Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery.
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Works

This is a work titled Arena made in 2009. The materials are acrylic on aluminum, and the dimensions are 80 inches by 36 inches.This is a work titled Plakat (Denkblase/Thought Bubble) made in 2009. The materials are C-Print and feather, and the dimensions are 51.15 inches by 51.15 inches.This is a work titled Das Dreieck (The Triangle) by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2009. The materials are MDF, C-print, refrigeration unit, plastic ice, six faux cocktails and two cakes, synthetic wreath of leaves, Corona bottle, Jack Daniel's bottle, Hennessy bottle, plastic encased beetle and plastic encased Statue of Liberty, and the dimensions are 124 inches by 72 inches by 36 inches.This is a work titled Plakat (Spielende/End of Match) by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2011. The materials are C-Print and fishing tackle, and the dimensions are 72 inches by 72 inches.

Press Release

Lothar Hempel

Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin

February 12 –
March 21, 2009

January 28, 2008, New York—Lothar Hempelʼs current solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, comprised of four figurative sculptures, three large diamond-shaped photomontages, and one painting, radiates an air of mystic coolness, generosity and grace.

 

Like a futuristic stage impresario, and seemingly without effort, Hempel choreographs figures and objects, matches disparate materials, and arranges geometric shapes and colors into a display of self-conscious aplomb. Colors are brilliant, shapes clearly defined, tactile surfaces vary from velvety soft to polished and hard. Images of dance performers and classical sculpture alike share their space with such attributes as feathers, truck tires, office chairs, a parrot and a Plexi walking cane, even a selection of imitation cakes and cocktails in a deli cooler counter. An eight-foot reflective phallus watches over the protagonistsʼ activities. Their overall behavior, firmly anchored in cultural codes, entails a set of discernible bodily movements, postures, facial expressions, as well as color and tonal modulations that take on strategic social value within a moral context. Our gaze is opened to a kind of sprezzatura, an "aristocratic cool", that in the past has related to frank amorality and love or illicit pleasures behind closed doors.

 

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