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Exhibition Detail
Dunkelkammer
Osterfeldstrasse 6
22529 Hamburg
Germany


September 25th, 2012 - November 6th, 2012
Opening: 
September 24th, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Hand  , Friedrich EinhoffFriedrich Einhoff, Hand ,
2011, Acrylic and charcoal on paper , 16,5 x 24 cm
© Courtesy LEVY Galerie, Hamburg
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“Friedrich Einhoff’s painting can be understood as a subtle
evolution of modernity’s central achievements. On the one hand, at
the heart of his work, is the human figure, its formal reduction and
expression; on the other, is the prevalence of elements that at
first seem to resist representation. Amorphous forms extend the
picture surface but also suggest abstract bodily shapes.
Einhoff’s painting proceeds from lines and contours that are
distinct yet searching. His color palette is decidedly reserved –
gray and brown hues dominate – with only the occasional coloristic
accent. The proximity to drawing is palpable, even in his largescale
works. From large swaths of the canvas he removes the colors
after he applies them, creating the grainy appearance of surface
etching.
Einhoff’s use of schlieren, shadows, and abrasions – ever more
dominant over the years – recalls paintings and photographs exposed
to water, fire, or other kinds of damage. Einhoff’s technique
exposes precisely what a painted image and an analogue photograph
share on the material level: surfaces coated with substances that
change with time. The title of the exhibition Darkroom refers to
that process of artistic creation. (text after Ludwig Seyfarth)
Friedrich Einhoff, born in Magdeburg in 1936, studied with Alfred
Mahlau and Willem Grimm at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in
Hamburg from 1957 to 1962, where he was honored with the Plakette in
2008. In connection with the Hans Platschek pirce in 2009 an
extensive monography was published.
On the occasion of the exhibition a catalogue is published at Kerber
Verlag.


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