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Solo show: Gerard Hemsworth: WATER INTO WINE (over)

22 April 2009 until 13 June 2009
  Gerard Hemsworth: WATER INTO WINE
Gerard Hemsworth Exploding Mushroom / Explodierender Pilz, 2008 Arcylic on canvas / Acryl auf Leinwand 213 x 229 cm
  Thomas Rehbein Galerie

Thomas Rehbein Galerie
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50674 Cologne
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Gerard Hemsworth - Water into Wine

After two successful shows in 1998 and 2001, we are glad to present the third solo show of the British artist Gerard Hemsworth in our gallery.

...Little in these pictures obstructs clear recognition: they invite access by the very young and uninitiated as much as the wizened art connoisseur. The commonality insisted upon by these pictures and the deprivileging of the 'serious', grown-up, refined appreciation of art as the proper or right one is a first indication of the work they do. And they not only equalize the social status, experience and privileges of the viewers of images but also the conditions and prospects of art itself in relation to a general image-production. If painting and drawing continue to be the leading techniques of an artproduction that privileges the hand and its mark-making as index of the artist's uniqueness, then the reduced, near mechanical grammar of these pictures indicate that these traditional methods of picturemaking are for Hemsworth instead only methods and strategies to be played off against one another to unsettle the assumed primacy of the hand - and perhaps even of the artist with regard to picturemaking. (...)

(Extract from a text by Suhail Malik, 2009)

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