New Artist in Residence in Schwalenberg

Works against the disappearance of materiality and corporeality
Max Hampel from Kassel is the new 2022 fellow at Künstlerhaus Schwalenberg


Schieder-Schwalenberg, 17 March 2022. Continuous freelance work is still particularly difficult for artists in the ongoing times of Corona - all the more important are funding opportunities such as the Schwalenberg Scholarship for Visual Artists of the Landesverband Lippe. The Kulturagentur therefore received a correspondingly large number of applications. Most of the applicants came from Germany, but there were also applicants from the rest of Europe, Russia and Asia. A new scholarship holder for Schwalenberg was selected by the jury - again digitally via video conference. As always, the selection was difficult, because there were many top-class artists from all areas of the visual arts among the applications.


Members of the jury were the two artists Axel Plöger and Prof. Ernst Thevis (FH OWL, Department of Architecture/Sculpture) from Detmold, Prof. Andreas Beaugrand from the FH Bielefeld (Department of Design), André Köller from the company Phoenix Contact & Co. KG in Blomberg, who will again sponsor the scholarship in 2022, Jörg Düning-Gast, Chairman of the Lippe Regional Association, and the two art historians Vera Scheef M.A. and Dr. Mayarí Granados from the Cultural Agency of the Lippe Regional Association.
All applicants were asked to formulate a project plan for the scholarship period in Schwalenberg and to convince the jury with their works.


The jury unanimously chose the artist Max Hampel from Kassel, who convinced the jury with his unusual use of materials and the resulting haptic quality of his abstract works.
He will live and work in the Künstlerhaus Schwalenberg from 1 May to 31 October 2022, and from 30 September to 30 October 2022 his works will be presented in the Robert Koepke Haus in Schwalenberg.


Max Hampel's works are located at the interface between painting, sculpture and installation. In the process, "image bodies" are created that do not show any representations or images. Less than the creation of an illusion, Max Hampel is fascinated by the processes at work in pictures: Ageing, outgassing, drying, weathering, swelling, sweating, shrinking, stretching - ultimately physical phenomena that could also be used to describe the basic properties of a human body. His works appear as living, corporeal landscapes in which continuous change is inscribed. In this sense, the exploratory questions of his work concern the material of painting itself. The works are preceded by years of material studies. Through mixtures and misappropriated uses, new combinations are continuously created. In this way, Max Hampel wants to bring the physical nature of the painting into view, whereby the material itself becomes an aesthetic category in these works.


During the Schwalenberg scholarship, Max Hampel would like to deepen his artistic research into materials and strives to produce new "pictorial objects". The aim is to discover new applications in the course of this search, to formulate his own visual language more finely and to expand the entire body of work. The results of this research are to find their completion in an installation staging in the final exhibition in October.

Max Hampel (*1989 in Cologne) worked as an assistant in the studio of the sculptor Gereon Krebber in Cologne from 2009 to 2012. From 2012 to 2021, he studied fine arts at the Kunsthochschule in Kassel, including specialist classes with Mathilde ter Heijne (performance), Johannes Spehr (painting), Florian Slotawa (concept/sculpture) and Mario de Vega (sound). In 2021 he presented his final project at the Wilhelmhallen in Berlin.
In 2014-2015 he worked as a curator at Stellwerk in Kassel, and in 2015 he also studied painting with Zbigniew Bajek at ASP Krakow via the Erasmus programme.
Max Hampel lives and works as a freelance artist in Kassel.


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