Christopher Grimes Gallery will be presenting an exhibition of new work by German artist, Herbert Hamak. Hamak both maintains and revitalizes the tradition of painting with this new body of work. The paintings to be included in this exhibition extend the picture plane beyond the canvas support structure. The works are thus illuminated in reverse by light reflecting off the walls behind them, creating a new approach for investigating color within the genre of traditional monochromatic painting.
“His works impress because they are strongly structured, rigorous, transparent, and ambiguous entities. The transparency is such as to capture and retain light. The ambiguity lies in the vitreous consistency of the material, a midway point between solid, liquid and airy … It is not very important whether the work is on canvas and projects from the wall or if it builds up from a base on the floor: neither the one nor the other decides if a work is a painting or a sculpture. The decisive question is that matter reveals itself through its growth in volume.”
- Bertoni, Mario. “The Quintessence of Formed Form,” Herbert Hamak (catalogue), 2001
Herbert Hamak has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. He is currently exhibiting a 5-meter column in the Main Garden at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, as well as working on a large-scale project at Castel Vecchio in Verona, Italy, which is due for completion in March of 2007.