Lothar Hempel was born in 1966 in Köln. He lives and works there. His work is present, among others, by the following institutions: FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; FRAC Limousin, Limoges; FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou. Exhibitions : The Voice of the Triangle, Modern Art, Londres (2012); The Story of The Old New Girls, Art:Concept, Paris (2012), Opium, La Conservera, Ceuti, Espagne (2012)
Lothar Hempel draws his inspiration from German history as well as from Californian New-Wave, Greek tragedy, pagan culture, music and cinema. His interest doesn’t reside in references as such: taking images for what they are or for what they convey in contemporary western culture is not his main concern. Rather, he seeks a re-appropriation akin to a way of seizing reality to make it circulate in his universe. His works are densely emotional, and instead of relinquishing themselves from the start in the form of a concept, they make us face lost or forgotten memories which we feel we could recover from one second to the other, thus engendering a multiplicity of individual interpretative possibilities and creating paths between dream and reality. Lothar Hempel creates a cosmogony – complete with characters, objects and environment – in which verbal and visual intermingle and by which previously distinct media clash in an almost violent way.