St. Gallen

Andreas Gehr


Here in the refectory of the former cloister of Saint Catherine, which has been transformed into an exhibition space, the Toronto-based Swiss artist Andreas Gehr presented a few examples of his sculptures from the past two years. The show consisted of six works, most of them made almost entirely of glass. Although in certain earlier pieces by Gehr glass constituted an important element, now it has a more profound, structural significance, involving not only the specific quality of the material and its expressive dimension, but also the very concept of the sculptural process. Here, sculpture, as the epitome of three-dimensional material solidity, as a construction that clutches and creates space, is transformed into a fragile form that eludes unambiguous perception. However, Gehr’s goal is not to create amorphous forms. On the contrary, these sculptures are based on clearly defined, logically

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