Lorenzo Pompa – Ups & Downs (reflections and involvements in daily life) 2022

Lutfridstrasse 14, 53121 Bonn

art and living #16

Ups & Downs (Involvements and Reflections in daily life), 2022

The German-Italian artist Lorenzo Pompa skillfully adapted his biomorphic, black and yellow murals in the newly designed stairwell at Lutfridstraße No. 14 to the ascent and descent of residents and visitors, thus transforming the space into a total work of art. The many different, impastoly applied, yellow “cell bodies” that appear “knitted”, surrounded by black lattice structures, accompany the passers-by like biological mitotic divisions of single, double or triple cell groups, which thus begin to move and relate to one another . Every now and then he catches a glimpse into one of the many rectangular mirrors placed in front of the painting; the reflection of the opposite wall in turn expands the physical space accordingly.
The master student of Georg Herold succeeds in a light-hearted, humorous interpretation of the sophisticated spatial structure of a stairwell. Pompa works with multimedia as a sculptor, draftsman or painter and likes to arrange the individual groups of works - be they cucumbers, cacti or anthropomorphic figures - into a pleasurable space-filling environment.

Lorenzo Pompa, born in Krefeld in 1962, studied interior design in Rome from 1984-86 and architecture at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences from 1994-96. From 1996-2003 he studied fine arts at the Düsseldorf Art Academy with Georg Herold (master student). Pompa lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Text: Beate Eckstein


Photographer: Mareike Tocha, Cologne