Ashley Hans Scheirl



Ashley Hans Scheirl

Starts today: March 23 → May 12, 2018

Angela, Angela Scheirl, Angela Hans, Angel Hans, Zeze Hans, Ah, A A A A, Hans Scheirl, Hans, Hansi, Hansda, Hans von S/hit, Scheirl, Ashley Hans Scheirl was born in Salzburg (Austria), in 1956. She lives in Vienna. The work she did in the 1990s as part of London’s underground dyke scene contributed to the development of a conceptual practice that was constantly exchanging with the Viennese scene via the techniques of experimental cinema, painting, sculpture, actions in public space, performance and music, with all genres treated as equal. Indeed, in this artist’s practice, these “disciplinary techniques” — to use Foucault’s terminology, referring to the organisation of knowledge and practices in genres that are both distinct and isolated from each other– are brought together to function on the model of a lesbian, queer sexuality. This transitioning of one fine arts category towards another was accompanied during these years when the artist was moving between London, Vienna and New York by a metamorphosis of her/his own body, helped by the injection of testosterone. Her/his mutating name reflects this constant becoming which is never really static. Her/his recent self-expression in the use of painting, after multiple experiments with Super 8 and video cameras, encouraged Angela — now Hans — to transform her/his masculine look by a new phase of emancipation and to become Ashley, a painter who carefully cultivates her/his androgynous appearance.

Read more of Pierre Bal-Blanc’s text, The left hand