Hans Hemmert


On view through this week at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago is a new solo exhibition by Hans Hemmert titled, “this preparation of readiness for keeping oneself open to the arrival or absence of the god.” Hemmert is an artist who has become known for his humor infused philosophical works that reside in ideas of space, physicality, religion and the state of being. The artist has also developed a signature use of the color yellow, which often appears as an amorphous blob in his work. For his current exhibition with Kavi Gupta, Hemmert presented several yellow fiberglass sculptures along side other light and text sculptures, video animations and drawings. The works mix religious references with that of pop-culture, such as the piece “I am the way, the truth and the life [14:6]. I am the vine and you are the branches [15:1]” which shows John the Evangelist morphing into a boom box. Hemmert currently lives and works in Berlin, and studied at the Hochschule der K√ºnste Berlin and at St. Martins School of Art in London. This year, the artist exhibited with Stadtische Galerie Nordhorn in Germany, and last year exhibited “ego sum via” with Carlier/Gebauer in Berlin.