Hans-Jörg Glattfelder & Martin Willing

Metaphors and Undulations

NewsFrom 27 May to 9 July 2016

Art concret is known to go hand in hand with geometry. In all probability, Hans Jörg Glattfelder expanded the realm of that art when he adopted notions of non-Euclidean geometry. His works are built on contradictory perspectives that spur the beholder to reflect on the very act of perception. Since the curved space described by this new geometry is perceptible only on a sidereal scale, Glattfelder devised what he calls metaphors. His concept of metaphor introduced a hotly debated topos into art concret, yet he maintains that the referent of said metaphor remains very concrete.

Inspired by natural rhythms such as wave forms, Martin Willing goes far in his artistic quest to defy the laws of physics. By cutting, bending, and twisting what are often single pieces of metal, he works the material until it acquires its own movement. Brushed by a hand or by the wind, these pieces begin to undulate, generating a universe of dance. The beholder’s eye follows the sway of his geometric sculptures, experiencing the abatement of energy that accompanies their return to stillness.

Martin Willing Konischer Stab zum Kubus gekantet, 3/6 2016

Martin Willing Konischer Stab zum Kubus gekantet, 3/6 2016

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Hans-Jörg Glattfelder & Martin Willing. Metaphors and Undulations