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Andre Hemer

André Hemer (b.1981)  graduated in 2006 with MFA (Distinction) from the  University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts and is currently studying for a PhD in painting at the University of Sydney. He has been awarded the Rita Angus Residency for 2011 in Wellington and since 2006 has had a number of international residencies. These include the Royal College of Art Postgraduate Painting Residency, Royal College of Art, London; IASK Changdong Art Studio Residency, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Residency in Germany
on a DAAD grant; Künstlerhaus GlogauAIR- Berlin on a Creative New Zealand grant ; Sofitel/GAP Project Residency, Global Arts Projects, Melbourne; Seoul Artspace Geumcheon Residency, Seoul Council for Cultural Affairs, Korea; and the Nanji Art Studio Residency (short-term), Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Korea.

Hemer works between a variety of media including painting and site-specific installation. He has exhibited widely internationally and is represented in New Zealand by Antoinette Godkin Gallery in Auckland and Bartley and Company in Wellington. He also works with Public Delivery, an initiative curated by Martin Schulze.
Following is an excerpt from renowned art critic, Andrew Clifford’s review of a recent solo exhibition at SoFA Gallery in Christchurch, “REARRANGING THE DECK CHAIRS”

Through painting, Hemer maneuvers the contradictions of digitality into a physical realm, to manifest data and deletions in a tangible way, translated into time and space with paint.  Captured moments from his archive become objects in 3-dimensional space, a gesture that fixes them as an interface and form that transcends technological evolution.  They are formed within spaces  subject to the digital propensity for transformation and erasure, but are secure from the trigger-happy destruction caused by the ever-present delete key.