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.
I am happy to participate in this year's ...
Midway's 7th Annual Monster Drawing Rally
Saturday, December 13th, 6 – 10pm
Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave NE in Minneapolis
Watch over 80 artists draw live throughout the night and bring home the drawings you love for $35
Drawing rounds begin at 6, 7, and 8pm
Admission is free
Drawings are $35
Cash bar / Potter’s Pasties & Pies Food Truck
All proceeds benefit Midway's programming
The 16-page publication with colored images and text by Lynn Crawford can be purchased or ordered at Praire Lights Bookstore in Iowa City.
Hartmut Austen will present a selection of paintings and drawings from the past ten years that deal with figures and landscapes. In them, figures sometime appear as if either dissolved within, separated from or alienated from their environment.
Shadow Figure, 2008, oil on canvas, 20" x 16"
September 8 - October 24
Closing Reception and release of publication with introduction by Lynn Crawford TBA
For any inquiries, please contact the exhibition curator:
Mary F. Coats
Times Club at Prairie Lights
15 South Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
The Butcher's Daughter is proud to announce the solo exhibition
Hartmut Austen: Approximate Territory
Saturday, January 18 - February 23, 2014
Join us for the opening reception
Saturday, January 18th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM
In his first solo exhibition with the gallery, Austen has produced work over the course of two years that reflect the notion of place, current events, and considerations of painting.
Derived primarily from his archive of photographic newspaper reproductions, Austen's deliberate, semi-abstract compositions embed themselves in the painterly concerns of surface, tautness and color, and are reflexive of his interest in mapping and geography.
"My paintings are often based on projected photographic source images. However the original source image is obliterated in the final painting... I manipulate the image in ways that both evoke and subvert recognition and play on voyeuristic curiosity in the final painting. In each painting I attempt to strike a balance between personal reflection and political and social currents while simultaneously commenting on the artistic medium itself."
- Austen's Artist Statement, 2014
Hartmut Austen (b. 1967, Lüdenscheid, Germany) received his Meisterschüler-degree from Hochschule der Künste (University of the Arts) Berlin. He also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Austen was a Grant Wood Fellow for Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in 2013 and an inaugural Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow in 2009.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in private, corporate, and institutional collections such as The Detroit Institute of Arts, among others. Austen has been with The Butcher's Daughter gallery since 2010.
Currently, Austen works as an Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing at the University of Minnesota and divides his time between Minneapolis and Detroit.
Open Thursday - Saturday, 12 to 6:00PM, Sunday, 1-4:00 PM
and by appointment
The gallery is located at 4240 Cass Avenue, Suite 111 Detroit, Michigan 4820
T 248 890 6536 || email@example.com
Hartmut Austen is a painter and educator living in the Boston area.