Van Hanos
Awake at the Funeral
28 April - 24 June
Preview: Friday 27 April, 6-9pm
Gallery Weekend Berlin: 27 April - 29 April
Eirōneia

Every now and then I would love for a comet to crash into this bleached, sideways, psychedelic sugar-pop civilization. For a titan's hand to one day emerge from the murky Atlantic cesspool and reclaim this insulted earth. Civilization is a curse we inflict on ourselves; as the world turns (upside down perhaps), we can imagine our ancestors in their funeral mounts, literally rolling over in their graves.

We used to love looking out into space for answers to our mundane problems. Today however, we would rather have the moon grow cartoonish human arms, and smite us (the earth) with a giant steel mallet gift to it by the cosmos, than fix the problems of this planet. Humanity has fun and perverse ways of abating its guilt and desires. Sometimes with religion, sometimes through painting and other times both do the trick.

In medieval painting, for example Jesus Christ was painted as a homunculus, a child born “fully formed and unchanged.” He is the archetypal man-child; the world is both his playground and his dominion. This is aspirational. If not historically, then at least today this “little man,” could symbolize both a messianic complex and feminine sexual-dominance. You can have your cake and eat it too; you can give your livestock a seat at the dinner table while you do. Why not?

Give the people what they want.

-Max Guy

Van Hanos
'Awake at the Funeral'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, 2017



Van Hanos
'Awake at the Funeral'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, 2017



Van Hanos
'Awake at the Funeral'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, 2017



Van Hanos
'Awake at the Funeral'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, 2017



Van Hanos
'Awake at the Funeral'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, 2017



Van Hanos
'The Fall', 2017
Oil on linen
121.9 x 196.8 cm
48 x 77 1/2 in
Unique
(HANOS-2017-0057)



Van Hanos
'11/6', 2017
Oil on linen
121.9 x 196.8 cm
48 x 77 1/2 in
Unique
(HANOS-2017-0054)



Van Hanos
'Little Man', 2017
Oil on linen
121.9 x 196.8 cm
48 x 77 1/2 in
Unique
(HANOS-2017-0060)



Van Hanos
'The Judge', 2017
Oil on linen
121.9 x 196.8 cm
48 x 77 1/2 in
Unique
(HANOS-2017-0061)



Van Hanos
'Chief Officer', 2017
Oil on linen
121.9 x 196.8 cm
48 x 77 1/2 in
Unique
(HANOS-2017-0056)



Van Hanos
'Fly's ABC No Rio', 2017
Oil on linen
121.9 x 196.8 cm
48 x 77 1/2 in
Unique
(HANOS-2017-0058)



Van Hanos
'Dark Side of the Moon', 2017
Oil on linen
121.9 x 196.8 cm
48 x 77 1/2 in
Unique
(HANOS-2017-0059)