Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Square” featuring works by Eberhard Havekost in 2002 at Anton Kern Gallery.

Works

This is a painting titled Rusty Car by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 27.5 inches by 70.81 inches.This is a painting titled Soft Power by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 25.375 inches by 17.75 inches.This is a painting titled Record Sleeve for 'Bohnerwachs' by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 35.5 inches by 35.5 inches.This is a painting titled Cinema by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 51.125 inches by 29.5 inches.This is a painting titled Retina by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 78.75 inches by 61.125 inches.This is a painting titled Future by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 31.5 inches by 23.625 inches.This is a painting titled Face by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 31.5 inches by 21.625 inches.This is a painting titled Bath/Flashlight by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 39.375 inches by 27.5 inches.This is a painting titled Flashlight by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 70.81 inches by 70.81 inches.This is a painting titled Vulcano by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 51.81 inches by 35.5 inches.This is a painting titled Shelf by artist Eberhard Havekost made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 37.375 inches by 70.875 inches.

Press Release

Eberhard Havekost

Square

May 9 –
June 15, 2002

Anton Kern Gallery is proud to present “Square”, Eberhard Havekost’s third solo show in New York. The artist will be showing paintings whose subjects include building façades, mobile homes, and exteriors of houses as well as their interior scenarios.

 

Square and plane shapes float in front of our eyes, flattening the radiance of their imagery. Havekost reduces objects, people, and ambient into pure forms. Unavoidably, the artist guides us to what he thinks is relevant. He shows us details, but never reveals the whole scenario or object. Fields of colors and blurred edges define the precise style of the artist.

 

Havekost’s work could be described as figurative, yet close to abstraction. What he really does is confuse the spectator with a spatial illusion. One has the feeling of looking through the lens of a camera, a surveillance camera perhaps. Directing and filtering the image, the artist does not follow any narrative or concrete theme. We are left in obscurity; it is in the eye of the beholder to catalyze the essence of his work.

 

Even though the work sometimes looks like realistic mannerism, suggesting the use of digital technique, it is done in free hand. Attempting to confuse the viewer, Havekost abuses the experience of overlapping pixels. With an anti-gesture and a certain coolness, the paintings seduce, but not please. The sense of loss is continuous. In a dramatic way one feels as if they skipped a moment. Lacking personality, the work is disconcerting, turning viewer into victim. It offers no escape.

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Press

  • May 30
    2002
    Time Out New York
    Review: Eberhard Havekost, Square
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  • May 9
    2002
    Artforum
    Review: Eberhard Havekost
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