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
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EVENING AT THE COLONY presents:
7 PM Mollie Goldstrom, Sarah Smith and Jaime Knight
8 PM Kuldeep Singh and David Dunlap
Performed on a hand woven rug and involving a gong, singing along, fire lamps “and tons more”, the performances addresses issues of rebirth, condensation and accumulation.
8.45 PM Jan Philipp Sexauer
Über allen Gipfeln ist ruh
A task performed by some members of the audience
9 PM Hans Breder Foundation presents
Nancy Spero (1985)
Barbara Welch Breder
World Premiere of an interview-video with Nancy Spero from 1985
10 PM Jaime Knight
“This Might Be Just The Place”
Prompted by the similarities in activism concerning the overarching dread of nuclear holocaust and the AIDS crisis of the late seventies and early eighties, This Might Be Just The Place attempts to reify this historical period in which the connective potential of the dance floor became reinvented in the anti-identitarian politics of social action of groups like ACTUP.
Using sculpture, drawing, performance, music and video Jaime Knight has created an installation that asks the viewer to question their relationship to the freedom felt in the relational field of the dance floor, where bodies collide and inhibitions are lost, and perform an act of ecstatic vulnerability through a choice of radical isolation.
For more information about EATC, head over to HERE
Jeremy is exhibiting a series of etchings produced
during this fellowship that directly reproduce, alter and
layer fragments of the Joint Chief of Staff's diagram,
"Afghanistan Stability/COIN Dynamics.” The work is a
critique of the current military and diplomatic strategy
of the U.S. in Afghanistan while examining the futility
of diagramming the chaos of war. The process
involves printing each section from a single plate as
information is built up and then scraped away. Jeremy
pulls prints along the away as text and image
materialize, linger, and disappear. This technique
helps provide viewers the opportunity to consider and
question how history and policy is constructed.
For this exhibition, Austen is presenting a selection of
drawings and paintings that he has produced in the
past year in Iowa City. While he investigates the
notion of “boundaries” in paintings that often appear
colorful and expressive, his drawings refer more
openly to their photographic or cinematographic
sources. Made of carefully layered ink washes, the
drawings convey a more introspective mood, in
which architectural elements play a prominent role.
A catalog with 16 pages documenting the works by Lundquist and Austen will be published in May.
Beginning February 23, twenty-eight members of the University of Iowa Studio Art faculty will have current works on view at the Figge. Curated by UIMA Director Sean O’Harrow, the show will include graphic design, 3-D design, sculpture, painting, printmaking, intermedia, ceramics, photography, jewelry and metalwork, drawing and multimedia.
Last night I hosted an event titled Evening at the Colony. Various artists, a musician/architect and a journalist from the US and Europe were asked to send their instructions for an object or task to me via email that the guests in Iowa City were creating or performing throughout the evening on their behalf.
An online documentation of the evening can be accessed at www.eveningathecolony.weebly.com
Hans Breder, who after studying with Willem Grimm at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg came to New York in 1964 and in '68 started the Intermedia and Video Art Program at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa, is going to be subject of two exhibitions in Germany.
The first, titled "35 Jahre mit Hans Breder", will be at Hachmeister Galerie in Münster from January 26 through March 9 and present paintings, photographs, objects and videos from various years.
The Museum Ostwall at the Dortmunder U will present the retrospective exhibition "Hans Breder - Kollisionsfelder" (fields of collision) from February 1 through April 1 and concentrate on film, video, installation and photographic works from the past four decades.
Hartmut Austen is a painter living in the Boston area.