a project by Hans Schabus

April 5, 2019

only because I am paranoid does not mean there is nobody after me. Hans Schabus

Hans’ work is mainly focused on passages, on nodes of communication, on traveling, on space as a container of lived experiences, on the contiguity of these life experiences to the white cube that happens to host him.

Hans asked for Salvator Rosa’s photographic archive. Salvator told him not to disclose the context of the space where it is immersed. You can see it in the photographic documentation. He did.

5 A4 bi-dimensional works made in layers with the same materials used to construct Salvator Rosa: drywall, compensate, wood, four 4x photographic prints, 4 glasses and one mirror. The mirror piece was set on the outer side of the wall of the space to give a glimpse into what is next to it. In Hans’ mode of operation there is never representation but contiguity. A brutal contiguity that often escapes art and it’s discourses.

Hans Schabus’ (1970) works are immediately related to a spatial thinking and experience; his sculptures and interventions often refer directly to the artist’s mental and physical surroundings, especially to his atelier and the material to be processed there. The place where art is created is investigated in terms of its analogic potential with respect to life. The works can be read as a meditation on the creative act, its aspirations, but also on the difference from everyday activity. The film works that deal with traveling, speed and non-goal-oriented movement refer to the significance of an interdisciplinary reflection for art.

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