Masquerade, Marcia Wood Gallery, February 18 - March 20, 2010.
Marcia Wood Gallery
is delighted to announce the first Atlanta exhibition of Berlin
artist, Olaf Hajek. One of Germany's most renowned illustrators,
Hajek represents an emerging new breed of contemporary fine artists
dissolving the boundaries between high and low and challenging
the division between commercial and personal work. Hajek's acrylic
paintings on paper are vividly fanciful renderings of strange
and wondrous worlds full of magic and beauty. Accompanying the
exhibition is the release of "Flowerhead" Hajek's first
monograph by the publishers Gestalten Books.
Olaf Hajek draws inspiration from American folkart, Indian
miniatures, African and Mexican art, mythology, religion, history
and geography. More than anything else his work explores the opposition
between imagination and reality in the context of western cultures.
Recombining natural elements with human or realistic elements in
a new surreal context full of wonder, heroic acts, hallucinations,
and fairytale motifs, Hajek's work has an affinity with magic realism. Disproportional
figures are often depicted posed in front of theatrical fore- and
backgrounds, emphasizing the story-telling nature of Hajek's imagination.
The "Flowerheads" are Hajek's focus of his personal fine
art paintings, in which he is exploring the concept of identity
with whimsy and poignance. The fruit, flowers, birds and humans
morph together to create a new mysterious identity that cannot
be fully revealed from behind it's mask and is suggestive of our
desires and fantasies to be different creatures, not completely
knowable, and separate from our daily identity.