Magazine article Artforum International

Guony Guomundsdottir and Jochen Lempert: GALERIE DOROTHEA SCHLUETER

Magazine article Artforum International

Guony Guomundsdottir and Jochen Lempert: GALERIE DOROTHEA SCHLUETER

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Galerie Dorothea Schlueter is a newcomer on the Hamburg scene; this exhibition by Gudny Gudmundsdottir and Jochen Lempert was only its third. The gallerist's name is a pseudonym invented by Nora Sdun, Sebastian Reuss, and Goor Zankl, who make up the triumvirate running the space. This imaginary figurehead, with a name that in German intentionally sounds a bit square, is a statement in its own right, situating the gallery somewhere between the charm of fiction making and the elegance of ironic modesty.

In this exhibition, Dorothea Schlueter experimented with presentation as well: To accompany Icelandic artist Gudny Gudmundsdottir's show, the gallery asked Jochen Lempert to provide a contribution--a "background setting," as the invitation flyer notes. The asymmetrical relationship between solo and sidekick worked out perfectly: The two artists' standpoints, both of which involve archaisms and allusions to the natural world, differ enough to cross-pollinate without crowding. Lempert, a photo artist with a degree in biology, creates associative links between natural phenomena and uncovers surprising morphological coherences by grouping heterogeneous motifs. He was here represented with only two works, though both are enormous: Wolke (Cloud) and Qualle (Jellyfish), both 2010. Usually his pictures are hand-printed silver gelatin prints. Here, for the first time, he used a novel technique he calls grain-transfer printing to create photographs enlarged to wall-filling formats: self-sufficient, site-specific works, that also functioned, literally, as the backdrops for Gudmundsdottir's presentation. The grainy, soft-toned black and white typical of Lempert's intentionally blurry prints becomes even coarser when enlarged to such a size, which makes the contours of the objects nearly dissolve into suspended particles. …

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