In his work, Hubertus Hamm (b. 1950) deals intensively with our experience of space. Trained as a photographer, he departs from the beaten track of classic photography, often even forgoing the very medium in which he was schooled. His works expand into the rooms, which they knowingly occupy and shape. By means of cutting and layering multiple photographs, Hubertus Hamm transforms the two-dimensional medium of photography into works that extend into three-dimensional space.
Our exhibition presents a new series of photographic layerings. The point of departure for these works are images of snow-covered branches. By layering multiple identical photographs congruently and then tearing away the upper layers, Hubertus Hamm reveals previously hidden layers. This creates a three-dimensional, relief-like structure, drawing attention to the materiality of the medium paper, whilst at the same time mirroring the motif – the layers of snow-covered branches – in an almost mimetic manner.
These wall-bound works are accompanied by a number of “Molded Mirrors”, stainless steel sculptures, which stand freely in space, and are also pictorially oriented towards the wall. The “Molded Mirrors” are stainless steel sheets, which are first deformed by the artist using raw mechanical forces, then covered with a special coating to create high-gloss, reflective objects that sensitively reflect their environment. Placed in the room or on the wall, the viewer is prompted to repeatedly reevaluate the visual effect of the object.
The works of Hubertus Hamm are exhibited worldwide, including at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich or the Juan Art Museum in Beijing (2015). Permanent installations by
Hubertus Hamm are found in places including the Allianz Arena in Munich and at the Acatech, the National Academy of Science and Engineering in Munich.