10 April 2013

From April 25th to May 17th 2013 Bräuning Contemporary will show new works by the Hamburg based artist Lena Schmidt in its show rooms at Hamburg's Heidenkampsweg 32 (Leder-Schüler-Haus).

Opening reception is on April 25th, 2013, 7:00 pm. The artist will be present. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.

Lena Schmidt's work celebrates places of urban abandonment, industrial wastelands, concrete ruins. There, she looks for leftovers of industrial wood, such as pallets or boxes, and is captivated by the traces of the place and its history „written into“ those planks and blocks. Her modus operandi is deliberately reduced, applying black edding, sometimes shades of colored enamel on the wood, and then scratching it off in thin, fine lines. This preserves the unique character of the wood and results in works of reduced colouring, but with rich, manifold visual impression. The combination of technical-graphical colour application (edding, enamel) and organic material (wood) allows Schmidt's work not only to capture the very moment of her forgotten places, but their history and memory as well.

Lena Schmidt has studied Liberal Arts with Prof. Mullican and Prof. Burki at the University of Arts Hamburg. Her work was shown, among others, in group exhibitions in the Hanover Kunstverein and on the Art Basel Miami Beach. Recently she had solo shows in the Victory Gallery, Portland OR (USA) and in the K' – Zentrum für aktuelle Kunst in Bremen.


BRÄUNING CONTEMPORARY presents an international programm of contemporary art with main focus on painting and drawing. The gallery was founded in 2010 by Lotte and her brother Till Bräuning. The gallery space is located in the Kontorhaus Leder-Schüler, an historic office building, former home base of the Leder-Schüler-Werke, a traditional Hamburg based leather processing company. The show rooms

extend over 170 sqm on the 2nd floor. The gallery work includes the regular publication of catalogues accompanying our exhibitions. The gallery focusses on the communication and placement of innovative and contemporary positions in visual arts.

BRÄUNING CONTEMPORARY | Heidenkampsweg 32 | 20097 Hamburg | Opening hrs: Tu–Fr, 10am – 6pm, Th 10am – 9pm | +49 40 2351 351 10