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IntroductionABOUT THE WORK
In Japanese culture, cherry blossoms embody beauty, awakening, and transience. Their symbolic power is clearly expressed in Holger Lippmann’s digital work. From soft pinks to deep reds, Lippmann creates a sea of cherry blossoms in a wave of colour, celebrating his own hanami through his images.
And like the hanami, the traditional Japanese cherry blossom festival, Lippmann’s work inspires joyful and melancholic emotions at the same time. The digital artist stylistically and graphically reinterprets the cherry blossoms. A classically trained painter, he has traded his physical drawing implements for computer programs.
In his Recursive Trees series, Holger Lippmann uses digital means to capture the magic of blooming cherry blossom trees. In contrast to Rose Cherry, the depicted blossoms feel more powerful than delicate and playful. The branches give the images structure and weight. The extraordinary composition in Lippmann’s pieces quotes from traditional Japanese painting, impressively illustrating how captivating and emotional Japan can be during cherry blossom season.
Language of Landscape
Humans allegedly began creating the first mosaics 400,000 years ago. As one of the most advanced digital artists of our times, Holger Lippmann knows how to implement this ancient technique in a very special way. In his Language of Landscape series, he creates extremely modern masterpieces with inlaid landscapes in which the valleys, hills, and villages can only be recognised at a distance. It is clear that his creations originate on the computer.
The angular building blocks that make up the image are reminiscent of pixels, colourful pieces arranged into patterns. With their help, Lippmann creates aesthetic worlds that seem both abstract and full of life. Lippmann’s work falls somewhere in between artistic disassociation and realistic reproduction, between old values and modern perspectives.
These woods give off a thrilling air of mystery. Although they are clearly recognisable for what they are, the trees have little in common with reality. They indicate a future perfection we cannot even imagine yet. Holger Lippmann’s images in the La Forêt series settle somewhere between nature and virtual reality.
The futuristic tree trunks, the perplexing colours, the mystical light, the bold shadows, and the floral patterns come together in these extraordinary compositions. The series La Forêt evokes a whole range of emotions: fascination, curiosity, and also a slight fear of the unknown. The familiar seems strange while the foreign seems familiar. It appears nearly impossible to tear yourself away from this vision of another world.
Crimson and Scarlet
From a distance, the floral worlds in Holger Lippman’s Crimson and Scarlet series appear like a digitized natural spectacle. Upon closer inspection, the finer details become clear. Curving branches flow through the entire artwork like life-giving veins. Between them, crimson and scarlet flowers blossom in front of a soft, mauve background. While the interplay between the colors is already captivating enough, there is another layer to discover in that Lippman has outlined every single petal with his virtual brush. The blossoms in the foreground have contours in powerful white and red hues, in the middle there are individual petals with contrasting shades like sky blue, turquoise, and neon green. The artist lets the color accents in the background quietly fade away.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Extremely sought-after for his art, which he has dubbed “e-art”, Holger Lippmann has been featured in numerous exhibitions. Born in 1960, he studied painting and sculpting in Dresden and Stuttgart, before moving on to develop his own computer drawing software.
Lippmann’s images range from representational subjects like flowers to geometric figures to superimposed matrix structures. Although essentially abstract, Lippmann’s work is always connected to the concrete.
Digital or Computer-Aided Painting
When trained painter Holger Lippmann picks up a brush, he feels as though something is missing: the abundance of possibilities he can almost instantaneously run through using his computer program. And if, among them, Lippmann does not find an idea worth developing, he can always simply go back to square one. This is a creative luxury of his own design.
Holger Lippmann developed the computer drawing programs for his own work. With them, he composes delicate structures and abstract geometrical patterns he can layer and vary. The LUMAS pieces are based on a special program, in which the artist set a range of parameters to regulate the scattering of the geometrical elements. Lippmann then unites different compositions made in this way into cohesive pieces. “My internal process is the same as it was when I was working with paint and canvas,” Lippmann explains. “That’s why I call my current work digital or computer-aided painting.”
Like music, my work is born of improvisation.
1960 born in Mittweida, Germany 1985-90 Graduated in Fine Arts - Sculpture at the Art Academy, Dresden 1990-92 Student of the master class of Professor Klaus Schwabe, Art Academy, Dresden 1991 Scholarship of Baden-Wuerttemberg/ Germany, post-graduate at the Art Academy, Stuttgart Scholarship at Institut des Hautes Etudes en ArtsPlastiques, Paris, with Pontus Hulten, Daniel Buren, Sarkis 1992 Internship at the Institute of Technology, New York / Department of Computer Art 1992-94 lives in Brooklyn, New York 1997-98 Post-graduate in Multimedia Education at CIMdata, Berlin lives and works in Wandlitz, GermanyAwards
2002 POPULAR, Animations 4 electronic music, Karlsruhe, Germany Bildercodes, International media art award 1997 CD-ROM Preis, Cynet art, Dresden, GermanyExhibitions
Single Exhibitions 2011 Poetic justice & digital rights, gallery Wolkenbank, Rostock, Germany 2009 Algebra Azalea Studio, Schauplatz Second Life 2008 Take These Flowers, gallery Kasten, projectspace 4, Mannheim, Germany 2007 Matter of substraction, media ruimte bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium Meta Refresh, DAM Berlin, Germany 2005 Run into flowers, DAM Berlin, Germany 2004 Minimal garden, DAM Berlin, Germany 2003 In images we trust, gallery Silberblau, Berlin, Germany 2001 Digitale Tapeten, Art Forum, Berlin, Germany 1999 Neo geometrische Kunst, Art Basel Media Art, gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Basel, Switzerland 1993 Sentimentalismo, gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, Germany Grüß Gott, Galerie Ingrid Haar, Mönchengladbach, Germany 1992 Fern - Seh - Raum, gallery Autogen, Dresden, Germany Mathematik und Melancholie, gallery Ingrid Haar, Moenchengladbach, Germany 1991 Sans Titre, gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, Germany 1989 B.S.I.G, gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, Germany Group Exhibitions 2011 B/w borderline galleria espoonsilta, Espoo, Helsinki, Finland Just printed, gallery module2, Dresden, Germany Menschenbilder "Grosse Kunstschau Worpswede", Germany Leistungsschau, Kunsthalle Berlin, Germany Der Lauf Der Dinge, long night of videoart, Galerie Ruhnke, Potsdam, Germany 2010 Ohne uns! Art & alternative culture in Dresden before und after ‘89, Dresden, Germany 2009 Dasistmeinsunddasistdeins, gallery Wolkenbank, Rostock, Germany 2008 Masterplan, Abel Neue Kunst, Berlin, Germany Kunstinvasion, Kunsthalle Berlin, Germany Beyond the screen, DAM Berlin, Germany File, electronic languge international festival, Porto Alegre, Brasil
Share, Manufacturing, Festival of art and digital culture, Torino, Italy
Achtung Sprengarbeiten, NGBK Berlin, Germany
Flowers, flowers in contemporary art, H. Voigt gallery, Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, Germany
Out of disaster, Brotfabrik Berlin, Germany
Toronto Project, Goetheinstitut Toronto, Canada
Total kaputt, ABEL neue Kunst, Berlin, Germany
TRIPTYQUE, Abbaye du Ronceray, Angers, France
Glue Präsentiert, Galerie Glue Berlin, Germany Du und dein garten, Kunsthaus Erfurt, Germany 2002 Werkzeuge und Einheiten, Berlin Frankfurter Allee 3, Germany 2000 A ourssm, Kunst Akademie, Dresden, Germany 1999 DID, das kollektive ICH, Kunst Akademie, Dresden, Germany 1998 ACHSE3zu01, Kunst Akademie, Dresden, Germany Sächsische Kunstausstellung, Schloss Dresden, Germany 1994 Kunst in Deutschland, Bonn, Germany 1992 Export import, Gallery Ränitzgasse, Dresden, Germany Vier II, Leonhardi Museum, Dresden, Germany 1991 Vom Balkon Europas, gallery Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, Germany
2007-2008 14.11. - 11.01., URBAN TRANSIENCE, Goethe Institut Rotterdam (NL) 2007 19.10. - 02.12., Achtung Sprengarbeiten, NGBK Berlin 14.09. - 20.10., URBAN TRANSIENCE, ABEL neue Kunst