Herbert Hamak

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Edited by: Dr. Martin Hentschel German, English 1996, 182 Pages, 43 Ills. Hardcover 245mm x 175mm
ISBN: 978-3-89322-850-8

The Frankfurt artist Herbert Hamak has created an unusual position in the field of painting with pictures consisting of rectangular, minimalist bodies made of pigmented bonding agent which jet out into the room. Characteristic for his object-like paintings is the bizarre depth of light generated by the closed body and the transparent quality of the paint. For the exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverein, for which this book was published, a series of paintings was created from 24 coloured paintings whose common theme is the colour blue. The pigment basis of these blue paintings is smalte, a mixture of cobalt blue and glass which was of particular "ideological" and iconographical importance for the art of the Middle Ages and, above all, in the imagery of the Romantic period. With his experimental literary text, the writer Marcus Hammerschmitt provides investigations (parallel to Hamak's works) on the theme colour, seeing, awareness. The artist: Herbert Hamak, born 1952. From 1974-1979 studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Since 1981 solo and group exhibitions in leading galleries at home and abroad.