|Lothar Hempel's works combine sculpture and photography, applying them to a set of aesthetic criteria which echo both cinema and theater. Generally speaking, Hempel's signature works are free-standing cuttings of photographic enlargements, which capture and freeze the motion of individuals or groups in the middle of performative gestures or actions. The photographic sculptural enlargements, whose sources remain mostly unidentified, each play a role in flat hybridized sculptural constellations, partially re-presenting and re-playing the original photographed events, bringing them back into three-dimensional space and back to life-size measurements.|
Songs for the Blind is the title Hempel chose for his new group of works, specially prepared for the occasion of his first solo exhibition at Hezi Cohen Gallery. The title reflects his ongoing interest in performance and music as sources of inspiration. It also signifies a rift between the senses, addressing the transmission of sound to those who cannot see. This transmission of audible experience indicates the lack of sight and compensates for it. Unlike the sound-image relationship in cinema, Hempel describes his sound as a substitute for visual image (not as its companion). The title suggests a negative condition masked by a positive occurrence, that is, the lack of sight accompanied by sound and music.
Lothar Hempel (b. 1966, Cologne), lives and works in Berlin. His previous exhibitions include Modern Art, London (2012); Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2011); Art : Concept, Paris (2012), as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2010); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009); Barbican Art Gallery, London (2008); and MoMA PS1 (2001).
Hezi Cohen Gallery website