What does it mean to turn on the shallows

Rolf Altena

Acrylic paintings, ink drawings and small sculptures have been on view in the Zaiß Gallery in Aalen. Photo: Markus Lehmann

With the kind permission of Aalener Nachrichten

Max P. Häring shows acrylic paintings, ink drawings and small sculptures in the Zaiß gallery.

AALEN - With Max P. Häring, Galerie Zaiß is once again setting a high point in the Aalen art scene. The colorful and multi-layered landscapes that have been on view in the gallery in Langertstrasse since Sunday are full of depth.

The acrylic paintings are only one side of the Giengen artist. The other is his ink drawings, dynamic metamorphoses that merge graphics and surrealism. The third in the Bund are his small sculptures. What all of his techniques have in common is the sophistication of his working style, behind which a lot of effort and time has gone.

Not many artists have mastered this safe and confident walk through the genres and the work equipment. Example acrylic painting: Here he celebrates hatching, reflections, almost haptic structures. His preference is for water. In two ways: Acrylic diluted with water creates this variety of color tones, the transparency of the light and these atmospheric elements.

As if you could look to the bottom of the sea

And it applies to the sea, the shallows, the reflections, the boulders reflected in it, the ferry on it. With these sea views, the viewer thinks he can see down to the sea floor. The "shallow" has a double meaning. The largest picture is "Deep Water Horizon Disaster" and shows the oil platform disaster of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. Black smoke, pieces of debris that look like gallows fly through the area. In the middle the center of the blazing bright explosion. Again a double meaning: the focus is on annihilation, death for workers and environmental degradation. But also the supernova, in which nothing can survive. But it also creates new elements. At first glance, the whole thing looks stylistically like a fantasy painting. But it is a documentation. Because next to it hangs a photo of the disaster.

The ice age boulders in the sea look archaic. Häring builds the primeval human aspect almost on his doorstep. The Lone Valley figure, the lion from the Vogelherd cave, is around 40,000 years old and is the oldest sculpture known to man. He centers the lion, of which the head is missing, in the lower third of the picture. Flanked around it are fragments and fragments. Like a puzzle from the era of the ice age hunters.

The ink drawings show deserts, dune-like landscapes or a human metamorphosis. Here, too, you immediately notice the meticulousness with which Häring goes to work. Incidentally, it has not been seen in Aalen for a long time: the last time it was in 2005 in the Kirchner Gallery in Dewangen. By Markus Lehmann

The exhibition ends on Sunday, November 11th, with a finissage from 3 p.m.

Information: Galerie Zaiß, Langertstraße 44, phone 07361/32990, email [email protected] or at www.galerie-zaiss.de.

Opening times: Wednesday to Friday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.