One might mistake Eckart Hahn’s hyper-realistic paintings to be photographs, though only before the realization hits that a gorilla would never pose with a trash bag over its head, and that a swan would never sit quietly bound to a panther’s back. The unusual groupings of figures in Hahn’s paintings evoke the Dada photomontages that juxtapose the unexpected and highlight the wild imagination of their creators. Oftentimes, the protagonists in the paintings are also united with color backgrounds or unlikely situations. Even the still life contains evidences of – well – life, through the luster of the materiality and dynamicism of composition.

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Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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