In a first exhibition in Vienna, GALERIE ERNST HILGER is showing a selection of the photographs and video works of the renowned American artist Nan Hoover.
Nan Hoover was born in New York in 1931 and studied painting from 1950 to 1955 at the Corcoran Gallery Art School in Washington. In 1969 she moved to Amsterdam. Her actions, performances, drawings, paintings and video productions have been shown in many art galleries and exhibitions, as well as festivals in Europe and the USA. These include single exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, the Kunsthaus in Zurich, the Long Beach Museum of Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London. She took part in documenta 7 + 8 and was professor for video and film at the Art Academy of Düsseldorf until 1996.
The exhibition in Vienna shows photographs, such as afternoon light, church 2, enclosed, impressions, movement from either direction color, national pinakotiki athen or standing in blue, which give impressive proof of Nan Hoover´s artistic intentions. Two of her central themes can be identified in her work. On the one hand the human body, which is either in real motion in space, or is shown transcended by light and shadow. This, in turn, transforms into themes these perceptions of the unknown, over-powerful and oversized. On the other hand, there are nature, landscape and architecture, which are captured in clear colors or somber moods. In her video and light installations, Hoover specifies these arranged scenarios about the relationship between man and his/her surroundings by way of slowly progressing movements. The constant changes of the body contours and gestures, through the interplay with light, are important means of her artistic expression. Through these minutely detailed plays on light and shade she achieves alienations that can be perceived as signs, which are very expressive signs, yet, they do not deliver any immediate information – they show the invisible. It takes time and patience to take in her works.
Nan Hoover about her work in a letter: "So, as you can see, most of my work explores perception, how we see, or in most cases today, that we do not perceive, we look but do not digest. I think the only way to stimulate the process of perceiving is to confuse, perhaps, to present a question, like Plato, to ask questions and not to give answers, for me there are no answers and our quest, our striving, our search, the search, is what interests me."