Ornis A. Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition with Duncan Hannah (1952, United States)
Hannah began making collages in the late 1970’s. His collages are multi-layered, ranging from art, literature, pornography and music. Being subtle sensual or suggestively sexy and experimenting with abstraction, using a variety of elements such as texts, drawings, patterns, photos, newspapers and magazine clippings. The collages make dialogues between memory and experience, lovers and self-portraits, the real and imaginary world of Hannah. It depicts mystery, with details used together like they wore always meant to be together.
Hannah’s process of painting has remained basically the same throughout the years. He is inquisitive by older periods and is always searching for long forgotten foreign movies. Making erotically charged portraits of obscure film starlets and celebrities from the 20th century, Hannah is unmoored from time.
Upcoming shows include a group exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art in New York late 2017. He will also have a solo exhibition in September at Invisible-Exports gallery in New York.
Hannah graduated in 1975 from Parsons School of Design in New York, inspired by artists such as Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer. In 1980, he became noticed in the New York art scene, when he was being invited in 1980 to join the Times Square Show, a seminal group exhibition where his work hung along works of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Work by Duncan Hannah is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum, The Minneapolis Art Institute and the Frederick Weisman Museum. In 2011 he received the Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is also notably present in the private collections of Genesis P. Orridge, George Clooney, Thurston Moore, Vincent Gallo, Allen Ginsberg, David Johansen, Linda Nochlin, George Condo, Philip Taaffe, Anna Sui, or at Mick Jagger’s château de Fourchette.