André Hemer

b.1981

New Representation #2

  • Purchased 2015
  • Acrylic, oil and pigment on canvas
  • 1835 x 1375mm
  • 2015/019
  • 2015

Artists throughout time have adapted content, style and tactics in order to represent changing perception, ambition and experience. André Hemer combines new technologies with old to push painting beyond its usual limits. His digitally- and hand-worked canvases are exploratory and open-ended. He says of them:I like to think that put alongside one another in a museum of the future, these works will reveal themselves more than they do now – because they will be removed from the nowness that seems as persuasive as ever. For this reason perhaps, I am always wary of work that proposes strongly to know itself in the moment. … I paint to record, to investigate. I am proposing New Representation, but I do so while admitting that we may not know exactly what to make of what it is that we are experiencing.

(As Time Unfolds, 5 December 2020 – 7 March 2021)

earlier labels about this work
  • André Hemer’s startling and seductive works call upon the long tradition of the handmade painting, but also acknowledge the digital imagery that increasingly dominates our experience of the world. Here, the picture plane is transformed into an unsettling and unpredictable space, leaving the question of what is real – and what is not – intentionally up in the air.

    (Unseen: The Changing Collection, 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016)