Bertram Hasenauer. Shared Memory

Opening – the artist is present
Friday, 6th May 2022, 11 am – 9 pm

6th May – 4th June 2022

 

A fleeting glance at a face, a shoulder, an ear, or the back of a head. What in everyday life is a consciously or unconsciously perceived moment in passing becomes the focus in the works of the exhibition "Shared Memory". Memories of unfamiliar faces remain in the mind for only a brief moment. In Bertram Hasenauer's portraits, the viewer looks precisely into these faces, the memory is activated and shared.

 

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
100 x 70 cm
( 39 1/3 x 27 1/2 in )

sold

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
100 x 70 cm
( 39 1/3 x 27 1/2 in )

sold

The approach to the painting is through the figurative representation, but the portraits, which remain untitled, offer few clues for decoding them. It is left to the viewer to decipher the gazes, gestures, and persons for themselves. 

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

In many cases, the figures are androgynous and shift in their depiction between genders. The idea of heteronormativity, in which males and females are perceived strictly separate, disappears in Hasenauer's portraits. The artist is much more concerned with showing the idea of a human image. 

 

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
( 23 2/3 x 19 2/3 in )

EUR 5.500,- ( Net price EUR 4.867,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
( 23 2/3 x 19 2/3 in )

EUR 5.500,- ( Net price EUR 4.867,- ) *

He began his artistic career as a sculptor. Hence, his mental approach originates in the three-dimensional. With many thin layers of acrylic paint, he models the shape of his portraits and partially removes layers again with a brush.

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
100 x 80 cm
( 39 1/3 x 31 1/2 in )

sold

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
100 x 80 cm
( 39 1/3 x 31 1/2 in )

sold

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
100 x 80 cm
( 39 1/3 x 31 1/2 in )

EUR 9.000,- ( Net price EUR 7.964,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
100 x 80 cm
( 39 1/3 x 31 1/2 in )

EUR 9.000,- ( Net price EUR 7.964,- ) *

The color white is rarely used by the artist for elevation. He works with the translucency of the white primed canvas. The result is fine facial features that seem to emerge from the canvas and are contrasted by the contours of hair or clothing. 

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 cm
( 19 2/3 x 15 3/4 in )

EUR 4.500,- ( Net price EUR 3.982,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
( 23 2/3 x 19 2/3 in )

EUR 5.500,- ( Net price EUR 4.867,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
( 23 2/3 x 19 2/3 in )

EUR 5.500,- ( Net price EUR 4.867,- ) *

His works seem familiar and alienated at the same time. Subtly, the boundaries of symmetry, flawlessness, and beauty shift. 

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2021, acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
( 23 2/3 x 19 2/3 in )

EUR 5.500,- ( Net price EUR 4.867,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2021, acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
( 23 2/3 x 19 2/3 in )

EUR 5.500,- ( Net price EUR 4.867,- ) *

Hasenauer's works are challenging and question not only the conventional notion of portraiture but also one's own perception.

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
( 23 2/3 x 19 2/3 in )

EUR 5.500,- ( Net price EUR 4.867,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2022, acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
( 23 2/3 x 19 2/3 in )

EUR 5.500,- ( Net price EUR 4.867,- ) *

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2020, oil on canvas
40 x 50 cm
( 15 3/4 x 19 2/3 in )

sold

Bertram Hasenauer – Untitled
2020, oil on canvas
40 x 50 cm
( 15 3/4 x 19 2/3 in )

sold

Bertram Hasenauer was born in Saalfelden, AT in 1970. He studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin from 1992 to 1997 and at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London from 1997 to 1998. Bertram Hasenauer lives and works in Berlin. In 2010 Bertram Hasenauer was shown at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum with the solo exhibition "Súlur". Earlier group exhibitions include: "Gezeichnete Stadt", Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, DE, 2020; "Die Spitze des Eisbergs", Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, AT, 2019; "Neue Schwarze Romantik", Rumänisches Nationalmuseum der Künste, Bukarest, RO, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE u.a., 2017/2018. At the ART AWARD of Strabag 2006 Bertram Hasenauer was awarded with a recognition prize and in 2008 with the Georg Eisler Award for Painting. 2011 Bertram Hasenauer received the Großer Kunstpreis of the city of Salzburg.

 

Currently, Bertram Hasenauer can be seen until 30th May 2022 in the exhibition "Images in Fashion - Clothing in Art. Photography, Fine Art and Fashion since 1900" at the Berlinische Galerie.

 

 

You can find more information on Bertram Hasenauer here.

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A fleeting glance at a face, a shoulder, an ear, or the back of a head. What in everyday life is a consciously or unconsciously perceived moment in passing becomes the focus in the works of the exhibition "Shared Memory". Memories of unfamiliar faces remain in the mind for only a brief moment. In Bertram Hasenauer's portraits, the viewer looks precisely into these faces, the memory is activated and shared.

Bertram Hasenauer's portraits are not depictions of real individuals. They do not reveal much about their character, their state of mind, or their context. They seem familiar and alienated at the same time. The artist uses his archive of media images as a source of inspiration and is guided by his painting process. Subtly, the boundaries of symmetry, flawlessness, and beauty shift. The approach to the painting is through the figurative representation, but the portraits, which remain untitled, offer few clues for decoding them. It is left to the viewer to decipher the gazes, gestures, and persons for themselves.

Bertram Hasenauer began his artistic career as a sculptor and his mental approach originates in the three-dimensional. With many thin layers of acrylic paint, he models the shape of his portraits and partially removes layers again with a brush. He rarely uses the color white for elevation but works with the translucency of the white primed canvas. The result is fine facial features that seem to emerge from the canvas and are contrasted by the contours of hair or clothing.

In these works, the boundaries of the interpretable often become blurred. Thus the figures are in many cases androgynous and shift in their depiction between genders. In this way, Hasenauer not only recalls an ideal of beauty from art history, that of the hermaphrodite, in which both sexes unite but also addresses the current gender debate. The idea of heteronormativity, in which males and females are perceived strictly separate, disappears in Hasenauer's portraits. The artist is much more concerned with showing the idea of a human image. This results in challenging works that question not only the conventional notion of portraiture but also one’s own perception.


Bertram Hasenauer in his studio
Photo Joel Stevenett

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