The First of Many Reviews:
Pacific Standard TimeHans Burkhardt Exhibition

October 2011
by A. Moret

"One Way Road," 1945
oil on canvas, 22 x 31 inches

Beneath the ferocity of Hans Burkhardt’s exacting brushwork and application of oil paint there is an undeniable remnant of hope that appears consistently throughout the works in “Within and Beyond the Mainstream.” Burkhardt’s bold moves on the canvas are akin to the call of the Sirens, luring the viewer into the field of vision so that the artist can impregnate them with an uneasiness that begets action. A painter of modern life, Burkhardt boldly reacted to the indecencies and injustices of war. While he was censored he was never silenced.

One Way Road” (1945) is a surrealist depiction of a blood stained road lined with carnage and decaying bones on either side. Towards the horizon a makeshift arc constructed of human remains houses a blood red rising sun. Despite the tortured and contorted forms that one can faintly hear echoing along the road, that sun points to a day that will not bear witness to the destruction of humanity. Burkhardt saw and believed that hope existed even in the darkest and most
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Installation Detail

"La Brea Tar Pits (Burial of the County Museum)," 1975
oil on canvas, 77 x 114 inches


on view now

Within & Beyond The Mainstream

A Participating Gallery in the Getty Initiative
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980


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