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Alex Hank, The Melancholic Mr. A

Galeria Ramis Barquet
532 West 24th Street, 212-675-3421
September 15 - October 14, 2006
Reception: Friday, September 15, 6 - 8 PM
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On the occasion of his latest exhibition, Alex Hank has chosen to simulate a burial in which a decade’s recurrent obsession is put to rest publicly. A collage on the gallery floor evokes, through thousands of images, what have become icons in the history of an impossible relationship.

Surrounding this “mass grave” are large format, black and white mixed media renderings of those attending the ceremony. Most of these characters seem to be the perpetrators of a possible crime rather than simple mourners. They are all portrayed by friends of the artist, each piece titled after a historic war, a probable reference to their inner psychological battles. In this vein, Hank expands on his familiar method of using his lens to capture people that play a meaningful role in his life.

The project room of this exhibition contains a series of light boxes with various lines and representations that have been appropriated by the artist creating a lively and disorderly juxtaposition of images reminiscent of the urban night signs found in Latin American cities.

Alex Hank’s work has been characterized both by his fascination with the idols of pop culture as well as with his glamorous rendering of friends and acquaintances. In The Melancholic Mr. A, the artist establishes a narrative that represents, without a doubt, his most personal and rooted work yet.
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