“MAKING-IMAGE”, André Hemer
@Luis de Jesus Los Angeles
Through February 10, 2018
This is Hemer second solo exhibition with the gallery. It is the most disturbing visual show ever. Impossible to render in image on Internet, these paintings have to be seen for real.
It is almost impossible to describe the complexity of what we see.
First description attempt/ This is painting on digital scanned & printed of paint objects.
Second description attempt/ Some sort of mass of paint serves as a matrix of the whole process for each canvas. That same matrix determines the shapes on the background and the colors of the paint put on the shapes.
Gallery’s description/ Digital scans of paint objects made with an open scanner en plein air at sunset on the roof of the studio building are the foundation for this work. This unique image-capturing process creates a lexicon of light, texture, color, atmosphere and location recorded with both LED scan light and the aura of this magic hour.
Back in the studio, Hemer organizes his archive of outdoor efforts, editing the scanned images and eventually printing them on canvas, looping full circle to rematerialize an art artifact that still exists in its original “paint-blob” form. Onto the printed canvases Hemer adds analog layers – brushing acrylics, daubing oils, and spraying paint on digital reproductions and the original paint objects that are now attached to the surface, creating further slippages between image and object.
The result is stunning. It gives to the retina a really hard times to understand what is where, what is paint and what is printed, what is real volume and what is not. We cannot say it’s all about layers, because in that case there are no layers. There’s an accumulation of shapes and colors all upside down. Truly disturbing, truly new.