Farbraum - Raumform

Sonia Costantini - Friedrich Weschmitt

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Farbraum - Raumform

Sonia Costantini - Friedrich Weschmitt


Farbraum – Raumform is a group exhibition of two artists that work with completely different mediums. Their personal, for their work essential demeanors, show astonishing similarities.

Sonia Costantini is a painter and works in a monochrome style. Friedrich Weschmitt is a sculptor and works with casted bronze – both strictly in their chosen medium. The works of both artists together is a dialogue with each material and their spectrum of impression. Both see their work as a status quo of a process, that requires an effort of all distinctive. For deep observations there is a abundance of discoveries.

 

Sonia Costantini (*1956, Mantua, Italy) is among the most important current representatives of monochrome painting. Her works are a significant part of the internationally renown collection, that Panza di Biumo (*1923 – 2010) for example had put together for his Villa Varese. His institution supports James Turell´s most important light project in the Roden Crater in the Arizona desert. In this sense it is also about light phenomenons that Sonia Costantini deveolpes in her works. The surfaces of her works consist of numerous layers of acrylic and oil glazes. They are carefully interwoven and continuous working processes that do not allow any breaking off, to struggle for the crucial endogenic layer of paint, that makes the whole color field vibrate. The chromatic harmony of her works are undoubtedly connected with the Italian atmosphere. The fascination for Costantini´s works is her striving to prove the „corpuscle theory“: that light waves become mass and vice versa.

 

Friedrich Weschmitt (*1947, Kusel, Germany) followed as a sculptor and passionate India traveller, that the so-called „rural art“ was seen as worthless in the 80s, but then became the center of focus through international exhibition activities to the global public. He became acquainted with bronze-casting families and masters oft he Bastar region in middle India. The tribal culture of these travidic natives is animistic. Figures of their numerous, mostly female gods are produced for cultural purposes in the wax thread technique, a highly risky and complex type of bronze casting that only is still being used in this region. The study of this technique as well as the traditional background is what drew Friedrich Weschmitt time and time again to this area. He adapted this extraordinary in its language of form, communicated it to the locals and found acceptance and endorsement. In his sculptures, made only in the Bastar region since the early 90s, Weschmitt intentionally refrains from any kind of symbolic portrayals. Unique and complex ciphers of enhanced effects develope this way in his bronzes – a tension-filled symbiosis between the contemporary modern and Asian tradition. Weschmitt is allowed to make use of the privelege to be the only contemporary artist that works in this medium. His works are found in many public and private collections.

 

Weschmitt´s life motto is best described in a quote by the Dadaist Hugo Ball:

„Artistry is a summoning process and in its effect, magic.“

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