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2685 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 | T 310 838 6000

André Hemer

Deep Surfacing

Nov 05 - Dec 17, 2016

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press release



ANDRÉ HEMER: Deep Surfacing
November 5 through December 17, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5th, 6 to 8 pm / Artist Talk at 5 pm.

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce ANDRÉ HEMER: Deep Surfacing the Austrian artist's first solo exhibition in the United States, to be presented in Gallery 2 from November 5 through December 17, 2016. An artist's reception will take place on Saturday, November 5th, from 6 - 8 pm, and will be preceded by an artist's talk at 5 pm.

In his new exhibition Deep Surfacing, André Hemer continues to explore the complexity of seeing in the
contemporary world. We live in a time in which we are likely to encounter everyday objects as de-materialized
digital forms as much as their physical incarnations. Fundamental notions of what it means to experience and
determine space, light, and illusion all have been reimagined as a result.

The paintings amalgamate different ways of looking at the same thing within a single canvas. Hemer begins his
painting process with sculpted forms of dried thickened paint that are then arranged on top of a digital flat-bed
scanner. With the lid of the scanner removed, digital scans were captured directly under the summer sky of Vienna.

The resulting combination of the light sources (the LED light of the scanner mixed with sunlight) manifests images
that appear digital but are not produced in a strictly digital manner. The three-dimensionality of the captured forms is accentuated by saturated light and shadow, almost akin to 3D computer renderings that might suggest an infinite depth of space.

Hemer then adds translucent layers of spray paint, acrylic, oil and very think impasto to create surfaces that are
both optically and physically complex. These layers both cover and activate the imagery underneath, adding
areas of painterly intrusion that further "materialize" the painting and propose a depth of surface that goes beyond
traditional means.

André Hemer received his MFA from the University of Canterbury with a research period at the Royal College of
Art, London. He also holds a PhD from the University of Sydney. Recent solo exhibitions include Flat-bed Plein
at Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne, AU; and New Representation Part III at Gow Langsford Gallery,
Auckland, NZ. Recent group exhibitions include Antipodean Inquiry, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (2016), Anemic,
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2015), 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers Contemporary, London (2014), and Utopian Days, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2014). His work was also included in CODE Art Fair, Copenhagen and Art Basel, Hong Kong. He was recently awarded a six-month residency at the ISCP New York for 2017 from the Wallace Arts Trust, and in late 2016 will receive a New Generation Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. He has participated in residencies at the Villa Lena Foundation, Italy; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; and Seoul Museum of Art, Korea. In 2014 he was included in the publication 100 Painters of Tomorrow (Thames & Hudson, London), and is also involved in the forthcoming publication Painting Regarding the Present (Naives and Visionaries, Berlin). Hemer lives and works in Vienna, Austria.


For further information and images, please contact the gallery at 310-838-6000, or email
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is located at 2685 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm, and by appointment.