Memory and matter. Site and territory. Identity and reflection. Political clashes and imbalances. Immigration and rising new nationalisms. Color field painting has not the intention to reflect on political issues, the same can be said about representational painting. Digital acceleration forces painting into a mere backdrop of decoration. Subjects, whether as reflection on the painting process, whether as philosophical or/and political reflection seem to be anachronistic in the fast pace of the market place. The squared territory. No media news cover currently, what is happening from its neighbors perspective within. EUROPA as a map is intended as a zone of free economic trade, without empathy of differences and imbalances. EUROPA as a mental map of memory and of its contemporary history simplifies the current situation. The Sublime as color on the canvas here refers in its duration to its own cause.
Die eingefärbten Gebiete von EUROPA
Gedächtnis und Materie. Ort und Territorium. Identität und Reflexion. Politische Auseinandersetzungen und Ungleichgewichte. Immigration und aufkommende neue Nationalismen. Farbfeldmalerei hat nicht die Absicht über politische Themen zu reflektieren. Das Gleiche kann auch über die gegenständliche Malerei gesagt werden. Digitale Beschleunigungskräfte zwingen die Malerei in eine bloße Kulisse der Dekoration. Themen, seien es Reflexionen über den Malprozess, seien es philosophische oder / und politische Reflexionen, scheinen im schnellen Lauf des Marktplatzes anachronistisch zu sein. Das geteilte Gebiet. Keine Medien Nachrichten berichten derzeit, was aus der Perspektive seiner Nachbarn geschieht. EUROPA als Karte, ist als Zone des freien Wirtschaftshandels geplant, ohne Empathie für die Unterschiede und Ungleichgewichte (ihrer Protagonisten). EUROPA als mentale Karte des Gedächtnisses und der Zeitgeschichte vereinfacht die gegenwärtige Situation. Das Erhabene als Farbe auf der Leinwand bezieht sich hier in seiner Dauer auf seine eigene Ursache.
Klaus Hu works with painting and photography that penetrate and complement each other, questioning representation and its cultural codes. While the digital archive counter acts as memory and as source for some of his compositions, the recent series "UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES" of 2013/14 is a real time investigation into the subject of "landscape" via photographic research and refined on the plane of the canvas. Usually working with subjects for a limited time-span, altering and questioning the painting process, his subjects and middle to large size paintings emphasize this contradiction of narrative representation and analytical de-construction.
Invited for a SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE residency, Santa Fe, NEW MEXICO, USA in 2013 with the outcome of a photographic book: "NEW MEXICAN TRAVELS", 100 pages, 116 photos / and works in painting dealing with the conflicts of the North American Landscape of the South West.
He received a fellowship for photography from the Berlin Senate and took part in national and international site-specific competitions like MAXXI Rome, Sharjah Biennale and German Parliament (Marie Elisabeth Lüders competition).
For curatorial / research and conference participations he compiled: "BODIES DESIRES" in 2006 for ApexArt NY, "ON MAPS AND CARTOGRAPHIES" in 2010/12 for Berlin (not realized due to funding issues) and "ON SPACE AND NARRATIVE IDENTITY" for ISEA / Singapore 2008 as artist / paper presentation / funded by IFA/Stuttgart/Germany. p-review: http://klaushu.blogspot.de/2011/06/curatorial.html or http://www.slideshare.net/klaushu/documents
Thursday, 14th of May at 8 pm / 20 Uhr: Artist Talk and Film Presentation -
Join us for an in-depth look at the research journey that led to Klaus Hu’s current work. Klaus’ keynote presentation in video format traces the narrative arc of research-based art practice such as his, through the Land Art movement of the 1970s and 1980s into contemporary land use debates in the North American Southwest and the many artists that have attempted to expose such unfair policies through their art. Additionally, Klaus Hu will present selected video works, made possible during his residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico, that explore these themes and expand upon them, connecting with our extraterrestrial exploration and potential colonization of other worlds such as Mars.
new works by Klaus Hu / photography / painting
on land-use and resources
Landscapes and conflicts of the North American South West.
Photographs are juxtaposed as b/w and digital prints with new paintings and charcoals, made possible while Klaus Hu had been on residence stay at Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico, USA. The landscape of the North American South West appears as vast space of visual language and of lived time. In painted translation, opposites merge into a symbiosis. Do I imagine landscape or does landscape reflect on me? Is landscape a romantic topic of escape, "inspired" by infinity or is it an ecological disaster? While landscape was subject to the will and spirit of the late baroque period in European tradition and degraded to geometric alignments of the nobility, the romantic period of the 19th century projected the "soul" of the author / artist on / into the canvas, and thus into / onto the real landscape. Sometimes landscape disappeared as a longing as in Caspar David Friedrichs paintings. At the beginning of the 20th Century modernity opens the bridge to non-European traditions, without examining in detail the various notions of landscape, the self, the projection, the ritual and transformation. Only the ignition of the first Atomic bomb in 1945 in New Mexico threw an image on the dichotomy of dissolution versus unity (of the self). The result was the counter-movement and the awakening of the 60's generation. But everything vanished into a daydream. Another 40 years later, after several financial and ecological crises and disasters, the exploitation of resources by transnational corporations, wars of intervention, after 9/11, looking at "LANDSCAPE" is probably a marginal subject. While land-art of the 60's in America was dependent (and still is - see Michael Heizer) of immense production budgets of the Foundations, landscape submerged as backdrop into the popular context.
PAINTING / PHOTOGRAPHY
1963 born in Heidelberg / Germany, living and working in Berlin
2011 curatorial training at UdK Berlin; University of the Arts, Berlin
1998/99 guest study in cultural studies and multimedia at Katharina Sieverding,
UdK (University of the Arts), Berlin
1985/91 studies in stage design, photography, video,
UdK, (University of the Arts) Berlin at Achim Freyer & Marcel Odenbach
1982/83 studies in Anthropology, Germanic- and Romance language / literature
fellowships / prizes / residencies
2013 Santa Fe Art Institute Residency / New Mexico / USA / studio grant
1992 fellowship for photography, Senate of Berlin, catalogue,
group show at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
1992 special merit award JVC video festival Tokyo for the animation "STAGEBOX"
2008 ISEA Singapore / conference / artist/paper presentation
funded by IFA / Stuttgart
2007 Mutamorphosis / Leonardo Forum Prague and Re-Place Berlin / participation
1988 assistance for Robert Wilson, stage design and directing
exhibitions / solo and groups
2015 UNSETTLED LANDSCAPES, Somos Arts, Berlin, solo exhibition
2015 FAKE, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, group exhibition
2013 OPEN STUDIOS at Santa Fe Art Institute,
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, group presentation
2011 KUNST_RAUM at German Parliament, (Deutscher Bundestag, Berlin)
presentation / exhibition of site-specific concepts (Kunst am Bau),
2011 DIFFERENT WORLDS at Skalitzer140, Berlin, group exhibition
2010 END OF SUMMER SHOW, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, group exhibition
1992 JAHRESLABOR, MARTIN GROPIUS BAU, Berlin
fellowship of Berlin Senate, group exhibition, catalogue
1989 NEW WORKS, paintings, Gallery Deplana, Berlin, solo exhibition
participation in site-specific competitions
2010 MARIE ELISABETH LUEDERS HAUS, Berlin
2009 SHARJAH BIENNALE, UAE, participation in open call
2009 MAXXI, Rome, participation in site-specific competition
2005 BUSAN BIENNAL, outdoor project, open call, Busan
2004 VENEZIA, site-specific competition per la realizzazione
di opera d ́arte nella nuova Citadella della giustizia
2003 Arriyadh housing competition, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2011 MAPS, research for an exhibition project for Berlin, not realized
2006 BODIES DESIRES, curatorial, for ApexArt NY
2003 STILL RUN REMIX & NY PILOT, ART FORUM, Berlin, installation DVD
1991/98 video screenings at international media- and videofestivals:
Sao Paulo, Brazil, JVC Tokyo, Japan (special merit award),
Cinema Arsenal, Berlin, WRO Wroclaw, Poland,
EMAF Osnabrück, Germany, AVE Arnheim, Netherlands.