b. 1977, Argentina
Lives and works between Germany and Australia.
Ariel Hassan was born in Argentina in 1977. He has held solo exhibitions in Australia, Spain, Singapore and China. Group exhibitions include the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2012); Art Stage Singapore (Greenaway Art Gallery), Singapore (2012); SH Contemporary (Aura Gallery and Greenaway Art Gallery), Shanghai, China (2011); Australian Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, China (2010); Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2008); Uneasy – Recent South Australian Art, curated by Timothy Morrell, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, Adelaide (2008); Della Pittura Digitalis (Painting and the digital momentum), curated by Paco Barragan, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin (2007)
Immersed in a process that is both conceptual and material, Ariel Hassan has at the core of his work a simple procedure – a small quantity of different coloured paints are poured and allowed to run together on small panes of glass. In a vivid demonstration of the beauty of fluid mechanics, the different colours remain intact to a certain degree, and swirl around each other creating unpredictable patterns on both the macroscopic and microscopic level. Hassan later scans selected areas of these abstract images and manipulates the colour and composition in a computer. A print is produced which he painstakingly copies onto a large canvas with paint and brush. This hand-made painting is a crucial stage since it not only results in unexpected details and divergences from the print but also adds a human texture and an aura of authenticity, even mystery.
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