'CATHEDRAL', oil on canvas, 3 panels, 60 by 120 inches (152x305cm), 2021 - in progress, Hermann Lederle

Posted on September 14, 2021

'CATHEDRAL', oil on canvas, 3 panels, 60 by 120 inches (152x305cm), 2021 - in progress
By no means finished, 'CATHEDRAL' is starting to take shape. Stylistic elements begin to emerge in subtle steps quite imperceptible, imprinting forms of a gothic pattern. 
'CATHEDRAL', Details
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'INTO THE WILD', oil on canvas, 3 panels, 60 by 120 inches (152x305cm), 2020

Posted on July 22, 2021

'INTO THE WILD', oil on canvas, 3 panels, 60 by 120 inches (152x305cm), 2020
'INTO THE WILD', inspired by the age-old desire of exploration and conquest, is proposing to stage such passage from a merely observational parading of its subject into a purely artistic matter. In a sense, the work tries to let the paint itself thrust the viewer onto mode/style mimicking the traipsing.
'INTO THE WILD', Details
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'ROSEBUDS', oil and gold leaf on canvas, 38 by 50 inches (96x127cm), 2021 It might be of innate interest to learn, how this painting’s early stage developed and eventually ended up radically metamorphing opposite style elements

Posted on July 13, 2021

'ROSEBUDS', oil and gold leaf on canvas, 38 by 50 inches (96x127cm), 2021 - Details +
It might be of innate interest to learn, how this painting’s early stage developed and eventually ended up radically metamorphing opposite style elements, with the result of moving Lederle’s work towards a whole new direction. This appropriation of unrestrained analogues may not surprise, one only needs to look at his previous painting series ‘ADAPTATION’. As contrary as the fan-shaped color fields in the first stage vanish under the ubiquitous ROTA PIXEL blots, they hold their own in the balance. And a new visual is born.
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‘FOREVER YOUNG’, oil on canvas, 50 by 66 inches (127x168cm), 2008 - DETAIL A rough stencilled word etched into the enigmatic image evoking a textured face or perhaps a landscape.
Posted on June 4, 2021
‘FOREVER YOUNG’, oil on canvas, 50 by 66 inches (127x168cm), 2008 - DETAIL
A rough stencilled word etched into the enigmatic image evoking a textured face or perhaps a landscape. The use of translucent coldwax, a substance that adds body to paint for impasto technique imbues a competitive edge, a toughness. An adolescent young. Forever, a promise as much as a determination of hope. The moment frozen in time, whilst shattering the glass by tempting to halt the future. The paint itself peaks to a crescendo in appearance and purpose.
Also part of the PIXEL series this work leans on Lederle’s early engagement with expressive figuration, but makes a significant shift towards abstraction.
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'FANFARE INTO THE ROUGH', 2021, by Lederle is a work calling for an expression of pure color, abstract form, and the seductive materiality of paint.

Posted on JULY 3, 2021

'FANFARE INTO THE ROUGH', 2021, by Lederle is a work calling for an expression of pure color, abstract form, and the seductive materiality of paint. On view at the BERLINNA Studio, we are witness to the process of incremental breakthroughs that expand the language of abstraction.
The shapes and strokes do not refer to what’s seen in nature, but rather the paint is the subject.
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‘ADAPTATION DEAM’, mixed media on canvas stripes over canvas, 50 by 38 inches (127 x 96 cm), 2015 - FULL + DETAIL The composition of this work is made up from three different canvases laid over a sketched up primary canvas.
Posted on May 10, 2021
‘ADAPTATION DEAM’, mixed media on canvas stripes over canvas, 50 by 38 inches (127 x 96 cm), 2015 - FULL + DETAIL
The composition of this work is made up from three different canvases laid over a sketched up primary canvas. It was conceived as a counterpoint to be shown next to the much larger work of the three panel  'ADAPTATION' at its premier exhibition in 2015 in Germany. While in this painting a fuzzy figurative element clearly emerges, it is meant to playfully undermine the very purpose of the ADAPTATION series, the deliberate transformation of its figurative concept to an abstract one.
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‘THE QUARRY’, oil on canvas, 3 panels, 60 x 120 in, 2021 - IN PROGRESS - DETAIL
Posted on May 1, 2021
‘THE QUARRY’, oil on canvas, 3 panels, 60 x 120 in (152x305cm), 2021 - IN PROGRESS - DETAIL
This three panel painting is a continuation of the latest landscape versus paint-scape exploration by Lederle. It builds upon the fundamentals of the PIXEL series, but with a distinct dot structure and its colors separated into CMYK - similar to a crude inkjet printer. The entire surface appears viewed through a prism, splitting the light along bands of primary hues and tones. Imagine a slice cut from the earth and staged under the sunlight in our present day world, leaving one free to marvel or read.
It tempts to coach the spectator along a path to unearth, uncover long lost history ions ago.
This new technique of semi transparent paint blots marks a beginning of what might be called the ROTA PIXEL painting.
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ADAPTATION NA NA, from the ADAPTATION SERIES combines two original paintings cut into stripes and reconstructed onto a singles canvas.

Posted on April 19, 2021

'ADAPTATION NA NA',  mixed media on canvas stripes over canvas, 50 by 38 inches (127 x 96 cm), 2016 - DETAIL
This work from the ADAPTATION SERIES combines two original paintings cut into stripes and reconstructed onto a singles canvas. The surface suggests it was uncovered through scraping and gashing of its heavily textured oil paint. By means of this, Lederle’s innovative composition and technique lays the groundwork for an evolution of new expressive hybrids.
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'INTO THE LAKE', oil on canvas, 3 panels, 60 by 120 inches (152x305cm), 2020 One of the latest work by Lederle, ‘INTO THE LAKE’ wants to capture the essence of this actual landscape in symbolic abstraction.
Posted on April 8, 2021
'INTO THE LAKE', oil on canvas, 3 panels, 60 by 120 inches (152x305cm), 2020
One of the latest work by Lederle, ‘INTO THE LAKE’ wants to capture the essence of this actual landscape in symbolic abstraction. J.M.W. Turner was drawn to this location nearly 180 years earlier and produced one of his great works,  ‘THE BLUE RIGI’, in 1842.
Lederle’s painting is multifunctional: it is a mood, an atmospheric composition of nature in the abstract as much as it is a homage to Turner’s painting at the same location. Cold wax mixed generously into the oil paint, creates a transparency and light effect surrounding the solid fields of shimmering bluish rock. It is also an attempt by the artist to connect elements from the PIXEL series to his new works.
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'SILENCE NO.3’, oil on canvas, 60 by 66 inches, 2004 - DETAIL The SILENCE / WHITE SERIES paintings suggest a reality of transcending portraiture and opaque anecdotes in a near white-out brilliant existence

Posted on Mar 29, 2021

'SILENCE NO.3’, oil on canvas, 60 by 66 inches, 2004 - DETAIL
The SILENCE / WHITE SERIES paintings suggest a reality of transcending portraiture and opaque anecdotes in a near white-out brilliant existence where subject and form disintegrate in a visual grandeur. Lederle directs his choice of subject matter towards an ethereal depiction of anthropomorphic items. The tangle and blur created by the multi layered application of oil paint compounded with coldwax medium over a gold leaf grid, baits the viewer into an emotionally charged process of discovery.
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'SELF REHAB', oil on canvas, 50 by 38 inches (127x96cm), 2007 - DETAIL Born out of the 'PIXEL' series paintings, this piece retains the basic elements of shapes and structure familiarized by this work series

Posted on Mar 21, 2021

'SELF REHAB', oil on canvas, 50 by 38 inches (127x96cm), 2007 - DETAIL
Born out of the 'PIXEL' series paintings, this piece retains the basic elements of shapes and structure familiarized by this work series. But in a twist,  hard edgy grooves seemingly carved out of the paint surface suggest a facial outline along with the beat of a phrase laid over. A push to break the constant.
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‘INTOXICATION ’, as part of the ‘Footprints on Snow’ paintings exhibited first at Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica, intends to elucidate through its layered construction a distinctive rendering of forms in terms of color

Posted on Mar 16, 2021

'INTOXICATION', oil on canvas, 60 by 66 inches (152x168cm), 2012 - DETAIL
‘INTOXICATION ’, as part of the ‘Footprints on Snow’ paintings exhibited first at Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica, intends to elucidate through its layered construction a distinctive rendering of forms in terms of color and tonality influenced by a broader philosophical view urging to celebrate the beauty of the universe’s fundamental opposition to closure.
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Posted on Mar 7, 2021

'I NEED YOU CRAZY', oil and gold leaf on canvas, 60 by 66 inches (152x168cm), 2007 - DETAIL
This heavily textured work was built up over several months allowing its forms to mutate and wander about changing hues and color tones as much as de-emphasizing its core phrase. Some PIXEL elements are retained from the earlier work by Lederle, yet the lines and shapes are less structured and more intuitively rendered. The bits of colors seem to barely hold on to its underpinnings, wanting to break away stimulated by a sudden burst of  creative inspiration.
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BLUE CIRCLE, 2001 - Detail. The PIXEL series constantly plays with form and duality of superimposed layers

Posted on Feb 28, 2021

'BLUE CIRCLES', oil on canvas, 66 by 66 inches (168x168cm), 2001 - DETAIL
The PIXEL series constantly plays with form and duality of superimposed layers of varying focal lengths rendered subject matter. The construct aims to nonchalantly free its spectator of foreordained conception of what one chooses to see.
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'VERVE' , oil on canvas, 50 by 38 inches (127x96cm), 2012 - DETAIL Lederle’s abstract paintings are moored in enthusiasm and an intense occupation with the routine of creation itself
Posted on Feb 22, 2021
'VERVE' , oil on canvas, 50 by 38 inches (127x96cm), 2012 - DETAIL
Lederle’s abstract paintings are moored in enthusiasm and an intense occupation with the routine of creation itself. This featured canvas reveals Lederle's intrenched exploration of line and form through color. He is emphasizing matters which swell to the veneer only to evaporate and materialize elsewhere again that seesaws between illusionary and metaphorical, thereby examining the interstices segregating abstraction and figuration.
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'VOYAGE', oil on canvas, 48 by 48 inches (122x122cm), 2002 A painting for the purpose of itself. This work, part of the PIXEL series, was created out of the process of painting, litterally the medium itself, and much less out of a perception of concepts or constructs of abstractions
Posted on Feb 14, 2021
'VOYAGE', oil on canvas, 48 by 48 inches (122x122cm), 2002
A painting for the purpose of itself. This work, part of the PIXEL series, was created out of the process of painting, litterally the medium itself, and much less out of a perception of concepts or constructs of abstractions. It is a sensory exploitation of material and matter. Any preexisting cultural themes and theories aside, the work here merely presents and does not intend to explain cultural, aesthetic norms.
The painting is an elemental structure occupied by visual instances that declare their ambiguous presence: superimpositions and divisions that are fundamentally unimportant - the surface divided into squares - produced within the material itself and not overlaid artificially.
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FLOWER TARGET, oil on canvas, 66 by 60 inches( 168x152cm), 2001 The painting titled ‘Flower Target’ might be one of the classic pieces by Hermann Lederle were he is experimenting with the concept of dematerialization

Posted on Feb 7, 2021

'FLOWER TARGET', oil on canvas, 66 by 60 inches( 168x152cm), 2001
The painting titled ‘Flower Target’ might be one of the classic pieces by Hermann Lederle were he is experimenting with the concept of dematerialization, proclaiming that painting should avoid any references to experience outside the material presence of the work itself, but simultaneously  rebelling against these accepted rules. Instead of subscribing to conventional wisdom of non-representational formalism, he challenges a need to acknowledge that the creative processes were related to content.
Lederle’s painting evokes a variety of associations based on an elementary, geometrical vocabulary: circles, grids, squares and stripes. Then there is also a representation of figurative content. The simplicity of the forms is played down by a deceptive form of nonchalance. The contours are not clearly defined. Amorphous forms appear to melt into each other like paraffin. Blots of color can be discerned, sharp edges percolate for no apparent reason, and the anatomy of the brushstrokes is always discernible.
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I WANT YOU NOW, oil on canvas, 50" by 38" (127x96cm), 2007 - DETAIL This work by Hermann Lederle represents a continuation of the ‘Faces’ series, evolving out of his PIXEL paintings

Posted on Jan 31, 2021

'I WANT YOU NOW', oil on canvas, 50" by 38" (127x96cm), 2007 - DETAIL
This work by Hermann Lederle represents a continuation of the ‘Faces’ series, evolving out of his PIXEL paintings, while simultaneously accelerating the concept of the multi-layered imagery of faces over faces by contrasting superimposed outlines of a worded phrase. It builds a crescendo of style elements within the same artwork seeking to engage, perhaps interrogate about its ideas and cultural intention in this latest iteration.
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INTO THE WILD,  in progress - detail Blurring the boundaries between landscape and reality, Hermann lederle

Posted on Jan 24, 2021

'INTO THE WILD',  in progress - Detail
'INTO THE WILD', inspired by the age-old desire of exploration and conquest.
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Posted on Jan 16, 2021

'DAWN', oil on canvas, 50 by 38 inches, 2000
Lederle’s ‘Pixel’ paintings exemplifies a turning point in the artist’s ability to shift between abstraction and figuration. This moment marks the departure from the expressionist figurative work of the artist’s New York period. The language of figures gives away to more lyrical forms of abstract fields and colors.
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MODIGLIANI MONET ME MONOTRIBES 5 - Detail oil on canvas, 60 by 36 inches (152x91cm), 2019, Hermann Lederle

Posted on Jan 9, 2021

'MODIGLIANI MONET ME MONOTRIBES 5', oil on canvas, 60 by 36 inches (152x91cm), 2019 - DETAIL
While it might jolt to see this painting added to the works usually associated with the artist Hermann Lederle, it quite certainly exposes his desire to use a transfiguring paint technique elevating the subject to beyond what is literally there. It begs the question, is it a portrait or a symphony of color and paint? Is it a homage to past famous artist or is it significantly different and not to be confused for a copy? Perhaps, it is proposed as an experiment and likely to demonstrate a continued progression of paint itself as subject and tool.
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Effacé’ are grounded in the dynamic interplay between binary opposites

Posted on Jan 2, 2021

'EFFACÉ', oil on canvas, 60 by 66 inches (152x168cm), 2011
This painting was first exhibited at Frank Pictures Gallery In Santa Monica 2012 at the show called ‘Footprints On Snow’. The motifs of the works and in particular the painting ‘Effacé’ are grounded in the dynamic interplay between binary opposites of the geometric and organic. A back and forth that animate from the conscious to the unconscious mimicking the process of its creation. Providence and random assigned in the same competing space  -  the metaphor of a coin flip for randomness remains unquestioned.
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Into The Wild in progress December 2020

Posted on Dec 26, 2020

Artist Hermann Lederle is recognized by his peers for the innovative process of applying paint to the canvas and transforming its conceptual properties. In the process of cutting and re-assembling the stripes of one of his own painting onto a second canvas he strives to arrive at an intensely nuanced expression juxtaposed to its inherit mechanical automation. While this technique is highlighted through the more recent series 'ADAPTATION', it has had its root long before in the “Pixel” series, although with different aesthetic philosophy and formal concerns. Now again in this latest work in progress 'INTO THE WILD' featured here, this process of paint application is slightly changed. The canvas won’t be cut up and re-assembled, but the successive stage of layers are designed to transfigure the paint in a gestural abstraction over time not unlike the stripes assemblage seen in 'ADAPTATION'. The picture is showing the work in its very early progression.
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German artist Hermann Lederle is a visual composer of line, shape, and color

Posted on Dec 16, 2020

ADAPTATION 'SPLIT', mixed media on canvas stripes over canvas, 50 by 38 inches, 2015
German artist Hermann Lederle is a visual composer of line, shape, and color. His gestural paintings lead the viewer across the canvas in a dance of vibrant hues and undulating forms. Often working at a large scale, Lederle treats the canvas as a space, moving across the perimeter of his works as he intuitively applies paint to the surface.
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Re-introducing a painting by artist Hermann Lederle from the period 2013

Posted on Dec 9, 2020

Re-introducing a painting by artist Hermann Lederle from the period 2013. The piece titled 'L' APPEL DU VIDE' can be seen as the coda to the "Footprints on Snow" series of Lederle's work exhibited at Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica, California the year before in 2012. It ties in conceptually and aesthetically to the earlier works, yet in a more freely executed paint application style.
L’ APPEL DU VIDE, oil on canvas, 60 by 66 inches, 2013
- That tiny voice that tells you to jerk the steering wheel just to the right and take a flying leap... the call of the Siren song - L’ Appel Du Vide
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The 'END OF SUMMER' painting is in its second stage

Posted on Nov 30, 2020

The 'END OF SUMMER' painting is in its second stage. The stripes of linen canvas have been assembled onto the canvas panels. It's starting to take shape and reveal the intended effect. A sort of pixelated impressionism. The painting has two panels measuring 60 by 96 inches. A third and final layer of a semi transparent medium applied over the stripes is going to be next.
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Beginning in 2016, this Limited Edition Serigraph series by Artist Hermann Lederle

Posted on Nov 23, 2020

Beginning in 2016, this Limited Edition Serigraph series by Artist Hermann Lederle was produced at Fine Art Printing House Hans-Peter Haas in Stuttgart Germany over a span of four years. Here at the atelier HPH Siebdruck, known for its outstanding quality silkscreen print editions of renowned artists worldwide, Hans-Peter Haas has forged the Serigraphs by Lederle titled COLORBLOTS, COLORWEAVES, COLORSWEEPS, COLORNOTES and COLORFINITS. The series are available to view at Berlinna Gallery and can be purchased on SAATCHI ART online.
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Some of the larger canvases have a vital, explosive energy

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

'BE WITH ME'...

Some of the larger canvases have a vital, explosive energy -- the large pixels radiating outward rhythmically, like a waltz, suggest a reserved spontaneity. At the center there is calm, control, and powerful emotion. They can be puzzle-like, with a trompe-l’oeuil quality. Figures or shapes disguised within the painting are not at first apparent, but once seen cannot be unseen. Figures float to the surface and then sink back.

Image pictured is the work title 'BE WITH ME' by Hermann Lederle, oil on canvas, 60 by 66 inches, 2007.
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Lederle’s work has a 3-D, almost architectural reality...

Posted on Nov 10, 2020

"Lederle’s work has a 3-D, almost architectural reality," says gallerist Laurie Frank, "achieved without employing geometry. He creates a progression of inner space expanse that the paintings invite you to enter as an explorer evoking the thrilling sensation of stepping on virgin ground."
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A throwback to the Tribeca loft studio in New York City

Posted on Oct 27, 2020

A throwback to the Tribeca loft studio in New York City gives the new Adaptation series its beginnings. There is some time between then and what's going on at Berlinna Factory Loft now. Let's consider this.
The figures seen in the work of Schnabel, Palladino and Clemente are taciturn, drawn, permanently in crisis, as if they have embarked upon a bleak search for meaning in an otherwise solipsistic life. By the wholesale appropriation of images drawn from mass media, popular culture and art history, these esthetic scavengers, particularly Clemente, set themselves adrift across cultures and styles in an attempt to recover timeless truths on behalf of the modern experience.
Lederle’s work, too, falls within the ambit of modern expressionism in that it demonstrates, to a certain degree, the failure of traditional symbols to move us and the need to galvanize them with a shot of heroic energy. The result, ironically, is purely a superficial attraction. Take, for example, Election (1985), which presents symbols in search of a context in what amounts to an iconographical shopping list. It includes a tongue-tied figure with awkward hands, acting like a wallflower at a dance. Beside him hovers a fish and one of those little Keith Haring "Gumby" figures, looking surprisingly enervated. This is a spent art, as if the artist is waiting for someone (but who?) to pull the strings so his paintings can start moving. But there is more to Lederle’s work than this.
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The 'WALLART' at the Berlinna Factory Loft Gallery

Posted on Oct 23, 2020

The 'WALLART' at the Berlinna Factory Loft Gallery features some of the serigraph editions created by Hermann Lederle at the fine art printing atelier of Hans-Peter Haas in Stuttgart Germany. HPH Siebdruck is world renowned for its superior quality of art silkscreen printing. Among some of the works seen here are the COLORBLOTS, COLORNOTES, COLORSWEEPS, COLORWEAVES and COLORFINITS series.
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ADAPTATION ‘CIELO EAST’ by Hermann Lederle | 2016 served as an inspiration/visualization for composer Steffen Wick

Posted on Oct 16, 2020

ADAPTATION ‘CIELO EAST’ by Hermann Lederle | 2016 served as an inspiration/visualization for composer Steffen Wick to produce Crosscurrents. The art piece is constructed from two original paintings on canvas, which are cut into stripes and reassembled on new canvases. Almost metaphorically speaking the composer states this. Composition 2.1 – two composers – one work The unusual combination of large brass ensemble and symphony orchestra follows the rare combination of two composers working on one piece (Steffen Wick & Florian Ross). Crosscurrents explores the possibilities of compositional collaboration and brings together different musical styles. Distinct musical islands are interlinked and enable the entering of unknown terrain.
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'RIPPLES' AND 'BLOOM' are two paintings created by cutting the original paintings

Posted on Oct 10, 2020

'RIPPLES' and 'BLOOM' are two paintings created by cutting the original paintings on canvas into stripes and assembling the cut pieces onto a new canvas. This process allows for the painterly strokes to be sliced and offset to create a unique appearance of abstraction.
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The title of the work will be 'Into The Wild'

Posted on Oct 1, 2020

A new three panel canvas piece is starting to take shape. The title of the work will be 'Into The Wild'. At this stage, the painting is sketched out and the underlaying brush work is complete. The next layer will be applied with the knife. This is where it's at now.
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'END OF SUMMER'... this is happening right now at the factory

Posted on Sep 25, 2020

'END OF SUMMER'... this is happening right now at the factory gallery atelier. It's a new piece by artist Hermann Lederle. It is in progress. Stay tuned
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'ADAPTATION' is massiv. Measuring five and a half feet by ten feet

Posted on Sep 19, 2020

'ADAPTATION' is massiv. Measuring five and a half feet by ten feet, this totemic monument doesn’t just envelop you, it anchors you to the ground. Reminiscent of partially open Levelor blinds, a network of dense and narrow vertical bands sweep across the canvas. There’s more weight at the center; this makes the surface quiver and shimmer, like water burbling over an outcropping of coral just beneath the surface of a roiling sea. Without fully revealing it, the piece suggests an expanse of pictorial depth. It accommodates something that is turbulent and veiled, expressionistic and controlled. The work corrals something prior and powerful, something that had once been deeply felt and is now remembered. By James Scarborough
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