In Paule Hammer’s (1975, Leipzig) paintings and installations, personal realities and private philosophies are woven into dense, pop-inspired compositions of text and image. The density and intensity of his hand-written texts is countered by the brilliant colors of his paintings and his borrowings from pop culture.
The exhibition brings together two recent series. In “World Encyclopedia” (since 2008) journal-like sketchbook pages are expanded into large-scale installations of Hammer’s internal musings on the subjects of philosophy, perception, and natural history. For example, he explores the function of the gaze, the notion of an artificial God, and German slage.
"Interview Magazine" is based on dialogical situations in his studio, where individuals are invited to sit for a portrait and a recorded interview. Among his protagonists are a mother who left her husband to become an artist with a male pseudonym, a Michael Jackson fan with an expansive and esoteric worldview, and a friend of the artist who underwent the psychotic experience of daily life in a drug commune in Portugal.
In the exhibition at Kunstverein Göttingen Paule Hammer will present these two major series of works together for the first time, marking a shift from his complex conversations with himself to an investigative exchange with others.
An artist book has been produced in conjunction with the exhibition and is published by argobooks, Berlin.
We would like to cordially thank all lenders to the exhibition: SØR Rusche Collection Oelde/Berlin, Collection Philara, Düsseldorf, and Collection Wilhelm Otto Nachf.