Villeurbanne

Harald Klingelhöller

Galeie Philip Nelson

In Harald Klingelhöller’s show here, sculpture was introduced with quotation marks—literally. These were two angular, mirror-covered floor pieces, volumetric forms resembling single quotation marks (like irregular pyramids with quotation-mark-shaped bases, laid sideways). These “quotation marks” introduced or articulated two clusters of cardboard-and-steel elements as a relation of forms in space. Each mirrored piece reflected and developed the other pieces and the physical space around them. Space as a mental reality is a linguistic syntagma, while as a physical reality here it was a flattened paradigm embedded in the mirror quotation marks.

Klingelhöller’s work is strongly related to language. Linguistic forms are the most complex and achieved forms and at the same time the most structured and relevant model for developing a thing. As such, they provide the means by which sculpture is

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