glatfelder

Untitled, 1982

Acrylic on canvas on wood, cm 36,5×29

Hans Jörg Glattfelder was born 1939 in Zurich.
After short studies at the “Academia” in Rome in 1963 he settled in Florence. In its beginnings his painting was influenced by the strict geometric rules of the (Zurich) “concrete art” to which he gave a quite personal interpretation in the light of early Renaissance architecture. In 1966 he had his first one-man exhibit in Milano, in the gallery “numero” of Fiamma Vigo. In Florence he published the art-review “comunicazione” with the poet Claudio Popovich. He published a pamphlet claiming anonymous, industrial manufacturing of art for everybody; and he demonstrated his theory by mass-producing plastic pyramid elements which he assembled in coloured reliefs. With such pyramid reliefs he participated successfully in many group exhibits of the European constructivists.
In 1970 he moved to Milano. Taking a hint from the specialist in cybernetics Silvio Ceccato, Glattfelder got acquainted with recent evolution in geometry and contemporary spatial representation. As a result of these studies in 1977 he started a series of works which he called “non-euclidean metaphors”.
In a pamphlet against the cult of irrationalism in art he clarified his own position as “meta-rationalism”. By this term he understands a plastic language in which rationality is both: questioned and focussed as central theme. Glattfelder states, that a proficient dialogue between science and art starts with the mutual discussion and clarification of the methods. In the following year he changed his residence from Milano to the lake Orta, attracted there by the very particular light and here Glattfelders pictorial language acquainted more simplicity: he created the series of the “synthetic reliefs”.
In 1992 the Josef Albers Museum organized a retrospective exhibition of his work and in 1998 he moved to Paris where he still lives.