Odo Hans

About Odo Hans

Odo Hans (*1976) is a German artist who deals with the constructions of reality and its normative settings. In his works EPI, The Line and the Dot, and Spiegel he de-automates convention-bound visual habits and employs his visual concepts to place them at the beholder’s disposal. He performed his first artistic analyses in 2001 during a stay abroad in the Netherlands. He lived there for 4 months at the home of the wood sculptor Hans Groenveld and familiarized himself with the latter’s animistic way of working and living. In order to deepen the experiences he journeyed through Ireland in 2002 and visited, among others, the artists Niall Walsh (www.niallwalsh.ie/) and Michael Warren. (http://michaelwarren.ie/). He summarized these experiences in a travel reportage that was published in various magazines. His first tentative steps with the camera were thus simultaneously publicized. Enthusiasm for the medium of photography occasioned him to take up an assistantship with the photographer Wolfgang Zurborn. The latter’s way of freeing the image from its content-based conventions was a decisive experience in being able to take a different perspective on art photographically as well. His first experiments in the darkroom began at the same time. Double exposure, sandwich techniques and photograms were created. Odo Hans had his first exhibitions at the Germany embassy in Brussels and also at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Brussels, where he exhibited reflections on the work of August Sander. A nine-month stay abroad in Norway followed in 2012. Following this stay came the above described projects “The Line and the Dot”, “Mit Haut und Haar” and “EPI”. Series that deal with the human surface structure and its normative representability and in which, among others, original darkroom techniques again come to bear. Odo Hans lives and works in Cologne.