Norbert Prangenberg

Galerie Karsten Greve | Cologne

Although Norbert Prangenberg’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures are based on a geometric vocabulary, they cannot be described as constructive. Rather, they evoke a magic that primordially imbued the shapes of the circle, the diamond, and the oval. This magic emanates from the 14 new sculptures by Prangenberg that were on display here: life-sized works in colored ceramic. Most of them are wall pieces, whose process involves a dialectic of opening and closing, of sculptural advance and painterly distance. Craters, beakers, or three-dimensional arches loom out of tremendous, palpably heavy plates that confront us like shields, as ovals or irregular polygons. The elevations in these sculptures thrust into the viewer’s space, thereby demonstrating the works’ corporeal proximity to the viewer. Their background attains the reality of a painting through the colorfully shimmering glaze, which

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