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Voices: Hans Winkler

Hans Winkler

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Gallery 400
1240 West Harrison Street

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Hans Winkler s (born 1955) many action-based projects completed with artist Stefan Micheel as the group ( paint the town red ) can be described as artistic pranking and/or purposeful public engagement. For example, the pair managed to convince the German public that bears had re-inhabited an area by romping through the woods in bear suits. In a similar act of disguise during a fellowship at MoMA PS1 in New York, they successfully placed red filters over the lights that illuminate the Statue of Liberty by dressing as civil workers.

Winkler s recently curated exhibition and handbook for guerilla art, LEGAL/ILLEGAL: Art Beyond Law, is representative of his own practice, including art projects that seek a conflict between the systems of politics, art, and life. Winkler has had recent solo exhibitions at Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, and New Langton Arts, San Francisco.