Herbert Hopfensperger is a contemporary light artist. He knows the secrets of light and utilizes the latest technological and digital resources in his work. With his pictorial innovations he proves just as Vermeer, William Turner and the French Impressionists to be an artist who has opened with artistic means a whole range of new possibilities for the display of light.
Three components work together: the knowing eye of the beholder, the source of light which stands or moves, and the camera which focuses on the light-source, sometimes following it and sometimes getting away from it. The light is at the center, magical, imaginary, transparent, immanent, and transcendental: in any case, mysterious and unfathomable; an important role of symmetry. The light follows the drawn lines. Curved, bent, wavy light shines with severe or even playful symmetry in two or four directions. There are virtually no straight lines, no rough edges. Instead, his lights begin to draw curves, to dance and to flow. 1 of 2
Herbert Hopfensperger sparkles veritable fireworks. With his eye, his light source and his camera, he conjures up an almost Bengal fire. At first glance, one might get the impression of a purely abstract art. But on closer inspection, you can see an abundance and diversity of highly symbolic figurations. The viewer is reminded of the swinging and floating green, bluish and pale red garlands of the Northern Lights. His imagination knows no limits for depicting distant lightning or satellite images of oceans, which reflect the moonlight.
Herbert Hopfensperger’s images will not only be seen and admired as technical masterpieces, they also invite the one who has eyes to make some meditation, prayer and self-reflection. They are mirror images of our own souls. They expand our consciousness and confront us softly and suggestively with the question of questions: Where did we come from and where are we going? 2 of 2