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This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Suedehead” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Suedehead” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Suedehead” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Suedehead” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Suedehead” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Suedehead” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Suedehead” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Suedehead” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Suedehead” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.
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Works

This is a work titled Platkat (Jump) by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2011. The materials are steel rods and screen-printed steel on powder-coated board, and the dimensions are 102 inches by 102 inches.This is a work titled Youth by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2011. The materials are coins, shells, battery, stones and steel on cement, and the dimensions are 18 inches by 8 inches by 7 inches.This is a work titled Pub Brawl by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2011. The materials are Acrylic, oil, color pencil and pigment ink on aluminum, and the dimensions are 48 inches by 49.75 inches.This is a work titled Shoplifter and Shop Window by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2011. The materials are watch, steel, black copper wire, mounted photo, MDF and stretched polyester, and the dimensions are 70.75 inches by 114.5 inches by 23.75 inches.This is a work titled Plakat (Echo) by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2011. The materials are steel rods and screen-printed steel on powder-coated board, and the dimensions are 102 inches by 102 inches. This is a work titled Ace by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2011. The materials are acrylic, oil, color pencil and pigment ink on aluminum, and the dimensions are 57.75 inches by 44 inches.This is a work titled Blush by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2011. The materials are acrylic, oil, color pencil and pigment ink on aluminum, and the dimensions are 48 inches by 36.5 inches.This is a work titled Plakat (Mondkrank) by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2011. The materials are gold leaf, steel and screen-printed copper on powder-coated board, and the dimensions are 102 inches by 102 inches.This is a work titled Acid and Iron by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2009. The materials are Photograph on metal, steel, paint, stones, light bulb and MDF, and the dimensions are 77.128 inches by 78.125 inches by 104 inches.This is a work titled Kunstschnee will schmilzen (Artificial Snow Wants to Melt) by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2011. The materials are paper, ink, wood and florescent lights, and the dimensions are 105 inches by 120 inches by 59 inches.

Press Release

Lothar Hempel

Suedehead

September 15 –
October 22, 2011

August 12, 2011—Lothar Hempelʼs ninth solo show at Anton Kern Gallery comprises three sculptures, five aluminum paintings, three diamond-shaped photo-montages, and a set of seven collages. The entire show is framed by the reference made in its title, Suedehead, a term describing an early 1970s subculture in the UK. A catalog will be available.

 

Hempelʼs mode of working consists of combining such disparate materials as blown-up mounted photographs, etched or screen-printed steel plates, cast concrete, abstract geometric steel elements, along with a variety of found objects such as coins, jewelry, rocks and pebbles, a birdcage or a fish tank. Even Hempelʼs paintings are combinations of painting and printing on an aluminum support. The bold colors, the hardedge qualities of the materials and the use of manufactured, rather than handshaped forms speak to the character of the work and the artistʼs intention. While the title refers to a past (yet, uncannily timely!) moment of youth dissatisfaction and aggression transformed into the nuanced and ambiguous style of the Suedeheads with their grown-out Skinhead crop, dapper Hard Mod clothing, and latent hostility and demi-monde aloofness. It is Hempelʼs skilled language of combinatorial synthesis that allows the viewer to look beyond the intricacies of subcultural signifiers and to enter a world of body language and abstraction. Elegant modern dance poses meet thuggish posturing and swagger, while both coexist on a stage of extensive artifice and cunning craft. Likewise, and metaphorically, the shape of a knife, including superimposed madcap dancers, floating below a dream-like image of the moon becomes a biomorphic abstraction of lunacy, or moon-sickness. A hand-made Moroccan rug combined with etched, lacquered metal plates and thin concrete reliefs comes to be a nocturnal shop window displaying marvelous objects. Hempel explores a stage of human conduct, sometimes quite unsound, where emotions and desires are clad in artifice and imagination.

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  • October 1
    2011
    Modern Painters
    Review: Lothar Hempel
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