27 November 2013 until 16 January 2014
Ludwig Hanisch: VERSUS OPEN: THU 12 December 6-8 p.m.
Opening: 27 November 2013, 7.30 pm
Galerie Sturm is pleased to present the solo exhibition “VERSUS” with new paintings by the artist Ludwig Hanisch.
As the title of Ludwig Hanisch’s exhibition the word ‘Versus’ – a preposition of Latin origin, which is commonly translated as ‘against’ – suggests the moment of confrontation as a double entendre: On the one hand, the motifs of the artist’s most recent paintings quote the aesthetic of an older combat video game genre, so called Beat’ em Ups. Appearing in fierce body postures, action game figures such as knights, ninjas or kick-boxers stand face to face with each other – either within one painting or separated by the distance of two picture frames. At the same time, however, ‘versus’ describes the duel of two artistic visual languages: the clash of his regular paintings and their pixelated alter egos, which Hanisch stages to compete against each other. He calls these newly formed opponents ‘LowBit’ paintings – they are mirror-inverted counterparts of his existing works and, due to their raster graphical colour distribution, easily blend in the original Beat ‘em Up subject.
The pixelation of these works not only highlights Hanisch’s elaborate handling of colour compositions, but also alludes to his deliberately pondering working process: Each finished painting is subject to extensive acts of experimentation, in which the artist repaints and destroys, searches and recreates. In this way, he developed the draft for the exhibition‘s large-scaled central work “Equipment”. He reworked a painting with a ninja-motif for over two months, took a photo of the image, subsequently repainted and pixelated it, eventually forming a new work from the former image.
Hanisch primarily uses acrylic paint and spray, which he applies on paper. As in some image areas of the small-scaled work “Kreuzritter”, multiple layers of colour add a three-dimensional effect on top of the thin painting base, while other parts reveal the selective destruction and show holes, ruptures and crumbling edges. These traces are suggestive of the violent aspect, the competition and the corporeality involved in Beat ‘em Up aesthetics, which the artist seems to transfer directly onto his own artistic practice and thus in the production process of his paintings.
Ludwig Hanisch, born 1984 in Halle an der Saale, Germany, graduated in 2012 as Meisterschüler at the Kunstakademie Nürnberg under Prof. Thomas Hartmann. His works have recently been exhibited at the Kunstsammlung Neubrandenburg (DE), at Galerie Rigassi (CH) and at Kreisgalerie Nürnberg. Hanisch is an awardee of the Bayrisches Atelierförderprogramm für Bildende Künstler and he received the Förderpreis der IfA Förderbank für Junge Kunst in Bayern in 2012. The artist lives and works in Nuremberg.
The exhibition is accompanied by a booklet.
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