Manfred Wakolbinger

Galerie Grita Insam

Viewers who have been following the perspicuous development of Manfred Wakolbinger’s work may have been caught off guard by this recent group of pieces. In an ensemble of three copper-sheet sculptures, accompanied by large-format photographs, this young Austrian inaugurated a new phase in his artistic evolution. Since 1983 Wakolbinger has been working on a kind of evolutionary history of the mutual relationship between pedestal and sculpture, foregrounding this problem to a degree that has rarely been witnessed since Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti. The artist initiated this line of inquiry by inserting the metal body of his figurative sculptures into simple pedestals of plaster or concrete. Externally, the cold gray pedestal dominated, asserting itself as sculpture, but internally, the shiny copper sheet developed a multivocal life, tempting us with its aura of mystery.


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