Klaus Hu’s solo exhibition Unsettled Landscapes at SomoS in May 2015 presents the culmination of the past few years of the artist’s research into land use and reclamation in the American Southwest. The multimedia presentations feature large-scale works on canvas, using different techniques to recount the artist’s ambivalent perception of this uniquely grand and yet contested landscape; shaped over 1000s of years by geological forces and abruptly being altered by a strained relationship with its current human inhabitants.
Unsettled Landscapes presents for the first time, new works based on a photographic research trip to Bandelier National Monument near the Los Alamos Labs and its nuclear testing sites and waste deposits. White Sands is a series of charcoals which reflect on geological and versus man-made disasters that impact them. They subtly remind us of the indelible incursion that the past century has made on the volatile ecosystem of the American Southwest and the sorrowful legacy that that is have on mankind and nature’s future together.
Events within the Exhibition:
May 14th at 8pm:
Artist Talk and Film Presentation – Unsettled Landscapes
Join us for an in-depth look at the research journey that led to Klaus Hu’s current work. Klaus’ keynote presentation in video format traces the narrative arc of research-based art practice such as his, through the Land Art movement of the 1970s and 1980s into contemporary land use debates in the American Southwest and the many artists that have attempted to expose such unfair policies through their art. Additionally, Klaus Hu will present selected video works that explore these themes and expand upon them, connecting with our extraterrestrial exploration and potential colonization of other worlds such as Mars.
Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre at the Freie Univsität Berlin will present sections of her research on comparative policy approaches in the United States and Germany and respond to the research-based art practice developed by Klaus Hu during his residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. A conversation between the artist and Professor Schreurs will follow with an opportunity for questions and answers from the audience.
Exhibition Duration: 7-22.5.2015
Opening: 7.5.2015, 7pm
Artist Talk and Film Presentation: 14.5.2015, 8pm
Art and Environmental Policy – Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs & Klaus Hu: 20.5.2015, 7pm