Ralf Kempken: The Artist
Ralf Kempken has been documenting Melbourne’s inner city urban landscape through screens and multi-layered stencils for over 10 years.
Even though the artwork is executed in the contemporary medium of aerosol enamel and multi layered stencils, the images are infused with a sense of nostalgia and of time passing.
The underlying concept has always been that we filter all we see through past experiences and memories. We all screen and frame our personal view of the world and with this in mind the stencils have turned into screens.
Ralf’s iconic trams and Melbourne imagery also featured on his “Mali in the city” sculpture, installed in the CBD during August and September 2012. This was part of the Melbourne Zoo’s 150th birthday celebrations which included the installation of fifty fiberglass elephant sculptures, painted, welded or knitted by local artists in Melbourne’s CBD district. In October these elephants returned to the Zoo and were auctioned off with proceeds going to wildlife conservation programs. Ralf’s sculpture achieved the record price of $28 000 for the night!
Ralf has exhibited in over 11 solo exhibitions and over 30 group exhibitions around Australia. Most recently, he won the Flanagan Art Prize for August 2013.
2013 Stencils to Screens, Hawthorn Studio Gallery, Hawthorn East
2013 City Loop, St. Heliers Gallery, Abbotsford Convent
2012 Unknown, c3 contemporary art space, Abbotsford Convent
2011 Lines, Sticks & Leaves, St. Heliers Gallery, Abbotsford Convent
2010 – Filter, Ochre gallery, Collingwood
2009 – Looking In, Gallery Ranfurlie, Glen Iris
2009 – Now Screening, famouswhendead gallery, North Melbourne
2008 – c3 contemporary art space launch, Abbotsford convent
2008 – Interface, Powerhouse Arts Centre, Brisbane
2008 – Marios, Fitzroy
2008 – Interface, gallery launch, famouswhendead gallery, Melbourne
2005 – Marios, Fitzroy
2005 – Fitzroy galleries, Fitzroy