The exhibition Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection examines portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Through the exhibition we will be sharing about the artists and sections in “Look At Me!”.
This time we are sharing about Stefan Hablützel , exhibitied under the section “The Conventions of Identitiy”!
The two figures that make up this work are portraits of the artist’s father and grandfather when they turned thirty-one, one of them in 1962 and the other in 1929. By making these dates coincide virtually, Hablützel juxtaposes two realities that couldn’t possibly appear simultaneously, thereby raising issues that reflect the fine line between unreality, plausibility and the degree of fiction that all realistic images contain. The unease provoked by these figures are determined by their physical presence, real and indisputable, and by the awareness of their artificiality.
(Bern, Switzerland, 1964) lives and works in Düsseldorf. He studied at the Art Academy Düsseldorf under Tony Cragg and I. Kamp. His artistic output has been slow and pondered. In his works he has thought in depth about the conventions of representation and the way images are manufactured now, whether in the sphere of art or in advertising and the media. His last exhibitions has taken part in Germany. He took part in major exhibitions, such as “Young German Artists II” at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Big Picture III (Szenen/Figuren) at K20/K21 – Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen (2012).
1962 – 1929
Polyester and oil paint
Each 219 x 65 x 30 cm
© Stefan Hablützel
Our Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions in The ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection exhibition can be visited until March 4! During the exhibition we will be sharing more about the artists and sections at the exhibition. Stay tuned!