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Unraveled

HG Contemporary is pleased to host an exhibition of new works from a private collection by German artist Holger Meier AKA ‘Kinki Texas’ entitled Unraveled, opening Thursday, June 6, 2019 and running through Friday, June 28, 2019.

Unraveledis comprised of raw, somewhat unrefined appearances of heroes and anti-heroes; matched by the roughness of the painterly gesture with which they have been captured by the German artist on the canvas or the paper. There is no trace here of a meticulous painting style - instead the large-scale, vibrantly colored canvases have a crude, garish finish. Presented in five large-scale paintings and sixteen drawings, the visual motifs in Kinki Texas´ universe are characterized by their reference to landmark history, psychology, culture and art history. These motifs are accompanied by written words, some of which have been sprayed on, others scratched or written with pen into the top layers of paint. The singing cowboys, warrior crusaders and bandaged skeletal figures may appear to have been quickly dashed off, but have in fact been developed over a period of months. Their lengthy process of creation is only revealed on closer inspection, when the different stages of the picture’s evolution and its details can gradually be traced.

While Kinki Texas has a very particular theme and subject matter in mind when he begins working on each piece, he also reacts to what happens during the painting process and day of work. As a result, the development of the images can take unexpected and surprising turns. He paints, sprays, writes, wipes and scrapes away until he reaches a state where any additional painterly touch would overload the image, but any missing one would make it seem unfinished. It is all about finding balance in the chaos.

The heroic figures in “Kinki Texas Space” (what the artist calls his creative universe) draw as much inspiration from the comic genre as they do from history books, employing means of depiction borrowed from graffiti, trash and punk culture, as well as from centuries of history painting. Their appearance ranges from slightly odd to truly bizarre and grim; some of them have a warlike, and at times, rather frightening demeanor. They confront the viewer with loaded guns, pose in suits of armor with swords drawn, or appear like Native Americans on horses with headdresses, bows and arrows.

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Date

Jun 06 - Jun 28, 2019

Contact

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Photos

Installation view of Unraveled

HG Contemporary, New York

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Installation view of Unraveled

HG Contemporary, New York

Artworks

Kinki Texas (Holger Meier) > <

Adam Primus Transformers

Adam Qadmon-Cartwright

Dante's Plane Carrier

Delta Hoss - One Dimensional Cowboy

Fort Apocalypso

Hitchcock's Black Knights of Jericho

NAMENLOSER LOHENGRIN

Narcis Partnership

Nimble Bird - All Are Pretty Little Birds

PROTO-Retiarius

Rat Butler

Untitled

Untitled

A Badly Crewed Ship

Candy Man... If You Meet Buddha

Goadhorsing

King Ahab Junior

Renate Donovan

Holy Saulus

Referent Callahan

Translator Imperii

Kinki Texas (Holger Meier) > <

Adam Primus Transformers

Adam Qadmon-Cartwright

Dante's Plane Carrier

Delta Hoss - One Dimensional Cowboy

Fort Apocalypso

Hitchcock's Black Knights of Jericho

NAMENLOSER LOHENGRIN

Narcis Partnership

Nimble Bird - All Are Pretty Little Birds

PROTO-Retiarius

Rat Butler

Untitled

Untitled

A Badly Crewed Ship

Candy Man... If You Meet Buddha

Goadhorsing

King Ahab Junior

Renate Donovan

Holy Saulus

Referent Callahan

Translator Imperii

Artists