ECKART HAHN: Mythos Incorporated

Saturday, May 21, 2011

When you see a frog, do you think of fertility, a potential prince, or a Budweiser commercial?

It can be said that the daily bombardment of images has watered down the iconographic, symbolic, or narrative significance of important paintings in art history. Is rampant marketing tainting our visual experiences?

In ‘Mythos Incorporated’, Eckart Hahn puts classical symbolism and mythic force to the test. He paints over the subjects with current day objects such as plastic bags, or masks them in ‘marketing colors’, such as the sickly McDonald’s yellow that I connect with cheeseburgers, childhood and constipation.

In my view, some paintings passed the test, as the poses of the painting’s characters told me enough of the story. In ‘Scarecrow’, there’s no mistaking that pose for anything but a crucifixion, chickens or no chickens.


Eckart Hahn, Scarecrow, acrylic on linen, 170 x 130 cm


Eckart Hahn, Leda, acrylic on linen, 50 x 70 cm


Eckart Hahn, Der letze Streich, mixed media sculpture, 100 x 110 x 280 cm


Eckart Hahn,Abend, acrylic on linen, 80 x 60 cm
Eckart Hahn, Apoll, mixed media sculpture, 105 x 80 x 80 cm


Eckart Hahn, Spielglein, mirror and wood, 39 x 55 cm, edition of 5


Additional Information

Galerie Wagner + Partner
Karl-Marx Allee 87
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Exhibition runs until May 28, 2011


Blog Entry and photos by SP Williams – in Berlin; Saturday, May 21, 2011.

SP Williams is a painter living and working in Berlin.

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