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.

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 - Detail, oil on canvas, 60 by 36 inches (152x91cm), 2019

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.

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 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.

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 above is showing the work in its current process.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

INTO THE ROUGH, November 2020, by Lederle

Posted on Nov 3, 2020

INTO THE ROUGH, November 2020, by Lederle is a work - just finished -  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.

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.

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.

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.

'Into the Wood' and 'Out Of The Wood' are two paintings created by cutting the original paintings

Posted on Oct 10, 2020

'Into the Wood' and 'Out Of The Wood' 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.

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.

'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

'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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