Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Oral Heart” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Oral Heart” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Oral Heart” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Oral Heart” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Oral Heart” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Oral Heart” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Oral Heart” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Oral Heart” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Oral Heart” featuring works by Lothar Hempel in 2017 at Anton Kern Gallery.
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Works

This is a work titled Sinking Beauty by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are ink, watercolor, acrylic and pencil on Dibond aluminum with steel frame, and the dimensions are 24.13 inches by 28.86 inches by 1.5 inches.This is a work titled Untitled by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are ink on paper, and the dimensions are 10.75 inches by 14.25 inches.This is a work titled Untitled by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are pencil on paper, and the dimensions are 10.75 inches by 14.25 inches.This is a work titled Untitled by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are ink and pencil on paper, and the dimensions are 10.75 inches by 14.25 inches.This is a work titled Untitled by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are pencil on paper, and the dimensions are 14.25 inches by 10.75 inches.This is a work titled Untitled by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are ink on paper, and the dimensions are 10.75 inches by 14.25 inches.This is a work titled Bell by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are steel, cotton and egg, and the dimensions are 20 inches by 29 inches.This is a work titled Sun Sun Sun by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are steel, and the dimensions are 31.5 inches by 31.5 inches.This is a work titled Crash by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are print on acrylic glass, and the dimensions are 59 inches by 42 inches.This is a work titled Symptom by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are ink, watercolor, acrylic and pencil on Dibond aluminum with steel frame, and the dimensions are 39.75 inches by 47.75 inches by 1.5 inches.This is a work titled Well/Wave by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are ink, watercolor, acrylic and pencil on Dibond aluminum with steel frame, and the dimensions are 24.25 inches by 20.25 inches by 1.5 inches.This is a work titled Oral Heart by artist Lothar Hempel made in 2017. The materials are ink, watercolor, acrylic and pencil on Dibond aluminum with steel frame, and the dimensions are 28.35 inches by 27.56 inches by 1.5 inches.

Press Release

Lothar Hempel

Oral Heart

November 16 –
December 23, 2017

German artist Lothar Hempel named his recent exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery after a poem of his, “Oral Heart.” Like the poem that initiated an expanding body of the artist’s writing, the show is an amalgamation of image ideas. Paintings, sculptures and drawings are the sparkling fragments of a dynamic whole, like the prismatic reflections of a powerful sunbeam.

 

“Oral Heart” animates the intimate spaces of the third floor gallery with a multitude of materials: steel-framed paintings on Dibond aluminum, photo montages printed on cutout acrylic glass, steel masks, and pencil-and- ink drawings. Hempel further develops motifs of a practice that reflects his experience as painter, sculptor, musician, choreographer and filmmaker. The pieces on view materialize the artist’s distinct outlook on the interaction between art-making and being in the world.

 

Hempel choreographs faces, objects, bodies, and masks, mixes contemporary and archaic imagery, matches diverse materials and techniques, and arranges all into radiant and decisively shaped works of great aplomb. The notion of time stretches across the disparate materials, constantly re-contextualizing the elements’ inherent meanings and narrative possibilities. In conjunction with the exhibition, and as a suggestion of a parallel world to his show, the artist has created an online presence of “Oral Heart.” Please visit oralheart.nyc to read Lothar Hempel’s expanding and continuously transforming poem, and to view related images and texts. oralheart.nyc is like live-radio, like a shadow theater, inviting its audience to engage over time.

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