PALMS. Visions of the good life. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. With candles and ashtrays in the shape of palms or a glitter palm in an ice-cream sundae, we take a bit of it home—an admission that we dream a dream of great happiness, combined with a genial petty bourgeois mentality.

Herbert Hamak

The artist Herbert Hamak has a very specific way of working: paint pigments are mixed into a binding agent made of artificial resin and wax and then poured into a mould. Before the substance become solid, the stretcher – traditional canvas stretched over wood – is placed into the substance; the surface of the image remains invisible until the end of the process. Using different media, the artist creates, almost like an alchemist, both opaque and transparent visual bodies, which can appear to glow in natural light. This publication presents Hamak’s latest series of works, which he developed for his exhibition in Museum Haus Lange. Acting as interventions, the works emphasise and transcend the architectural aspects of the museum and charge it with emotion through the volumes of colour.

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"Herbert Hamak"

April 2010

ISBN 978-3-86678-419-2

17,50 x 25,00 cm

110 Pages

67 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

Martin Hentschel
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange

preface by
Martin Hentschel

Luca Massimo Barbero and Ulrich Loock
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Herbert Hamak, 7 February to 24 May 2010, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange.