André Hemer

1981 · New Zealand

Artist biography

André Hemer is an established mid-career artist, who was born in New Zealand, like other famous artists such as Bianca van Rangelrooy, Star Gossage, Rangi Kipa, Pauline Bern, and Pauline Rhodes. André Hemer was born in 1981.

About André Hemer's works

André Hemer is known for working in the fields of Digital and Abstraction work. By blending art and technology, digital art essentially supplies the artists with boundless possibilities and an ever-growing liberty to create artworks that will challenge the boundaries between these two worlds. In the early 1980s, British artist Harold Cohen pioneered computer-generated art by building AARON, a computer program which was designed to independently produce art. Since then, the use of diverse digital mediums to generate art has been in constant expansion, and digital art can include digital paintings, photography, 3D renderings as well as digital installations.

Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead tries to achieve an effect with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main elements have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly significant in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for a significant number of branches of abstract art.

Galleries and Exhibitions

André Hemer is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. Galleries include Kristin Hjellegjerde London | Wandsworth in the United Kingdom, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in the United States, and Kristin Hjellegjerde Berlin in Germany. André Hemer's most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Antoinette Godkin Gallery in Auckland (09 December 2019 until 20 December 2019) with the exhibition Ex Flirting With Summer. André Hemer's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions HIGHLIGHT: CHELSEA (06 October 2018 - 27 October 2018) at Hollis Taggart in the United States and Woven and Illuminated (25 April 2019 - 31 May 2019) at Kristin Hjellegjerde Berlin in Germany. André Hemer's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called ART BRUSSELS and took place at Kristin Hjellegjerde London | Wandsworth in the United Kingdom from the 27 April 2018 to 26 May 2018.

Further Biographical Context for André Hemer

Born in 1981, André Hemer's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary.

Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a influential idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline.

The rise of consumerism and advertising that took place in the 1980s influenced a trend in Japan that developed into the art form of manga, which was visually inspired by trends in advertising and graphic design. Takashi Murakami arose as a leading figure in the art world, coining the term ‘Superflat’ to describe a theory inspired by the aesthetic characteristics of manga and the nature of post-war Japanese culture. Murakami went on to found the influential Kaikai Kiki collective, which was inspired by his experiences living in New York City in the mid-1990s.

German artists and ideas strongly influenced trends in conceptual photography during this period. German artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and inspired international artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who created images with a cinematic expressiveness that were inspired by the themes present in the German artists’ work. At the same time, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the field of painting.

The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the divisive, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres epitomised the atmosphere of the era.

André Hemer

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