issue 2 - august 2011

a short Text by Hermann Glaser

Johannes Heisig 'CROW'
Johannes Heisig "Nach der Schlacht" 39x53cm lithographie 2010

The art of Johannes Heisig - an unconventional and independent expressive surrealist - transcends (either in portrait, still life or sceneries) continuously into the essential, which is above and beyond reality. Just recently he took up the theme of the crow, respectively of the raven, inspired by the English poet Ted Hughes' (1930-1998) poem CROW - in his own words "dark shimmering pieces on God, the world, the devil, man and woman". The bird's screeching may intone a non-decipherable world melody. For Heisig it becomes a cipher, a secret sign which "signifies" the totality of his works. This whispering, that inspired artists from throughout history to "guess", shivers "with the horror of creation". Horror at the coldness of creation is the basic trait of Heisig's art; it is characterized by the dark ambivalence from images of reality protruding into primeval images. Wholeness falls into pieces, but forms falling apart paradoxically achieve the shape of consistency - identity of the non-identical. Gloominess often becomes gaudy to the artist; vibrantly colorful stripes of illumination cross the night pieces. The darkness is thrice superseded: it is preserved, overcome and this way elevated to rays of hope (insights, foresights). "Crow realized there were two Gods".

Hermann Glaser

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