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o.T. (yellow sculpture fitting to Jesus), 1998 - Hans Hemmert

o.T. (yellow sculpture fitting to Jesus), 7/7, 1998 Edition of 7 Cibachrome, sealed between 8 mm Plexiglas, 100 x 75 cm, 18 kg © Hans Hemmert / Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017 Hans Hemmert: The Invisible Materiality Of Air In the following series, Home-Frame II, composed of 21 colour photographs, the yellow latex membrane is an outer form that contains “air” and “artist” in its interior. The artist’s relationship with the external is mediated by the great yellow ball in which he is enclosed. His are everyday actions: going up a staircase, tugging on a rope, sitting on a Vespa, embracing his daughter Julie... Despite the simplicity of the actions, his second skin makes him clumsy and slow: each movement, each attempt to hold on to an object is destined to failure, to fall. Its respective titles (“latex-air-artist- fitting to...”) prefigure with ironic resignation the inevitable disaster. The photographic series Home-Frame II sets the sculptural work in a succession of brief, subtly comic scenes, in relentlessly absurd fragments where the factuality of the image eludes any effect of rhetoric. It is perhaps this vein of refined and conceptual humour, and the precision and immediacy of his plastic language, the drawbridge that Hans Hemmert throws to the Anglo-Saxon tradition of modern sculpture, and which relates him to artists like Tony Cragg, Julian Opie and Mona Hatoum and the denominated “freeze generation”. Anna Cestelli GuidiRead more

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Pratap Singh, Maharaja di Orcha, Original (2011) - Andrea Zucchi

Pratap Singh, Maharaja di Orcha (after an unidentified photographer), 2011 70 x 50 cm, without frame Ballpoint pen on parchment paper Cycle "Geishas, Pyramiden & Maharajas" The cycle "Geishas, Pyramids & Maharaja" by Andrea Zucchi presents a series of works in which the artist translates 800 old photographs from the 19th and 20th century into drawings and turns the black and white originals into an eccentric chromaticism. The cycle is a tribute to the great invention of 1938, the indispensable writing aid of today, of which more than 100 billion pieces have been sold: the ballpoint pen. In this series of drawings Zucchi re-interprets with a blue ballpoint pen on parchment paper three exotic themes: the subtle grace of the Japanese geishas, the mystery of the pyramids of Egypt, and the lush splendor of the Indian Maharaja. "After selecting a photograph, Zucchi traces it using a Bic ballpoint pen, strictly blue. This is a technique that was used by such artists as Alighiero Boetti and Jan Fabre. Through a more analytic process of drawing [...] he obtains a new image copied from the photograph. This drawing becomes the “pattern” for creating a painting by altering the ghost - the ever phantasmal character of the old photographs whose linear features are preserved in the graphic image ..." Sergio Risaliti, Fondazione Stelline, MilanRead more

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