Eamon O’Kane: Bauhaus Reloaded
29 June—27 July 2019

The Irish artist Eamon O’Kane, who also considered becoming an architect, selects his motifs from views of structures designed by architects such as Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier and Philip Johnson. He is not satisfied with the mere representation, but often recontructs the buildings. He develops his own worlds and presents them in his work. He looks behind the facades of houses, studios and museums. What promises do they make? What expectations are aroused by the exterior design, how does »nature« function upon these stages?

Eamon O’Kane resamples and scratches the houses of modernity as well as other motifs from art historical contexts as he sees fit. He makes unexpected combinations from different times and materials, thus opening up unusual, contemporary worlds of meaning and context. There are often reflections in his paintings about art and the mechanics of the art world. In spite of this intellectual approach to his work it comes across in a cheerful and relaxed manner. 

In his current show »Bauhaus Reloaded« he shows not only Dessau Bauhaus buildings, but also current works with excerpts from the costumes of the Triadic Ballet by Oskar Schlemmer. There is also an interior design with an abstracted carpet by Anni Albers.

Eamon O’Kane [*1974] comes from an Irish family of artists. At the age of 29 had already held a professorship at the University of the West of England [UWE] in Bristol, UK.  He has received numerous awards and scholarships, and his works are included in prestigious collections. In the UK he is »one of the pioneering protagonists of the post-Saatchi generation.« Since 2011 he has worked as Professor of Visual Art at the Academy of Art and Design in Bergen [Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen, KHiB], Norway.
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