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Hirofumi Fujiwara, Marile Holzner, Michael Klipphahn & Lukas Schneeweiss

"The energy you were looking for"
Sculpture, object & installation

Vernissage October 25, 2019, 6-9 pm

Duration of the exhibition: October 26 - November 20, 2019

The energy you were looking for.

Art moves people. Their unique energy floods rooms and squares, causes emotions and envelops the audience in their individual appearance. She is created by the artists from nothing and nourished with her work, her diligence and her muse. Upon completion, the artwork is fully charged and shares its energy with the audience. The spark jumps over to the viewer, the energy spreads. Hirofumi Fujiwara, Marile Holzner, Michael Klipphahn and Lukas Schneeweiss demonstrate this energy with three-dimensional and conceptual works and set the energy flow between art and man in motion.

Hirofumi Fujiwara studied with Stephan Balkenhol at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe and is dedicated to figurative sculpture. In his current series of works "Utopia" he deals with the theme of utopia. These sculptures are not so much models of man in the future as figures of a parallel world. In contrast to his earlier works, the sculptures in this series combine the element of veiling. This aspect of the mysterious is realized through the use of transparent walls, which are constructed like a protective wall around the figures. Only on closer inspection can the essence of each individual figure be guessed behind plexiglass, silicone drops or straws.

The objects made of paper by Marile Holzner, as soft and collapsing as a mattress leaning against a wall, as rigid as a bent comb or as tough as chewing gum - how is form created? This question runs like a red thread through the work of Marile Holzner, who studied free art at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich under Prof. Karin Kneffel, from her early works to the present day. The results of the search for answers have changed over the years and yet form a large whole that is diversified into different variants and always surprises. Rarely is the question answered by concrete, realistic forms: The often formlessness of the objects is particularly fascinating. Like elements of a system of signs that we can guess at but not fully fathom, they evoke associations with what is familiar, without ultimately allowing themselves to be completely deciphered.

The clothing sculptures by Michael Klipphahn can be read as collections of poetic forms of bodies and body jewellery that tread between the trashy club aesthetic of the 90s, fetish objects and merchandising articles from museum shops. The artist, who studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden with Ralf Kerbach, titled his hardened garments and clothing objects phantoms, the medical term for lifelike organ reproduction for surgical exercises and demonstrations. In general, his sculptures not only illustrate the uncanny absence of real human actors, but also refer to their determination as mere projection surfaces. In general, the theme of his works is smoothness as a signature of the present, be it the smartphone or desktop screens, the surfaces of photographic, plastic or painterly works, or smoothness as an image metaphor.

Lukas Schneeweiss studied with Leni Hoffmann at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. He works precisely with the painterly qualities of material and thus creates works of urgent visual value. Viewers encounter simple forms based on calculated orderliness. Schneeweiss' recourse to typography stems from a poetically lyrical root, which, however, never slides into the intrusive narrative, but leads into the absurd. Concentrated, the aesthete draws from a broad oeuvre, in which the subjective transformation of memories, sensations, relationships and found objects is an essential driving force.