Opening reception: June, 28, 2002, 7 - 9 p.m.
June, 28 - August, 3, 2002
It is a great pleasure to present Lothar Hempel's (*1966) first
solo show in Berlin.
artist shows a new installation, entitled Diamonds, that consists
of different components'. The interrelation of the works is
the main issue and creates a theatrical scene. The artist himself
says: "It is the moment Now' that is questioned from
a bulky historical perspective. How did we become what we are and
in which way can we change?"
display are two colourful tile pieces, reminiscent of the design
that was used for decorating railway stations in the 30´s.
"They function as backgrounds for utopian situations that won't
be expected anymore."
monumental white wooden wheel is attached to the wall and juts into
the space. The title of this piece is Implosion. "It's a concentration
of repressive aesthetic experience and functions also as a setting.
It is a statement and suggestion at the same time that can transform
the visitor into a participating actor."
video Ikarus, features two women that are posing like in a silent
film. They sing in a backyard for money and have a 'bizarre experience'.
The video looks like a cinematic dream.
acrylic paintings depict fictitious personalities or appropriate
historical characters. Dora Diamant, for example, refers to Kafka's
last girlfriend. Citation: Kafka studied the Torah and Talmud with
Dora; both were dreaming of opening up a small restaurant in Tel
Aviv: Dora, inexperienced in the household should have been working
in the kitchen and the unhandy, weak Kafka should have served the
crocheted wool diamonds that are pinned to the wall "range
between folklore and modernism". A poster with three fictitious
texts, written by the artist himself, is displayed in the gallery.
It could be described as the "inner script" of the show.
Hempel currently has an exhibition in the Dallas Art Museum, USA
(until October). Further on he will open a solo show at the ICA,
London, in September 2002.