Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tonight's Art Opening: Hans Schmitt-Matzen's Aerial Maneuvers at Zeitgeist

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Aerial Maneuver 1, Hans Schmitt-Matzen
  • "Aerial Maneuver 1," Hans Schmitt-Matzen
Opening Reception for Hans Schmitt-Matzen's Aerial Maneuvers
When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 12
Where: Zeitgeist Gallery

From Maya Lin and Mark Lombardi to the Gee’s Bend quilts currently on display at The Arts Company and the Frist, contemporary artists have long used maps as a way to connect what’s real with what’s abstract. For his latest exhibit at Zeitgeist, Hans Schmitt-Matzen will showcase a series of his own cartological explorations.

Titled Aerial Maneuvers, the black-and-white works see Schmitt-Matzen using his familiar oil-on-C-print technique, but this time he’s using aerial photographs. The results are fantastically rhythmic gestural paintings that recall everything from Rorschach inkblots to a graffiti artist’s tag. In his artist’s statement, Schmitt-Matzen calls the series “a meditation on recognizing the value of a balance between human control and the unplanned.” Let’s see if this work stands up to the excellent summer offerings Zeitgeist has been showing.

Aerial Maneuver 4, Hans Schmitt-Matzen
  • "Aerial Maneuver 4," Hans Schmitt-Matzen

Aerial Maneuver 9, Hans Schmitt-Matzen
  • "Aerial Maneuver 9," Hans Schmitt-Matzen

Aerial Maneuver 6, Hans Schmitt-Matzen
  • "Aerial Maneuver 6," Hans Schmitt-Matzen

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