JOCHEN LEMPERT. Ph√§notypologie (with Peter Piller). 10.06.2005 – 31.07.2005 

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In the context of the Stuttgart Photo Summer, Galerie Reinhard Hauff is pleased to present the first joint exhibition of the two Hamburg artists Peter Piller (*1968) and Jochen Lempert (*1958). Both artists—whose works could be seen last year at the 6th International Photo-Triennale in Esslingen—explore the new visual, thematic and conceptual possibilities of different systems of archiving and/or organising found images, as well as self made photos. In the gallery show „Phänotypologie“ both artists present a selection of animal motives drawn from their respective photoarchives and put together according to various personalised criteria. The „new order“ resulting from this particular collaboration opens totally different- often humerous—perspectives in the artists‘ conceptual treatment of photography.

Peter Piller‘s work gained widespread attention through his particular organisation and presentation of a large documentation of aerial views of single family houses which he had acquired and restructured. This body of work exemplifies a method in which for years he primarily used photos from collected archives and all sorts of images scanned from various regional newspapers. The material was sorted and grouped in categories with headings such as „Sleeping houses“, „Shooting Girls“ or „Looking into Holes“ (please also see A number of these motive groups were published by Revolver-Verlag as the „Peter Piller Archive“. Characteristic for them is that they sharpen the perception of what Walter Benjamin called the „appreciation of similarity“ through re-focussing on those unintentionally repeated visual trivialities that bind them together in motive groups, but which were totally accidental to the photographer‘s and the picture editor‘s reasons for creating or displaying the motive in the first place. The original illustrative message no longer has much—if anything—in common with this whole new set of illustrations which become loaded with social commentary. Particularly photography facilitates seeing with an eye for comparison, and this is why it is central to the work of the educated Biologist Jochen Lempert. Differently from Piller, however, Jochen Lempert does not use found photos but his own—mostly black/white—photographs featuring animals in all forms of appearance ranging from the stuffed exhibits in natural history collections, to furry toys and pets. In these works on paper, Lempert mixes keen scientific observations with artistic, associative perception when portraying the objects of his natural history research experiments. Like Piller, Lempert uses in the combination of his picture series a typology of similarities which are also the structuring principle in the selection of the works included in „Phänotypologie“.