while also suggestiong commonalities in associations with time, space, memory and place.
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:
Hartmut Austen is a painter and educator living in the Boston area.