Ottmar Hörl

Galerie Vorsetzen

Traditions modulate but the adaptations and attendant transformations that characterize cultural evolution take time. The earliest industrial buildings employed the grand style of patrician architecture until new forms were invented and the old garb was discarded. A purely industrial architecture became possible only in the 20th century; previously, the factories were characterized by architectural elements left over from earlier functions.

At first glance, Ottmar Hörl’s sculptures look like attempts at transforming industrial architecture back into public architecture. This is accurate, however, only to the extent that Hörl’s architectural models are made up of purely industrial products; actually, these models stand in space but have no clear-cut function. Called simply “Buildings” (the artist uses the English word), they lend themselves to a broad spectrum of uses. Hörl eschews the

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