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Hilger modern

Hilger modern

Private Gallery
Galerie Ernst Hilger at artparis AbuDhabi 18.-21.11.08
  Galerie Ernst Hilger at
artparis AbuDhabi

Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates GRB 104
Booth B43

Dorotheergasse 5
A-1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: 43-1-512 53 15
Fax: 43-1-513 91 26

Exhibition dates, Opening hours
November 17th, from 6 pm to 11 pm
Opening Hours: November 18th to 21st, from 3 pm to 10 pm

Animated Scene (Red Oil Pump), a new work by John Gerrard, continues the artists ongoing investigation into man's relationship to the sun and energy more generally. The work is based on a scene witnessed by the artist on a recent journey across Colorado, USA. In accordance with the artist's practice, the entire scene was documented photographically and all elements reconstructed virtually. This tableau was then animated and sited within the context of one single year which unfolds according to the exact chronology of the original location. As in the related work Animated Scene (Oil Field) the scene has been adapted from its original position so that the Pump faces west, towards the rising sun at the beginning of each day.

Josef Felix Mueller has been grappling with the question of human nature ever since the beginnings of his career as an artist. At the start, not only painting but also drawing, sculpture and printed graphics were the means to express the "states of human beings, which often converge into ritualised images". However, since the turn of the millennium, the artist has concentrated mainly on "the painterly reconstruction of nature" (cit. "Der uebergeordnete Koerper" [Superordinate Body], Josef Felix Mueller, Sept. 2007). Simon Bauer, art historian and curator, describes Josef Felix Mueller's work as follows - "Josef Felix Mueller's painting was always representational; in recent years, it has developed increasingly in the direction of naturalism, a term employed by art criticism with some equivocation, but, owing to the alarming ecological situation, is once more being loaded with new significance and meanings. When I say naturalism, I mean neither the photo-realistic copying of an experience of nature, nor the dream-like transfiguration of a feeling. I'm thinking far more of the type of painting associated with plein air and the Barbizon school - early photography had a decisive part to play in its development, by the way - two concepts that have never lost anything of their original magical resonance. They encompass the turning away from tradition, the use of unconventional colour and thus a new expression of feeling. Manet exhausted this to the uttermost with Déjeuner sur l'herbe."

Sara Rahbar was born in Teheran, Iran in 1976. But both the revolution in Iran and the start of the Iran Iraq war forced her to escape her birthplace. She had no choice but to leave family behind and abandon her home. This was so much to digest at such a young age that it only resulted by leaving a void in her. Ironically, it was these series of events that would forever change and shape Rahbar into the artist and humanitarian she is today. Today, Rahbar has found a way to harness her experiences and life journeys in effort to educate and transform the world through her alluring works of art. Her work was part of the exhibition "On a clear day you can see forever" at Hilger contemporary in Vienna (from June 24th, 2008 until August 1st, 2008). The artist lives and works in New York.

Allen Jones is one of the great legends of the history of pop art. Along with David Hockney, Ronald B. Kitaj, Richard Hamilton and so forth, Jones founded British pop art, a movement which like its American counterpart allowed the everyday world of the consumer society to take its place in the exalted temple of art. In the mid-sixties we see the first appearances of such fetish motifs as high-heels, latex clothing and slender female legs. Ever since, Allen Jones has resourced his painting, sculpture and graphic works through sex and eroticism. Jones defined the female body and his sexually loaded fragments and fetishes as the crowning glory of pop art, interpreted in a descriptively realist manner of formulation: Jones eschews schematic flatness of the seductive figures as in Lichtenstein or Wesselmann, but emphasises a physical, indeed in part haptic presence.

Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928. In 1945 he entered the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he majored in pictorial design. Upon graduation, Warhol moved to New York where he found steady work as a commercial artist. Throughout the 1950s, Warhol enjoyed a successful career as a commercial artist, winning several commendations from the Art Director's Club and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. In these early years, he shortened his name to "Warhol". The 1960s was an extremely prolific decade for Warhol. Appropriating images from popular culture, Warhol created many paintings that remain icons of 20th-century art, such as the Campbell's Soup Cans, Disasters and Marilyns. At the start of the 1970s, Warhol began publishing Interview magazine and renewed his focus on painting. Andy Warhol died February 22, 1987.The Andy Warhol Museum opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in May 1994.

The works of Nikolaus Moser cannot be classified. They are hymns to colour. The beholder must only puzzle over whether the pictures are abstract painting or concrete abstraction. The painter repeatedly determines for himself a new approach to painting. Moser does not make use of any definitions preceding the work, but lets the work evolve from within. It needs no explanation. This means that there is no horizon of interpretation appearing on a meta-level. The pictures are not created by chance. Nikolaus Moser is an artist of intelligent design. But he and it pose the question as to when the point has arrived at which the picture is finished.

John Gerrard

Animated Scene (Red Oil Pump) 2008, Realtime 3D

Josef Felix Mueller
Waldstueck III, 2004, acrylic on canvas, 135x185 cm

Sara Rahbar
Flag #22, 2008, textiles, mixed media, 200x85 cm

Allen Jones
Red Head, 1989, stainless-steal, painted, edition of 3, 64,5x87x49,50 cm

Andy Warhol
Doda Voridis, 1977, acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 65 x 65 cm

Nikolaus Moser
untitled, 2003, oil on canvas, 85x65 cm
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