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"Hans in Transition: Paintings by Hans Scheirl"
2004-09-11 until 2004-10-10
London, , UK United Kingdom

"No, it is not just the name 'Tansition Gallery' that made me change my mind about what i want to do in my first solo show here. But yes, the name triggered something. The term 'transition' is used in the transsexual and transgender community for the stretch of time it takes a person to change into the other gender. Now, i'm not going from A to B, but rather zigzagging my way through a large, open space of possibilities," comments Hans Scheirl. Transition was founded in October 2002 in a former garage near Victoria Park, Hackney. The gallery is run by the artist Cathy Lomax and shows work by both emerging and established artists with a particular emphasis on enabling special projects.

"For Hans in Transition I plan to create a dynamic between self-portraits from that time and my new work, which is more abstract, more graphic design and comix inspired."

"Staging myself as a man and staging myself as a painter is juxtaposed with the splitting up of the idea of 'self' into many trans-human hybrid creatures: animal-bits, plant-bits, a bomb, trans-portation vehicles are coupling with re/productive organs: genitals, intestines, uterus, balls, a mouth, coupling with paint, gesture, surface, flatness, the frame, the hanging on the wall."

"Identity is the dynamic between all the relationships. And as it is a movement and not a thing it is shown to always have a relationship to its own death, loss and becoming something else. That's why I like to play with the idea of 's/hit!' [=she+he+it], the hermaphroditic trans-human agency for trans-formation, the colour brown as a metaphor for mixing as well as the actual outcome of mixing the 3 primary colours. - Hans Scheirl, August 2004

Hans Scheirl was born in Salzburg, Austria and has been living in London for 14 years. He currently works part-time as a painting restorer.

He made his first super-8 film Strassenbilder in Vienna in 1979. Between this and 1996 he has made around 50 short super-8 films, among them the classics Super-8 Girl Games, Zigzagged Rivulet is creeping up shamelessly wetting thighs and1/2 frogs fuck fast. In the 90s he made and collaborated on two cinema films Flaming Ears and Dandy Dust. Hans' films have been shown at queer and transgender filmfestivals around the world as well as at many U.S. and European art institutions (including: Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C.; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Image Forum, Tokyo; Institute for Contemporary Arts, London; Museum of 20th Century, Vienna)

He has been painting since 1995 and has moved towards painting/installation since his M.A. degree show at Central Saint Martins in 2003. In 2003 he participated in New British Painting - Part 1 at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

Hans has also worked on and exhibited/published drawings and writings (e.g. The manifesto for the dada of the cyborg-embrio, in: The Eight Technologies of Otherness ed/author Sue Golding, Routledge 1997). He features in numerous films (e.g. Venus Boys by Gabriel Baur, Pansexual Public Porn by Del laGrace Volcano, The Making of Dandy Dust by Tina Keane) and photography (Catherine Opie, Los Angeles; Del laGrace Volcano, London; Donna Ferrato, N.Y.C.).

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