ARMIN LAMBERT - All To No Purpose, 18.03 Ð 24.04.2006
Opening: Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Press Preview: Friday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m.
Armin Lambert, born in 1939 and now living in Kraichtal, has for several decades concentrated his attention, in various groups of works, on the transfer of reality into the image as well as on the reality of the image.
In the 1970s he used thinner to smear his fine grid-drawings that were executed with colored pencils, and today he utilizes, among other things, the negatives of his own photographic work-documentation to rub away the colored layers of the celluloid and to reproduce as artistic pictures the negative images that are drawn in this manner.
In the Badischer Kunstverein, Armin Lambert is displaying an extensive group of frottages with which he transfers everyday objects onto paper in a scale of one-to-one, as well as found textiles which have been painted over and also the aforementioned photographic negatives and positives, whose drawings bear witness to a veritable iconoclasm.
Armin Lambert works with a sparing and directly visible economy. Curtain materials which once covered views from windows or protected residents from the inquiring gaze of strangers are transformed into image-carriers, inasmuch as he assigns a new interpretation to their weaving patterns: spiral forms are traced, illusionistic bodies are reduced to two-dimensionality, intermediate forms are worked out into personal symbols. Armin Lambert´s groups of works have been characterized for more than thirty years by both these aspects: the production of mimetic images that renounce as far as possible an auratic status, and a self-authorized attack upon the ÒfinishedÓ picture.
At the end of the 1980s, Armin Lambert removed his paintings - which at that time were still situated beneath the sign of ÒradicalÓ or ÒconcreteÓ painting Ð from their wooden stretchers and from the wall, then hung them in free space. The canvas was thereby transformed from a stretched image-carrier into a commonplace piece of cloth. Back then he also evaluated his own pictorial production as a ready-made, drew with a ballpoint pen upon his own paintings, in an iconoclastic gesture which was at the same time a personal inscription upon the (painted) picture.
Exactly thirty years after his last exhibition in the Badischer Kunstverein, we are happy to present current works of the artist. During the 1960s, Armin Lambert studied at the Art Academies in Stuttgart and Hamburg and received grants to work in London (1964/65) and Paris (2002).