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Hilger modern

Hilger modern

Private Gallery
Galerie Ernst Hilger at ART CHICAGO 2008
  Galerie Ernst Hilger at

The Merchandise Mart, 12th Floor and Main Lobby

April 25-28, 2008
Fri. & Sat: 11am - 7pm;
Sun: 11am - 6pm &
Mon: 11am - 4pm

Daniele Buetti (b. 1955 in Freiburg, Switzerland) exalts serene human bodies or symbolically gesturing hands into heroic images, which can be used to separate the individual pictures into passive and active. Some bodies emerge out of the ambience, iridescent between grey, brown and green, or are only schematically localised behind a veil in a distance. Others with lowered head and closed eyes deny the onlooker any kind of eye contact. Despite this recoiling and introverted body language, the picture space is steered into the enigmatic by the figures, charged in effect in its reduced imagery. Above all the white points, like light reflexes, wreathing and eddying in cloud-like forms and organic configurations, abstract the physical presence and lend it aura.

Oliver Dorfer (b. 1963 in Linz, Austria) presents a position within the Austrian contemporary art, which connects the motif-orientated language of pictures of the 1980th with a high sensibility for optical systems of current artistic forms of appearances. He works on the tension between universal validity of the simplest story and the complex interleave of signs of our "pic-media-society". His new works show few recurring motives, which form logos, icons and piktograms, and create his distinctive visual language. Although he works traditional with brush and acryl on plastic, he talks about his paintings as "pics" or "visuals" and refers with his picture series in comic style on narations of comics, pop und trash.

Under the title China, Angel Marcos (Medina del Campo, Valladolid, 1955) rounds off a trilogy he began six years earlier in New York and continued in Havana in 2004. Though the locations are entirely different, the images revolve around the same conceptual parameter: the conversation between the city's population and the powers that govern it through advertising and propaganda. Exploring both the city centres and the suburbs of Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, the artist captures the contrast between past and present, tradition and modernity through publicity, contrasting architectures and the clash of metropolitan landscapes. The result is a broad-reaching project that includes photography and video; a window onto Angel Marcos' personal take on today's China.

The photographer Massimo Vitali was born in Como in 1944 and studied photography in Milan and London. He has been working exclusively in photography for 25 years. In the focus of Massimo Vitali's artistic interest stands the social ongoing at places of leisure and consumerism. Till the shoot he dwells for a while on a platform of 4 to 5 metres high so that the mugged people look as if they are unaware of the presence of the camera. On the brink of voyeurism his photos show reality without any beautification by a revision. In its simple and straight way of representation the viewer is confronted with crowded beaches, densely populated discos, shopping centres, leisure parks and supermarkets on enormous photos. They are unmistakable, detailed event-photos which show the influences of his long lasting work as a photographer as well as they bear resemblances to history painting.

Further artists at art chicago: Andreas Leikauf, Brian McKee.

Daniel Buetti

just one more, 2007, lightbox, 100x130 cm

Oliver Dorfer
the pulpproject01, 2008, acrylic on acrylic, 100x100 cm

Angel Marcos
China #43, 2007, Laserchrom on Alu/Plexi, 142x160 cm

Massimo Vitali
#2806 Catania Solarium 2.1, c-print on aluminium, 190x220 cm
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