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Ab van Hanegem

Study for Position #4 at Galerie Gilla Loercher | Temporary

Installation Views

Photo: Ute Schendel, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Installation view: Ab van Hanegem at Galerie Gilla Loercher Temporary 2015

Photo: Ute Schendel, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Photo: Ute Schendel, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Installation view: Ab van Hanegem at Galerie Gilla Loercher Temporary 2015

Photo: Ute Schendel, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Photo: Ute Schendel, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Installation view: Ab van Hanegem at Galerie Gilla Loercher Temporary 2015

Photo: Ute Schendel, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Photo: Ab van Hanegem, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Installation view: Ab van Hanegem at Galerie Gilla Loercher Temporary 2015

Photo: Ab van Hanegem, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Photo: Ab van Hanegem, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Installation view: Ab van Hanegem at Galerie Gilla Loercher Temporary 2015

Photo: Ab van Hanegem, courtesy Galerie Gilla Loercher

Works

Acryl auf Leinwand <br>230 x 200 cm \nPhoto: Ab van Hanegem

bsr (pvo), 2014

Acryl auf Leinwand
230 x 200 cm Photo: Ab van Hanegem

Acryl auf Leinwand <br>150 x 120 cm \nPhoto: Ab van Hanegem

Ohne Titel, 2014

Acryl auf Leinwand
150 x 120 cm Photo: Ab van Hanegem

Acryl auf Leinwand <br>150 x 120 cm \nPhoto: Ab van Hanegem

Ohne Titel, 2014

Acryl auf Leinwand
150 x 120 cm Photo: Ab van Hanegem

2-tlg., Acryl auf Leinwand <br>45 x 100 cm \nPhoto: Ab van Hanegem

Ohne Titel, 2015

2-tlg., Acryl auf Leinwand
45 x 100 cm Photo: Ab van Hanegem

Press Release

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Galerie Gilla Loercher is very pleased to announce the opening of a second gallery location on a temporary basis.
The Ab van Hanegem exhibition takes place at:
Location 1: Galerie Gilla Loercher | Temporary, Linienstr. 141, 10115 Berlin
Location 2: Galerie Gilla Loercher | Contemporary Art, Pohlstr. 73, 10785 Berlin

Being prone to dizziness is not a good idea if you want to plunge into Ab van Hanegem’s pictorial work-out spaces. Over-dimensional brush marks stretch across the canvas, tubes of colour appear to explode, and organic forms in black and white remind one of photocopied blueprints of architectural elements. Suddenly, a tangible and confusing colour field strengthens the general impression of three-dimensionality within the interaction of colour, line and direction. As a viewer, one quickly has the impression of being more in than in front of the paintings, and submits to the whirlpool of different perspectives. Overlaying colour trails repeatedly lead into blind alleys, yet the artist skilfully, and masterfully in his painting, opens up a loop hole into the next dimension. The journey races further into the world of possibilities and illusions which appear for a moment to be quite real. Right in the middle of it all flashes the question of the location of the individual. Suprisingly, the precisely placed colour field provides here secure footing and grounding. Ab van Hanegem creates a virtual space in his latest works that takes the illusion of space and architecture in painting to its limits.

The complicated linear arrangements open up a thinking space concerning the question of what is behind. What lies on the other side of our vision and our perception? The circumvention of seeing combined with the observation and analysis of the mathematical phenomena of topology form the theoretical background to Ab van Hanegem’s art. He succeeds in creating utopian colour spaces of tension between distance and closeness, and the familiar and unfamiliar, enriched with a subtle rhetoric of artistic contradictions - organic and technical, graphic and gestural or expressive and photorealistic.

In addition, the artist puts our vision even further to the test in a series of black and white paintings. The monochrome colour gradations from white to black give the expressive-gestural images the effect of a photorealistic rendering of a reproduction or simply a black and white reproduction of one of his paintings. Visual experiences, with their attempts to classify images and thereby an area of collective memory, are misled here, yet one gains an experiential, visual complexity in the reduction of colours. The virtual space appears in our colour-drenched world to be a journey into the past, similar to the inscribed connotation of black and white photography. But who knows if the future is really in colour? Ab van Hanegem cuts through this prejudice once again when he transfers the illusion of painting into real architecture and reveals dizziness to be illusion.

Text: Constanze Musterer, art historian, Berlin
Translation: Heather Allen

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication. With a text by art historian Constanze Musterer. Edition Galerie Gilla Loercher.