Recent Drawings by Helmut Hammen
Opens September 13 at R. Mona Gallery
R. Mona Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition of drawings and screen prints on canvas by Helmut Hammen, his third exhibition in Chicago.
Helmut approaches these new images from the transitional space between the real and imagined. For this exhibition, the images present are a result of collaging images digitally, inventing narratives and elevating questions pertaining to cultural trends, art historical tropes, and things of the internet.
Hand drawn and silkscreened onto canvas, the images are presented as compositions differentiated through intimate drawings and large gridded silkscreen images. Hammen considers his practice to be drawn from biographical, cultural, and iconographic principles that are materially inventive and technically heavy to produce grand images that might corrode or enlighten historical contexts and natural motifs. Hammen compacts a wide array of appropriated and intensely personal source materials to produce finite structures, images and texts.
Helmut Hammen (b. 1992) received his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. He currently lives and works located in Chicago and outside of Pittsburgh. His work was recently included in With a Capital P: Selections by Six Painters at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois curated by Jose Lerma and in Art Link Phoenix’s inaugural exhibition at Park Central in Phoenix, Arizona. Other group exhibitions include Baby Blue Gallery and Green Door Halsted, Chicago, IL; Levine Machine, Phoenix, AZ; Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA; among others.