Suedehead: Lothar Hempel at Anton Kern Gallery, New YorkJuxtapoz // Friday, 21 Oct 2011
Up for only a couple more days is Suedehead, Lothar Hempel's ninth solo show at Anton Kern Gallery in New York. Hempel's work traverses a variety of mediums, some which are strictly two-dimensional, while others take on a sculptural quality. The show consists of five aluminum paintings, three diamond shaped photomontages, and a set of seven collages.
As the title suggests, Hempel's work pertains to the notoriously hostile Sudehead youth subculture that arose out of a general feeling of dissatisfaction and aggression. Through his own visual language, Hempel moves past intricate details that identify the subculture and focuses more intently on a juxtaposition of "elegant modern dance poses [and] thuggish posturing and swagger" as a means to highlight the artists exploration of sometimes irrational and inappropriate human behavior that is often disguised by a myriad of imagination and chicanery.