Untitled (network painting), 2005

Basel 2018
Georg Kargl Fine Arts
ball-pen ink on canvas
80.0 x 80.0 (cm)
31.5 x 31.5 (inch)
Over the years, Herbert Hinteregger (1970) has consistently developed an artistic vocabulary that focuses on the use of ink from ballpoint pens as his painterly material. Beside almost monochromatic pictures for which he first squeezed out Bic pens to then apply the ink with paintbrushes or sponges to the canvas, usually geometric pen drawings emerged, but he also created numerous spatial works where the main element consists in the transparent sheaths of the empty pens. The exclusive use of this material, a cheap, recyclable disposable object, in Hinteregger’s overall work represents a reduction and a focus on minimal basic materials. By way of this limitation, he consciously relies on fundamental questions of painting linked to the material he uses. Visual space and depth, the reduction of the formal language, and at the same time constructive material positions, the varying density of the layers of ink and the question of the ideal standpoint influence Hinteregger’s thought. His spatial installations are also shaped by his engagement with these questions. In the work all over, the walls, ceiling, and floor are covered with countless empty ballpoint pens, and in so doing all fixed points and centers are dissolved. Here too the image first emerges with the movement of the beholder, who perceives a space-filling thicket of ballpoint pens. Information itself has here disappeared, content appears as illegible codes that integrate chance and their decoding in the infinity of possibilities of how to read to these transparent and permeable bearers of information.