about us
contact us
home hongkong beijing shanghai taipei tokyo seoul singapore
art in hong kong   |   galleries   |   artists   |   artworks   |   events   |   art institutions   |   art services   |   art scene
Contemporary by Angela Li
248 Hollywood Road,
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong   map * 
tel: +852 3571 8200     fax: +852 2890 8554
send email    website  

In the Box There’s a Goat Eating Coloured Pants
by Contemporary by Angela Li
Location: Contemporary by Angela Li
Artist(s): Martin WEHMER
Date: 8 Sep - 6 Oct 2015

Contemporary by Angela Li is proud to present In the Box There’s a Goat Eating Coloured Pants, the second solo exhibition of Beijing-based German artist Martin Wehmer inHong Kong.

Wehmer’s thick oil paintings bear an abstract style while conveying simple and clearly represented subject matters. Wehmer has a profound understanding of painting as a genre, and fully embraces its restrictive properties. Wehmer sees his canvas as “a box that offers a whole array of different opportunities and possibilities”. His images are visualizations of the discourses among diverse ways of representations from our history and cultures, as well as the interactions he has with them.

Neither fully representative nor formally abstract, Wehmer’s style is a manipulation of the vast gray area between two ends of a wide spectrum. Nourished by German Expressionism and an admiration of German-born American abstract expressionist artist Hans Hoffman, Wehmer leaves the boldest of traces on the canvas with his palette knives. He draws inspiration from socially relevant goods and his almost fetishistic obsession with certain objects. His artworks are both deeply personal creations and flexible vessels that welcome viewers’ imagination. As Wehmer himself said, “[In the course of artistic creation,] there is always something you can’t control”, the viewers’ reception is merely one of them. Wehmer holds that “if you can accept this, you bring a message”.

Martin Wehmer was born in Blankenstein J. Hattingen, Germany.  In 196, he was awarded the Volksbanken art prize inGermany. He later took up art residencies in Edinburgh and Beijing, and finally decided to settle in Beijing in 2008, where he has lived and worked ever since. He was one of the organizers of the Beijing 798 Biennale in 2009. Wehmer is also a devout art educator. He has been a lecturer at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, and in the CDK project, a joint programme of the University of the Arts, Berlin and the China Academy of Art,Hangzhou, facilitating art exchange between China and Germany. His works have been exhibited extensively around the world, and have been included in important collections such as UBS (Hong Kong, Cologne, Zürich), Kunstkredit Basel and Kultusministerium Kanton Basel.

Digg Delicious Facebook Share to friend

© 2007 - 2023 artinasia.com