NEWS Summer exhibition opening at Bildmuseet on Friday 15 June! Two exhibitions are to be inaugurated, one of them Jochen Lemperts solo exhibition Sudden Spring – the artists first exhibition in the Nordic region. Using an analogue 35-mm camera, Lempert records animals and nature, and he also finds his motifs in urban environments like his hometown of Hamburg.
Jochen Lempert is a trained biologist and has been working as an artist since the early 1990s, with black-and-white photography as his primary medium. Animals, plants and other natural phenomena are his main motifs, and he observes them with the gaze of both a researcher and an artist.
Using an analogue 35-mm camera, he records flocks of birds, insects, ocean waves or the interplay of light and shadow on foliage. Sometimes, he places plant or animal matter directly onto photosensitive paper and then exposes it to light. He finds his subjects in the forest, out on the open sea but also in densely populated urban environments. Many of the images in the exhibition were taken in the artist’s hometown of Hamburg.
In the exhibition space, Jochen Lempert displays his photographs without frames or other mountings. From a bit of a distance you may get the impression of a collection of uncomplicated representations of animals and nature, but on closer inspection, paradoxical and completely unexpected connections start to emerge between the photographs. By combining motifs and relationships in terms of form and visual characteristics, the artist opens up for new interpretations and associations. In the exhibition, he creates new image combinations where his earlier photographs are brought together with newly taken ones. He allows his subjects to initiate new, unexpected dialogues, and the perspective is not only poetic. There is also room for political interpretations.
Jochen Lempert (b. 1958) is living and working in Hamburg, Germany. This is his first solo exhibition in the Nordic region. His works have been shown, for example, at Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (2018); S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium (2017); Izu Photo Museum, Shizuoka, Japan (2017); Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada (2016); Cincinnati Art Museum, USA (2015) and The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK (2014). In 2017, Jochen Lempert received the prestigious Camera Austria Award for Contemporary Photography.
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