Over the past 18 years German artist, Lothar Hempel, has brought a combination of dynamic installations and paitings into the world of contemporary art. His most recent solo show last April at the Gerhardsen Gerner in Berlin is a playful yet poetic display of geometry and color. Hempel’s body of work includes Sambadroma and Satyra, both works are acrylic on aluminium and depict regal personifications of animal and place. Satyra, or Tragopan satyra, is a pheasant from the East. No doubt a perfect bird to personify, both exotic in its place of origin and vibrant to imagine for its crimson breast, Hempel’s piece could be an illustration in some fariy tale or epic poem. Similarly, Sambadroma, or Sambadromo as it is spelled in Portuguese, is a Brazilian exhibition space where the samba is practiced and Hempel captures a moment, a vision of this space. His piece includes a detailed costume and headress in tune with the traditional samba attire and Hempel’s crisp style is more than appropriate to exude the energy of samba dance!
Hempel’s installations are equally poetic, reusing images and using varied materials, from old doors to steel, as canvases. His installations, with their subtle references to spacial realities, such as the piece below which resembles a fireplace, a hearth bearing the warmth of an image of a seascape rather than that of a flame.
In additon to his paitings and installations, Hempel’s psychadellic prints add to his varied and whimsical body of work. The print below uses a cromogenic process of layering dyes to create images blended with color and producing a bright, graphic print. C-prints are quite intricate in their process. With respect to the care and percisness of Hempel’s paintings and installations, it is no wonder he is able to so brilliantly develop these prints.