Herbert Hamak

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Born in 1952 in Unterfranken, Germany, Hebert Hamak lives and works in Hammelburg and Frankfurt, Germany.

Herbert Hamak’s artwork falls somewhere between painting and sculpture and springs from a combination of form, color, and light. Herbert Hamak works with pigment and mass; he shapes and molds them into simple forms that are mostly monochromatic, such as cubes, parallelogram, and columns.

Herbert Hamak’s method for creating these forms results from his expertise in mixing pigments with resin and wax. This liquid substance is molded on a conventionally constructed canvas, which provides structure for it. Even though his method mandates the perfect mastering of the medium, the artist allows serendipity every opportunity to intervene: chance causes bubbles and distortions during the drying process and the exterior conditions alter the pigment colors.

Hamak plays with both the physical properties that allow color to appear to the eye and also with the diverse aesthetic mediums that enable color to attract our eyes. Because the color is imprisoned in a translucent material, it can interact with the surrounding light. Light passes through the paintings, endowing them with a vaporous aspect that belies the true weight and mass of the object.

Exhibitions (selection): Palazzo Fortuny (Venice), Museo Lapidario Maffeiano (Verona), MAMCO (Geneva), Mallorca Museum (Spain), Museum Haus Lange (Krefeld), Museo di Castelvecchio (Verona), Kunsthalle Manheim (Manheim), Peggy Guggenheim (Venice), Studio Visconti (Milan), Flash Art Museum (Trevi), Atri Cathedral (Teramo), Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art (Frankfurt), Museum Breda (Netherlands).

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