For his sixth solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, German painter Eberhard Havekost has put together a body of 15 paintings under the title “COPY + OWNERSHIP”. The title declares the painter to be both author and consumer of the images he presents. Havekostʼs meticulous and confident painting technique and evidently photographic reference material make it clear that he does not try to remove the images in his paintings from their original context, but instead proposes a reimaging of circumstances surrounding each one. The automated arrangement of colors in a video test pattern as we see it on a television screen becomes the exacting labor of a painter mixing colors and layering brush strokes. The act of copying the source material is the precise means by which the painter stakes his claim of ownership.
The work opens itself up in the act of looking/viewing and references to the source material (newspaper/magazine clippings, images drawn from digital media, and personal snapshots) pulse in and out of the viewerʼs consciousness. Color fields, atomic tests, images of bathers, a tattooed palm tree, and blurry images taken from flat screen televisions all question our perception of reality as we experience it moment to moment transforming ephemeral images into objects of sustained contemplation.
Eberhard Havekostʼs work has been exhibited continuously since the early 1990s, most recently in one-person shows at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2012), the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden (2011), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2010), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden (2010), ʻHarmony 2ʼ, Stedelijk, Amsterdam (2006). His work has also been included in large group exhibitions such as, Chefs-d´oeuvre Du Musee Frieder Burda, Musée Granet (2012), HALLELUHWAH! Homage a CAN, Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2011), Against the Grain; 15 Years of Collecting, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (2009),Imagination Becomes Reality, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2007), Trials and Terrors, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, New German Painting, Carré dʼArt – Musée dʼArt Contemporain, Nîmes, Triumph of Painting, the Saatchi Gallery, London (all 2005), deutschemalereizweitausenddrei, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/M. (2003), and Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001). Havekostʼs work is included in the following museum collections: MoMA, New York, Tate Modern, London, Los Angeles MOCA.