Odo Hans

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Landscape without stops


A bus stop marks a point in a landscape. A landscape that would give no motive for a landscape image. The removal of the bus stop by ruler and scalpel takes the most significant. Removes the core of the image. Cuts it out. A block of white light is created. A block that compels the viewer to complement. An operation that does not succeed, because the white light wants to be his own phenomenon and the environment does not want to be replenished.



EPIEPI is the continuation and reshaping of my photographic work EPI, which in turn already represents the continuation of my work “Mit Haut und Haar”. In this case, EPI forms the physical raw material (in the form of a photographic print) that initiates the artistic design process. The preceding work therefore forms the basis for the subsequent work. Here, EPIPEPI is therefore the third generation and hence also a further “evolutionary stage” of a self-generating work. The digital hybrids of the work EPI are layered by means of analogue collage technique, as in an onion. The scalpel exposes partial snippets of these individual tissues and textures. These withdraw themselves further and further from perception’s traditional canon of forms, but at the same time complement one another to become a new repertoire of slightly eerie dermavisions. These layers and surfaces and overall compositions can, in turn, become new raw material for the further artistic creative process. The work’s complexity increases with every stage. It becomes, in the truest sense of the word, multi-layered. The principle of conversion and reshaping can start over.


ACRYL on Paper  50 x 60cm / ACRYL on Paper  70 x 100cm

Paper Paintings

ACRYL on Paper  50 x 60cm / ACRYL on Paper  70 x 100cm


Abstract Paper Paintings

ACRYL / EDDING on Paper  50 x 60cm


EDDING on Paper  50 x 60cm / EDDING on Paper  70 x 100cm




Human integuments are in constant dialogue with their environment, on the one hand; on the other, they delimit themselves from the latter and form a shield against particular mechanical and chemical influences. A principle of protection and sealing that lends the human surface a certain stability of form, among other properties. In skin’s dialogic relationship with the environment, personalized contact surfaces are opened up to its wearer by courtesy of visual or tactile relatedness. Zones of subjective reality that model man. In Hans' digital constructions, partial elements of this skin-stable form are blended with textures from the man- produced world of objects. Hans arranges this clash of forms and textures as a unit, as a dialectic game between subject and object. Within this synthetic game of alternating object references, an aesthetic form unfolds that points functionally to an allegorically interpretable notion of “visual recombination”. The method arrives at congruity at the point where subject and object, as a result of fusion, generate a change in the register of attribution of meaning and generically safeguard the image’s category against appropriation as a result of the generated ambivalence.

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The Line and the Dot. Surreal Legacies in the Photographic Oeuvre of Odo Hans.

Monika Körte

Odo Hans’ photographic works show themselves to be inspired by strategies of the exposure of parts, of dismemberment and faceting which have their firm place in 20th-century avant-garde art. Hans’ partial views correspond to surrealist methods and techniques of decontextualisation.  He not only inherits the surrealist delight in the artistic autonomy and exposure of individual facial areas which makes his views look alien and improbable to us. His particular interest is directed towards formations on the surface, which is not comprehended as the subordinate expression of depth; the true seat of depth is found in the actual and privileged locale of the person. With his chosen edits, the photographer distances himself from disambiguating and homogenizing conceptions of the face, and approaches notions of the face as an entity or a structure whose wholly different geometric expansions and elevations has been possibly put together by chance, without any internal logic. “Compositions” is Hans’ name for the image details, which loosen the face-parts precisely from their “mutual dependence” which is crucial to the face’s impact and owe their surreal, dynamic momentum to the attributes light, perspective and macroscopy.