Camera obscura

09.Jan - 17.Feb 2018

Participating artists/institutions: 
Michael Amman, Till Augustin, Waldemar Bachmeier, Reiner Bergmann, Galerie Bernsteinzimmer, Oliver Boberg, Meide Büdel, Wolfgang Christel, Roland Draack, Barbara Engelhard, Béla Faragó, Sabine Freudenberger, Birgit Maria Götz, Hans Grasser, Inge Gutbrod, Kathrin Hausel, Original Hersbrucker Bücherwerkstätte, Hubertus Heß, Walter Hettrich, Josef Hirthammer, Christian Höhn, Giorgio Hupfer, Franz U. Janetzko, Ursula Kreutz, Lutz Krutein, Hartmut Kuhnke, Peter Kunz, Herbert Liedel, Aja von Loeper, Thomas Lunz, Thomas May, Anders Möhl, Thomas Mohi, Anja Molendijk, Sabine Neubauer, Christian Oberlander, Tilman Oehler, Rudi Ott, Stefanie Pöllot, Dan Reeder, Sabine Richter, Christian Rösner, Harri Schemm, Susa Schneider, Pirko Julia Schröder, Ingolf Sernow, Verena Waffek, Stefanie Walter, Fredder Wanoth, Achim Weinberg, Joseph Stephan Wurmer, Reiner Zitta

More than 50 artists of the entire gender diversity from the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region represent a broad field in contemporary art. From watercolor to pulp, from departure to destination, from analytics to Zen, they span in 25 tandems the arc that makes the "indefinable in art" - as Pablo Picasso felt - accessible and thus tangible to us in the first place. The eponymous "camera obscura" or pinhole camera is a black box with a tiny hole on one side. Through this hole, light can fall inside the box onto a light-sensitive layer such as film or paper, and an upside-down image is obtained in the pinhole camera. This is then turned "right side up" in the darkroom. The long exposure time of up to 45 minutes creates an image with a special feel. It's like capturing an entire film in a single image.

Josef Hirthammer

10 BLACK

Graphite pencil on canvas

200 x 150 cm

€ 16.000,00

Josef Hirthammer

DIE ZARTEN WEISSEN

White pencil on cardboard

48 x 68 cm

€ 6.000,00

Josef Hirthammer

ENGELSKOPF

Cast stone

50 x 40 x 30 cm

€ 3.000,00

Josef Hirthammer

Flower 106

Pencil, acrylic on canvas

70 x 50 cm

€ 3.900,00

Josef Hirthammer

LEBERBLUMEN

Photo, wax on wood

60 x 40 x 10 cm

€ 3.900,00

Josef Hirthammer

NEARLY WHISTERED

Colored pencil on canvas

80 x 60 cm

€ 4.500,00

Josef Hirthammer

NELLA

Photo, wax on wood

40 x 30 x 10 cm

€ 2.900,00

Josef Hirthammer

WHITE ONE

Photo, wax on wood

75 x 50 x 15 cm

€ 4.500,00

Josef Hirthammer

WIESENKOPF

Photo, wax on wood

75 x 50 x 15 cm

€ 4.500,00

The camera obscura as a medium does justice to artists and art insofar as both are a creative process that is concentrated in the work of art and whose magic becomes perceptible within a moment. Günter Derleth has photographed the artists' studios with his pinhole camera, which allows a wide angle of vision, thus a generous overview and an equal insight into the innermost of individual art biotopes. Christian Weigang took the portraits of the artists with a very differently designed and self-built pinhole camera. To ensure that the artists are depicted life-size in their portraits, he uses a pinhole camera that captures what is typically a narrower angle of view for a portrait.

"The Camera Obscura in the Studio" is a newspaper and exhibition project. The publication of "Issue 1" will be in large daily newspaper format of 64 pages, in an edition of 10,000. In more or less to very personal texts each artist writes in it about his tandem partner, about art and about life.
- Christian Weigang

Günter Derleth: Studio photos
Christian Weigang: Portrait photos

Josef Hirthammer

Josef Hirthammer has been working as a visual artist for over 40 years. His œuvre is extremely complex and defies categorization. The broad artistic range is reflected in the different design mediums, such as painting, drawing, photography, digital painting, sculpture, and installations. In terms of content, Josef Hirthammer focuses on portraits as well as ecological and philosophical themes, which he approaches through his work series. He is an outspoken nature enthusiast who transforms his encounters with nature into art objects. He is primarily interested in the producing, generating, creative, and active nature, which becomes effective from itself and which in the philosophical tradition has been equated with the source of all finite things. The artist, who lives and works in Fürth, views nature as a macro- and microcosm of its own with a unique aesthetic. This way of thinking provides him with inspiration for his works of art.


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