Es muss so sein
September 28, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Kunstverein Hamburg is hosting the first institutional solo exhibition of Berlin-based artist Christian Hans Albert Hoosen (born 1981). His drawings, paintings and collages conjure up countless stories and a huge variety of associations. Full of grandiose metaphor, imagery, colour symbolism and sometimes shocking moments, they call to mind expressionist poetry. They provide an open forum for our thoughts and shared experiences – thus functioning as a kind of collective memory and as a mine of history and culture. It is precisely in their universality that the mysterious accuracy of these works lies.
The garish colours and multiple layers of hurriedly sketched motifs and forms create a chaotic visual flurry, the meaning of which is often only revealed after careful study. HOOSEN’s works are full of eccentric characters, wondrous beings, grimacing faces and comic-like figures, and these elements all mingle and intertwine to create wild, self-contained universes. His pieces present an eclectic mix of private worlds and seemingly unremarkable moments from everyday life.
The exhibition at Kunstverein Hamburg presents recent pieces from the last two years, including a range of works on paper that resemble fictional concert or exhibition posters. Although there are no details of time or place, meaning that the posters have no informational purpose, they nevertheless have a highly persuasive advertising effect. On the opposite wall, a multitude of different painting techniques and for-mats are displayed together in a salon hang that demonstrates the broad range of his oeuvre. This display is flanked by large-scale works on canvas and paper, which look like out-of-control comic strips with their wildly flourishing brushstrokes. Art historians’ comparisons of HOOSEN with Lee Krasner and Arshile Gorky are certainly justified, even if HOOSEN himself says: "These scenes just come to me. All I do is frame the stories and buy the paint."