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Friedemann Hahn

Painting & Guns (I)
© Friedemann Hahn / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Friedemann Hahn

Painting & Guns (I), 2015

Oil on canvas
140 × 100 cm

signed and dated on the reverse
(HAHNF/M 11)

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In a series of works entitled "Painting & Guns," Friedemann Hahn explores the literature and life of U.S. beat literary figure William S. Burroughs (1914-1997). In addition to his literature, he also became known for his painting, which was influenced by abstract expressionism. A gun nut, he also shot not only at cardboard cutouts in Shakespeare's or his own image, but also - a tragic accident - at his wife, who succumbed to her injuries. His eccentric passion for art and shooting, he also created "shotgun art" by firing at paint cans. Burroughs said in an interview, "There's no exact process. If you want to make shotgun art, you take a piece of plywood, put a can of spray paint in front of it and shoot it with a shotgun or a high-powered rifle. The paint is under high pressure so it explodes! This throws the can 300 feet in the air. The paint splashes in from the explosion across the surface. You can use as many colors as you want. Turn the board over, turn it sideways, and shoot the paint on it from this side or that side .... This is related to Pollock's drop canvases, because this is a more random process, there's no way to predict what patterns you'll get." Friedemann Hahn makes these provocations, an aesthetic event -in the colorfulness it echoes Pop Art, whose generation Burroughs deeply influenced.
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