Volker Hueller

Selected works by Volker Hueller

Volker Hueller
Sie Sind Unter Uns XII

2009

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 200 cm

Stylised silhouettes of heads in profile taken from 1930s advertisements inhabit Drei Halunken Und Ein Halleluja with its angular and curved lines and soft, transparent hues. The overall pattern can be re-interpreted as something more than coolly assigned decorative motif: it seems to be a necessary spatially symbolic graphic which anchors the figurative elements, a sort of sine qua non in Hueller’s world. The whole composition is like a modernist-aware yin and yang, where each component in these pairings - darkness and light, figuration and non-representation - is part of the other.

Volker Hueller
Drei Halunken Und Ein Halleluja

2009

Mixed media on canvas

240 x 180 cm

Portraiture, and the symbolic geometry of the face and head, is one of Hueller’s central preoccupations. My portrait in the year 2080 (2007) is both whimsical and dark with its nebulous combination of filled in and empty spaces, its squiggly hairs and wrinkles, blackened teeth and nervous crosshatching. Its ostensive self-caricature sets up a dialogue with the imperfection and intimacy of outsider and avant-garde paper-based art. This visual thread is continued in the raw doodling and associative, prism-like compositions of Puppetmaster, Wohin-Sehen, Rauch Im Aug, Elegy, and Untitled (Haupt) (all 2009).

Volker Hueller
My Portrait In The Year 2080

2007

Etching, watercolour

Image: 29 x 25 cm Paper: 41 x 34 cm

Volker Hueller’s large-format collaged canvases and smaller hand-coloured etchings engulf the viewer in a world where shapes and meaning are fragmented and interconnected to present an eerily abstract sense of portraiture. The monochromatic patchwork of textures in Sie Sind Unter Uns XII and the washed out tones of Drei Halunken Und Ein Halleluja’s geometric figuration (both 2009) articulate a strange tension: figuration is created and sustained by the abstract patterned shards cutting through the visual ground.

Volker Hueller
Puppetmaster

2009

Etching with watercolour and shellac

30 x 24 cm

Art history informs Hueller’s works, whether it might be echoes of Paul Klee’s fanciful abstractions, Antonin Artaud’s hallucinogenic, shamanistic ink drawings, Miró’s early surrealist works or Picasso’s harlequins and greyscale compositions, which in Hueller’s hands all coalesce into something new.

Volker Hueller
Wohin-Sehen

2009

Etching with watercolour and shellac

30 x 24 cm
Volker Hueller
Rauch Im Aug

2009

Watercolour, shellac

25 x 20 cm
Volker Hueller
Elegy

2009

Etching, watercolour, shellac, red wine

40 x 30 cm
Volker Hueller
Untitled (Haupt)

2009

Etching, watercolour, shellac, red wine

40 x 30 cm

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional images and information - Volker Hueller

artnet.com
Various and images - Volker Hueller

timothytaylorgallery.com
Ventroliquist - Group show at Timothy Taylor Gallery featuring Volker Hueller

elevenrivington.com
Volker Hueller - at Eleven Rivington, New York

acgebbers.com
Nachtwandeln im Laubengang - Show of Volker Hueller's work at the workspace of independent writer and curator Anna Catharina Gebbers, Berlin.

saatchi-gallery.co.uk
Lupe Nunez-Fernandez reviews a group show curated by Anna Catharina Gebbers featuring Volker Hueller