Anita Beckers

Hannes Michanek

09 Nov 2012 - 19 Jan 2013

© Hannes Michanek
Where it was, now again, 2012
Oil on Canvas
190 x 220 cm
scoped up
9 November 2012 – 19 January 2013

The work of Swedish artist Hannes Michanek is sort of like a fairy tale in itself. When observing its landscapes you always discover something new, its objects radiate something mystical. A surreal moment is omnipresent in Michaneks art. He works with shifts and displacements of size, space and time. Opposites such as figuration and abstraction, nature and civilization, impasto paint and hard lines collide and create a mysterious power. On a seemingly lovely way an art historical topos is radically updated.
Michaneks native land Sweden may be influential in many ways. It is not just the memory of the landscape that inspired him, but he seems to have internalized a particular form of storytelling. There are worlds of thought, in which he involves us in his paintings. These are drafts of worlds on large formats with many small details and mental leaps over any boundaries. While remaining somehow unexplicable to the outsider they certainly give off a spell.

Hannes Michanek (*1979, Kristianstad/Sweden) came to the Städelschule in Frankfurt in 2007 and graduated by Michael Krebber. In 2010 Michanek received the MainCampus Scholarship by the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft, in 2008 the Dresdner Bank Scholarship in Dubai. His works were exhibited by institutions like the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the Newport Museum in Wales and the Opelvillen Rüsselsheim.

Tags: Michael Krebber, Hannes Michanek