Magazine article Artforum International

Andy Hope 1930: Galerie Guido W. Baudach

Magazine article Artforum International

Andy Hope 1930: Galerie Guido W. Baudach

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Andy Hope 1930

GALERIE GUIDO W. BAUDACH

Satanic imagery has proved inextinguishable in the paintings of Andy Hope 1930, from the black disk with horns that dominated Silent Running, 2005--a heavy-metal twist on Malevich's Black Circle, 1915--to his latest show, "Black Fat Fury Road." Twelve of its sixteen canvases, numbered excerpts from the series "Who Goes There" (all works 2016), were predominantly black, oppressively lacquered, and typically brightened only by pairs of small ruby-red triangular glyphs that read, just about, as horns glowing ominously in the surrounding glossy darkness. The paintings easily tilted toward geometric abstraction, nevertheless. Indeed, the German artist, who was formerly known as Andreas Hofer (in 2010 he adopted the anglicized name with which he's autographed his artworks since around 1999), has made a name for himself producing what might be called soiled modernism. (He has also flirted with pop influences, painting Superman, Batman, et al., or otherwise bringing Jack Kirby and Suprematism together.) The diabolic recidivism, then, was apropos. To vouchsafe progress and development on a stylistic level would be false to Hope 1930's underlying concerns.

The artist's compulsive sensibility finds modernism's tabula rasa infested with evil spirits; the golden and silver ages of US comics harbor rank portents of American cultural imperialism. (The ominous barbs here, time clarifies, also resemble Batman's ears.) The spaceship floating amid an eggshell-blue void in Sky Devil is a painted, horn-accoutered version of one visible in an early, undated, and untitled collage, clipped from a vintage sci-fi comic; the black egg beside it also appears in earlier works. Two-Way Paranoid I features two vertical strips of roadway (the "road" of the exhibition title, one presumes, which nods to the post, apocalyptic prognoses of Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). …

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