Emblems of Empire (Diptych) Magazine cut out, archival print, adhesive, and ink on paper mounted on panel, 179 x 229 cm (Diptych), 2011

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Collage i verdensklasse når Gallery Poulsen slår dørene op for årets sidste soloudstilling ’Emblems of Empire’ af den anerkendte New York-baserede kunstner Debra Hampton, der b.la. er at finde i MOMA’s permanente samling. Udstillingen hos Gallery Poulsen er kunstnerens første internationale solo-udstilling og viser 13 nye værker.

I en tid hvor vi dagligt stilles over for den umulige opgave, at filtrere og afkode et bombardement af visuelle informationer fra alle sociale og materielle facetter af vores liv, synes Debra Hamptons hektiske collager at være den perfekte sammensmeltning af kreative output og kulturelle kommentarer. Hendes figurer, som hun sirligt sammensætter fra tusindvis af reklame-udklip, fanger den konceptuelle og bogstavelige essens af en hektisk og transformerende kultur på randen af konstant ødelæggelse og genfødsel.

I hvert enkelt værk sammensætter Hampton nutidige magtsymboler ved at bearbejde billeder fra mode magasiner, postordre-kataloger og antologier af patriotiske symboler, som alle repræsenterer samfundets mest eftertragtede genstande. Ved første øjekast bliver man belønnet med et svimlende udvalg af symbolske billeder der er skåret op til ukendelighed. Vi ser dissekerede skønheds produkter, flyvende motorcykel hjul, projektiler, unge spændstige kroppe, antikke våben, guldsmykker, sprøjtende blæk og håndtegnede organiske former. Den tålmodige iagttager får afsløret de følelsesmæssige aspekter og det konceptuelle indhold i sammensætningerne af værkerne. Alle disse elementer er omhyggeligt kontrolleret af Hampton og kulminerer til sidst i kvindelige former, mørke og magtfulde, der på en og samme gang kan tolkes som både heltinder og ofre for deres egne materialistiske besættelser.

Udover et dobbeltportræt, som er Hamptons største værk til dato, afslører udstillingen også en ny spændende udvikling i Hamptons arbejde, nemlig en serie af stilleben. Hampton har i årevis været fascineret af kunsthistoriens brug af koder, skjulte meninger og lagdelte symbolikker og hendes eksperimenter med denne ædle tradition virker som en naturlig udvikling. Disse legende og teksturerede værker hylder deres forgængere og indeholder de symbolske modstykker, som bruges til at beskrive moral, overskud og forfald men med et tydeligt nutidigt aftryk. Hamptons brug af moderne ikonografi og hendes uortodokse teknik løfter genren til et hidtil ukendt niveau.


Debra Hampton er født og opvokset i en forstad til Los Angeles men bor og arbejder i New York. Hun har en B.A. i kunsthistorie fra California State University i Fullerton og en MA fra New York University. Hendes arbejde har været præsenteret på udstillinger i hele USA og i udlandet, herunder National Academy of Art, NY, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Queens Museum, NY, Priska Juschka Kunst, NY, såvel som kunstmesser i Paris, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, New York og Miami. Hendes arbejde er at finde i flere prominente samlinger, herunder Museum of Modern Art i New York, Frederick R. Weisman Foundation i Californien, og Trierenberg Holdings i Østrig.


Press Release


English

Gallery Poulsen is pleased to present a solo exhibition of acclaimed New York-based artist Debra Hampton. Entitled Emblems of Empire, the exhibition is the artist’s first international solo exhibition and features new collages on panel.

At a time when we are bombarded daily with the impossible task of filtering and decoding an onslaught of visual information from every social and material facet of our lives, Debra Hampton’s frenetic collages seem the perfect fusion of creative output and cultural commentary. Her subjects, meticulously assembled from thousands of cut-up advertisements, capture the conceptual and literal essence of a frenzied and transformative culture on the brink of constant destruction and rebirth.

In each work, Hampton includes modern-day emblems of power by appropriating imagery from fashion magazines, order-by-mail catalogs, and anthologies of patriotic keepsakes all of which represent society’s most coveted and desirable objects.
The casual viewer is rewarded with a dizzying selection of symbolic images sliced up almost beyond recognition—dissected beauty products, flying motorcycle wheels, exploding bullets, youthful bodies, wooden rifles, gold chains, splattered ink and hand-drawn organic shapes—while patient appreciation reveals the emotional and conceptual tenor of the juxtapositions. These elements under the scrutiny of Hampton ultimately culminate in lusciously dark and powerful female forms who appear at once heroine and victim of their materialistic obsessions.

Along with a special two-panel double portrait diptych which is her largest piece to date, the exhibition also unveils an exciting development in Hampton’s work, a new series of still lifes. Having long been intrigued by the use of codes, hidden meaning, and layered symbolism throughout art history, Hampton's experimentation in this revered tradition seems like a natural evolution. These playful and richly textured works pay homage to their forerunners and contain the emblematic counterparts used to imply morality, excess and decay but with an undeniably contemporary twist. Using present day iconography and unorthodox technique Hampton takes the genre to the next level.

Debra Hampton was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles and currently lives and works in New York. She holds a B.A. in Art History from California State University at Fullerton and an M.A. from New York University. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad including the National Academy of Art, NY; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Queens Museum, NY; Priska Juschka Fine Art, NY; as well as art fairs in Paris, London, Berlin, New York and Miami. Her work belongs to several prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Frederick R. Weisman Foundation in California, and Trierenberg Holdings in Austria.



Information:

"Emblems of Empire"
Debra Hampton (US), solo
Vernissage November 18th from 5 - 8 pm
The show runs until January 7th, 2012


Gallery Poulsen Contemporary Fine Arts
Flæsketorvet 24, Den hvide Kødby
1711 København V.
Tlf. +45 4015 5588 // +45 3333 9396

www.gallerypoulsen.com
[email protected]
Opening hours: Tuesday thru Friday 12 -17.30, Saturday 11 - 15 or by apointment



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'Emblems of Empire (Diptych)' Magazine cut out, archival print, adhesive and ink on paper mounted on panel 179 x 229 cm (Diptych), 2011
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