Although one might think that one has already passed this street lamp, this building or that bridge in Lena Schmidt's series »Hammerbrook«, they do not just represent an image of the urban space. Rather, they are constructed landscapes. They find their role models in peripheral areas and in lost wastelands of Hamburgs city district Hammerbrook. The artist captures striking situations in quick sketches or photos, takes individual aspects from them and finally puts the fragments back together on wooden panels she finds outside to create a completely new world. It gives us an insight into abandoned buildings or backyards, which are sometimes reminiscent of backdrops and are wrapped in an almost mysterious atmosphere.

Lena Schmidt
»Hammerbrook (part 2)«, Lena Schmidt, 2011, acrylic paint on wood, scratched into wood, 450 × 150 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Hammerbrook (part 1)«, Lena Schmidt, 2011, acrylic paint on wood, scratched into wood, 450 × 150 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Hammerbrook«, Lena Schmidt, 2011, acrylic paint on wood, scratched into wood, 900 × 150 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Bullerdeich«, Lena Schmidt, 2013, marker on wood, carved into wood

Lena Schmidt
»S Bahn Hammerbrook No. 3», Lena Schmidt, 2011, enamel scratched from wood, 139 × 86 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Brandshoferdeich 66«, Lena Schmidt, 2011, marker on wood, scratched into wood

Lena Schmidt
»Soninstr.«, Lena Schmidt, 2010, marker on wood, scratched into wood

Lena Schmidt
»Brandshofstr.«, Lena Schmidt, 2010, acrylic paint scratched from wood, enamel scratched from wood, 119 × 74 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Hammerbrookstr.«, Lena Schmidt, 2009, painted, printed scratched wood, 81 × 80 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Brandshofkreuzung«, Lena Schmidt, 2009, painted, printed scratched wood, 81 × 80 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Brandshof«, Lena Schmidt, 2008, scratched out of wood, 121 × 100 cm

Lena Schmidt
»S Bahn Hammerbrook«, Lena Schmidt, 2008, enamel and spraypaint on wood, 520 × 185 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Brandshoferdeich«, Lena Schmidt, 2008, marker on wood, 196 × 55 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Brandshofhalle«, Lena Schmidt, 2007, marker on wood, 200 × 81 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Brandshof Foyer«, Lena Schmidt, 2007, scratched from acrylic painted wood, 366 × 244 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Hammerbrook No. 2«, Lena Schmidt, 2006, scratched from acrylic painted wood, 130 × 200 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Brandshof No. 1«, Lena Schmidt, 2006, marker on wood, 180 × 130 cm

Lena Schmidt
»Hammerbrook No. 1«, Lena Schmidt, 2005, acrylic paint scratched from wood

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