As interesting and diverse as the first part of the presentation of the participating artists at the Kunst Direkt 2014 exhibition was – that was not even all yet!
Following here is now the second part with more artists from Rhinehessen that extrapolate their means and ways of expressing themselves from figurative painting, photography, sculptures, and other things.
The human shape, often as a single figure, is the theme of his sculptures that are occasionally put into contrast with scenic or architectural-cubic elements.
Many of his works are created from clay with its fragile surface texture. By rethinking the usually hollow structure of clay works he has developed a special technique over the years that allows him to create statuaries of unusual scale.
He skillfully, purposely, and sensitively integrates the joints into the overall impression of the sculpture (the size of the individual pieces has to be adjusted to the furnace and therefore the object as a whole will not be put together until later on in the process of creation).
Quote Dietmar Gross: „In the Rhine-Hessian landscape, everything she has ever searched after seems to creatively condense itself.
The lucidly structured, unspectacular cultural landscape, forever characterized by winegrowing and the pathway of the great european river Rhine, captured her imagination.
She authentically visualises the aesthetic sensation – without […] exaggeration she describes the beauty of the region she lives in meticulously and yet highly emotionally.
With her paintings she commemorates the soft lighting in this strip of land that many compare to the ambient radiance of Northern Italy.“
Quote: „My main theme is, to put it crudely, naked women.
That is what intrigued me the most. I always wanted to know, why do you do something?
Why do you create a sculpture or do a painting? If you do not know that, you will not achieve anything by just working along.
You have to recognise the thing, identify its arrangement, translate it into yours, not just copy it.
That is and was my credo, for all my life.“
Quote: „Photographers live here and now […]. They measure the pulse of time in hundredths of seconds.
He shrinks the field of view and reduces the motive on the bare essentials: the common becomes the special.
An interplay of colour, form, and light creates an image of reality inside the camera. When I push the trigger it becomes my picture, my reality, coined by my personality.
Photography is a journey in time: taking a photograph always takes place in the present, the content of the picture however belongs to the past and is capable of shaping the future.“
Quote: „Memories of scarce, desert-like, or volcanic landscapes, as well as of events and experiences are reflected in my work.
Memories, but only traces of them, because the works themselves aren’t derived from a specific objectivity, neither do they display a concrete reality. […]
My pictures – on paper, canvas, or wood – are often defined by a distinct materiality in their surface.
This is where sands of different origin, grain, and colour play a major role as a structure-giving element.“
Quote: „Techniques of the old masters with modern materials …
with my contemporary transmission I pay my respects to the old masters whilst simultaneously breaking up the epochal boundaries.
I respond to the known attempts of stylistic classification by creating an additional new position of realism that includes abstraction in its extreme.
My painting is a reflection of what surrounds me in an inspiring manner – a not necessarily associative but rather dissociative process.
By observing and scrutinizing I am not looking for answers – I artistically react to parameters such as identity, environment, systems, and their relations.“