Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Umbrella” featuring works by artist Lothar Hempel in 2006 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Umbrella” featuring works by artist Lothar Hempel in 2006 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Umbrella” featuring works by artist Lothar Hempel in 2006 at Anton Kern Gallery.

Works

 This is a work titled Der Compass Spielt Verrückt by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2006. The materials are MDF, plastic, steel, bronze and aluminum alloy, light, photographThis is a work titled Stella Umbrella 3 by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2006. The materials are photograph mounted on aluminum, and the dimensions are 16.75  inches by 16.75 inches.This is a work titled Auf und davon made in 2006. The materials are acrylic paint on aluminum, and the dimensions are 71 inches by 29.5 inches.This is a work titled Bringt euch in Sicherheit, die Sonne kommt made in 2006. The materials are acrylic paint on aluminum, and the dimensions are 49.5 inches by 15.75 inches.This is a work titled Oh, wie ich die Sonne hasse made in 2006. The materials are acrylic paint on aluminum, and the dimensions are 82 inches by 39.5 inches.his is a work titled Plakat I (Die Bestie zahmen) made in 2006. The materials are photograph collage, and the dimensions are 76 inches by 76 inches.This is a work titled Plakat II (Make up she) made in 2006. The materials are photograph collage, and the dimensions are 76 inches by 76 inches.This is a work titled Plakat III (Die grosse Illusion) made in 2006. The materials are photograph collage, and the dimensions are 41.25 inches by 41.25 inches by 1.75 inches. This is a work titled Endlose Reise (Endless Journey) made in 2006. The materials are Boat, MDF, photographic paper, lights and the dimensions are 80 inches by 45 inches by 128 inches. This is a work titled Rauschen zum Wachstum made in 2006. The materials are plastic, felt, ink, paint, marker, thread, cloth, umbrella, faux-fur, butterfly, and the dimensions are 61 inches by 29 inches by 29 inches.

Press Release

Lothar Hempel

Umbrella

May 18 –
June 24, 2006

Like loosely bound molecules, the elements of Lothar Hempel’s exhibition vigorously interplay. For his sixth solo show at the Anton Kern Gallery, the Cologne based artist brought together a group of figure paintings, collages, and a large sculptural installation including a twelve-foot rowboat. Hempel chose the human body in motion (with all its theatrical associations and uncertainties) as the premise of the work. He combines materials in unexpected ways and thus makes the coolness of the work’s execution enter an emotive dance with the expressive richness of the human body. The exhibition reverberates in an atmosphere of overtones that subtly create additional meanings and nuances.

 

In an interview with Emma Stern, Hempel extrapolates on this idea:

 

ES: What is “Umbrella”? The title triggers nostalgic associations. First it reminded me of a title of a musical or a Broadway show from the 40’s.

 

LH: […] Indeed, I have been interested in dying arts recently, vaudeville artists, rope-walkers, circus people. It’s a parallel universe. These vibrations, especially the painful and embarrassing ones, I consciously want to allow. After all, applied to the system of art this unfurls dazzling, shimmering effects.

 

ES: Umbrellas and parasols are everywhere in this exhibition. Do they all mean the same thing?

 

LH: […] perhaps they have something in common: they contain a gesture of negation, they avert the sun, they outwit gravity, it is masquerade and deception—essentially a “no” to nature. A refusal, a rejection, a nonacceptance of the so-called “god-given.” Which, by the way, reminds me of a religious group in the seventies in Cologne whose members stared into the sun for days while on LSD to achieve a certain trance-like visionary state. All of these people finally went blind. I hope the figures in my exhibition do exactly the opposite.

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