Similarly Hempton’s recent wall painting installations on which she has hung groups of canvases, for example the recent work at the Gwangju Biennale, operate as abstractions, made quickly, in response to the architectural surroundings of their situation and an extension of her palette outside the framework of the canvases.
Hempton has described the act of looking for models on Chat Random as having a sense of wilderness about it and acknowledges a differing tone from the intimacy of painting those known to her.
Visible inside a small window on the computer screen, only identified by their location and sometimes a username, Hempton meets strangers – all encountered have been male – online and asks them to model for her whilst continuing the chat connection.
Chatrandom.com, like its alternative chatroulette.com, began with a utopian incentive to provide a global platform for human interaction and has largely evolved into a site used for sexual encounter or exposure.
She said she gets up to three messages a day from men, "90% from Muslim countries" like Egypt, Turkey and Jordan.
Ternovskiy was supposed to show foreign tourists around the shop, pulling various nesting dolls, lacquered boxes, and kitschy Soviet paraphernalia from the bright vitrines.
The job was easy but exhilarating.“I was really excited to work there, because I met, like, hundreds of different nations in a day,” Ternovskiy said recently at a coffee shop near his mother’s apartment, in the far reaches of northwestern Moscow.
The most reliable version, however, centers on a shop called Russian Souvenirs.
It is an upscale outfit owned by Ternovskiy’s uncle Sasha, who hired his nephew to work there as a salesman during the summer of 2008, five days a week, eleven hours a day.