Salon 94

Volker Hueller

16 Nov 2009 - 08 Jan 2010

© Volker Hueller
Drei Halunken und ein Halleluja, 2009
mixed media on canvas
94.49 x 70.87 inches (240 x 180 cm)
Organized by Augusto Arbizo and curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers

November 16, 2009 - January 8, 2010

Eleven Rivington and Salon 94 are pleased to present Berlin-based German
artist Volker Hueller in a 2-venue exhibition, curated by Anna-Catharina
Gebbers and organized by Augusto Arbizo. An installation with hand-painted
etchings and objects will turn Eleven Rivington into an intimate cabinet
from November 18th – January 8th. Large-scale painterly collages in metallic
shades of silver, paintings and objects will create a heightened atmosphere
at Salon 94 from November 16th – January 8th.

The two venues emphasize different bodies of work, but subtle correlations
will link both parts of the exhibition and unfold Volker Hueller‘s distinct
vocabulary: his work brings together aspects of abstraction, figuration, and
decoration towards a painterly practice that encompasses printmaking,
painting, collage and sculpture. Hueller’s series of etchings are
individually colored with watercolor and shellac, making each sheet
jewel-like and unique. The large collages, up to seven-by-nine feet in
dimension, consist of disparately textured materials from faux fur to
patterned leather, which are affixed onto canvas, and then painted in silver
oil and lacquer. Hueller’s three-dimensional objects extend painting beyond
the flat surface as painted vases or handmade sculptural heads in porcelain.
Though often inspired by literary or philosophical texts as well as personal
experiences, Hueller’s motifs – which include skulls, birds, horses, and
androgynous figures set amidst gardens and forests - are rooted in
collective visual memory. While deeply rooted in scenes and images, Hueller
pushes his new work to varying degrees of abstraction: particular forms
become layered and intertwined, arriving at compositions filled with
movement and mystery. The abstract and geometric patchwork qualities of
Hueller’s collages are dense; fractured and broken planes lend a sense of
rhythm and unity to variegated elements. His figures and other
representational forms - with references from Lucas Cranach to Klimt, Klee,
and Picasso, among others - are brought into the realm of the ornamental
while abstraction becomes an harmonizing and balancing element.

Volker Hueller was born 1976 in Forchheim, Germany. He studied under
painter Norbert Schwontkowski at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg and
currently lives and works in Berlin. His exhibitions include individual
shows at Grimm Fine Art, Amsterdam; Produzentengalerie, Hamburg; and
Anna-Catharina Gebbers | Bibliothekswohnung, Berlin.

Tags: Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Volker Hueller, Pablo Picasso, Norbert Schwontkowski