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Hannes Priesch

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The base. - Language has been the main matter and tool in my work for more than a decade. Over the years I have expressed this interest in different media such as audio-objects, a radio piece, a performance piece, drawings, prints and painting. The latter I started using again a few years ago after having abandoned it for some years.
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Using painting as the medium of choice, my latest body of work addresses the historical connection between the media of painting and the book, particularly passages chosen from the Bible and Plato’s The State focusing on the resonance of these ancient texts in relation to the current political situation.
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About the medium painting. - Mass media today, in particular TV, produce a surplus of varied information presented in standardized forms in which the relationship between form and content is assumed. Such assumptions can be found throughout the history of textuality. For instance, since the adoption of common standardized typefaces, text itself, as we experience it, has also been presented and experienced in mostly standardized forms. As a kind of social agreement we have come to understand that certain typefaces go well with certain content, but this is an esthetic rather than an integral relationship. This is the relationship I explore in my recent painting. Painting, as my chosen medium, allows me to explore different levels of a particular text and of textuality in general. By drawing letters in a particular way, and by using certain colors, brush strokes and varying sizes of letter and canvas, I explore the relationships between the quote and its presentation. My approach differs depending on the quote’s content as I try to bring an intellectual and emotional quality to the painting that both does justice to, and perhaps illuminates new qualities of each particular text. - Hannes Priesch, June 04.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION : 1. - Bagels + Bombs, 2002, acrylic on canvas 24 by 36 in, 60 x 91cm. 2. - Plato 1, 2002, acrylic on canvas 72 by 52 in, 183 x 132cm. 3. - Word-Sword (tryptic) - Word-Sword, 2004, acrylic on canvas 24 by 36 in., 60 x 91cm - Laughter-Slaughter, 2004, acrylic on canvas 24 by 36 in, 60 x 91cm - Worship-Warship, 2004, acrylic on canvas 24 by 36 in, 60 x 91cm. 4. telcon red, 2004, 1 part of 9, acrylic on canvas 40 by 52 in , 101,5 x 132cm. 5. Watch war, 2002, acrylic on canvas 72 by 52 in , 183 x 132cm
Hannes Priesch
New York, NY
New York
North America

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