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From 9 February 2018, new paintings by Ottmar Hörl will be on view at Galerie Kasten in Mannheim. Entitled "Blutrausch" [Bloodlust], the exhibition is an invitation to engage in multi-layered interpretations relevant to our day and age.
Louis Soutter, Heinz Trökes, Hartwig Ebersbach, Hermann Nitsch, Arnulf Rainer, Julian Schnabel, Günther Uecker, and even Georg Baselitz – all these are artists who appreciate, or appreciated, the technique of finger painting, this direct, archaic, immediate form of expression. With his new series of works based on this method, Ottmar Hörl, who specialises in spotting the gaps in art history, has made a valuable contribution to abstract painting. This may come as a bit of a surprise to some, as only few know that Hörl's extensive oeuvre includes almost every genre.
During the past months, Ottmar Hörl created his series of works entitled "Blutrausch" [Bloodlust] and "Naturschauspiel" [Natural Wonders] using all of his ten fingers. He deliberately confined the process of painting to a narrow time slot. Hörl's system of finger painting only works as long as the quick-drying acrylic paint is still liquid. "Sometimes six minutes can be a long time, existential, a whole life can be captured in that time span," says Ottmar Hörl. The procedure allows for no hesitation, no indecision. It is aimed at creating abstract shapes with breathtaking dynamism and depth, reminiscent of nature, yet open to multi-layered interpretation.
In the early 1980s, Ottmar Hörl made a name for himself with his first radical serial paintings on corrugated polyester sheets, paintings that found their way into major private collections and museums. Now he has succeeded in adding an exciting new twist to gestural painting as an example of artistic licence.
(Translation of a text by Friedrich Kasten)
GROUP EXHIBITION: Bad RagARTz 2021 -
8. Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur
Stiftung Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur, Rolf und Esther Hohmeister
8. May to 31. October 2021
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Leben im Krieg" ("Wartime life")
Historisches Museum Hanau Schloss Philippsruhe
Philippsruher Allee 45, Hanau
Extended to the end of June 2021
Tue-Sun 11 am to 6 pm
TRAVELLING EXHIBITION "SIEBEN TODSÜNDEN" [SEVEN DEADLY SINS]
1. Juli to 7. Juli 2020 (further installations in different locations are planned)
Opening, 04. Juli, 2 pm
GROUP EXHIBITION: SCULPTURE PATH WEISSACH IM TAL "AN BRÜCKEN UND WEGEN"
Kulturkreis BIZE und Gemeinde Weissach im Tal
Loop road sculpture path
10. June 2018 to 30. April 2021
EXHIBITION IN THE ATRIUM: "2000m ABOVE SEA LEVEL. VORARLBERG, SILVRETTA AND ART"
vorarlberg museum Bregenz
27. March to 27. June 2021
Tue-Su 10 am - 6 pm
SOLO EXHIBITION: "FLUID"
Venet-Haus Galerie Ulm
Sterngasse 14, 89073 Ulm
23. April to 30. May 2021
Opening: 23./24. April, 5 - 10 pm
The artist is present
ART PROJECT ON EASTER
Stadtkirche Biel, Switzerland
Ring 2, 2502 Biel
Opening 28. March 2021, 5 pm
Registration until 26. March 2021, 6 pm
SOLO EXHIBITION "COEXISTENCE - 공존"
Indang-Museum in Daegu, Korea
04. May until 31. July 2021