Thursday, November 27, 2008

Galerie Ernst Hilger

Galerie Ernst Hilger/hilger contemporary is proud to present Asgar/Gabriel at PULSE Miami 2008.

Daryoush Asgar and Elisabeth Gabriel's works tell of imagined anti-worlds morphed by the artist duo into painting.The scenery is mainly populated by androgynous models transported in poses that are full of pathos. Asgar/Gabriel address the theme of hedonist escapism, the kick of performing in a dramatic scenario of oneself, absurd imitation: a post-modern baroque mix of garish lifestyle culture in picturesque atmosphere. The artists elaborate and develop highly complex, heterogeneous pictorial composition. As a result, conceptual design and painterly execution are hooked up together in a dynamic tension of charged polarities. Asgar/Gabriel dissolve their protagonists in a painterly sfumato, lend them haughtiness and mystical aloofness. There is an obvious difference here to Photorealism which in the 1970s once more integrated the cooly detached viewpoint into painting: the painting as a mirror to the world. Daryoush Asgar and Elisabeth Gabriel are sceptical of this truth and authenticity, veil their images and lend them a painterly value of their own.

Further artists at PULSE Miami 08: Oliver Dorfer, John Gerrard, Anastasia Khoroshilova, Brian McKee, Julie Monaco, Angel Marcos, Ivan Moudov, Sara Rahbar, Michael Scoggins, Spencer Tunick.

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