Articles and Reviews:
ART 21 | July 6, 2012
ART DISTRICTS | June 2, 2012
MIAMI RAIL | June 1, 2012
THE ILLUMINATOR | May 12, 2012
INSPIRED BY DESIGN™ | May 1, 2012
WHITEHOT MAGAZINE | May, 2012
GOOD MAGAZINE | April 27, 2012
BERLIN ART LINK | April 26, 2012
SUNSENTINEL | April 21, 2012
CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 21, 2012
KNIGHT ARTS | April 20 2012
INHABIAT | April 12, 2012
EXAMINER | April 11, 20112
MIAMI HERALD | April 8, 2012
WHITEHOT MAGAZINE | April, 2012
FLAVORPILL | April 6, 2012
MIAMI ART EXCHANGE | March 29, 2012
MIAMI NEW TIMES | March 22, 2012
Charest-Weinberg is pleased to present “Eclipse,” an exhibition of work by Berlin-based artist Hannes Bend. The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, March 30th and will be on view through June 2nd, 2012. There will be an opening reception on March 30th from 6-9pm.
Hannes Bend was born in Neustadt, a small town on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany. An affinity for the dramatic natural landscape, one that similarly inspired the German Romantics, runs through his art. It should be mentioned that Caspar David Friedrich painted the area surrounding Bend’s childhood home. However, the younger artist’s sublime has been contaminated by the twentieth century–industrial modernization and globalized popular culture–forcing classical tropes to grapple for contemporary relevance. The sky and the ocean, long expanses of contemplation, have been recast as negative space encroached upon by society. While not hopeless, the situation is far from ideal.
For “Eclipse,” Bend stages a multimedia recreation of the contemporary sublime and its lower, fractured shadow. The gallery overflows with wreckage dredged from the Osborne Reef, a failed manmade reef off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. The reef began in 1972, when the Broward Artificial Reef Inc. Company (BARINC) began dumping car tires in hopes that they would foster marine life. With close to 2,000,000 tires today, the Osborne is now an ecological catastrophe. Two videos bracket this well-intentioned dystopia. Eclipse, 2012 shows blue sky interrupted by passing cars, industrial equipment, and the underbellies of passenger airplanes. Aquadome, 2012 juxtaposes different watery environments: the shoreline, the Osborne Reef, aquariums and swimming pools. As Aquadome flits from the submerged cemetery to the bourgeois appropriation of nature, recalling both Friedrich’s The Sea of Ice and Dan Graham’s Death By Chocolate, the viewer must accommodate both natural continuation and societal entropy. It is not just a phonetic link that attaches these water pieces to bathos-the lofty treatment of the commonplace. His work joins us as we search high and low for that which is worth saving.
Hannes Bend graduated from the Fine Arts College Berlin Weissensee in 2007. He has had solo exhibitions in Berlin and New York. “Eclipse” is his first solo exhibition with Charest-Weinberg.