The exhibition HIGH DENSITY at dr. julius | ap features two artist who concentrate on the relation of artistic techniques and the specific characteristics of the materials they use in their work.
Susan York’s sculpture and drawing live in the tradition of American Minimal Art yet her work has its own unique identity. The silvery black shimmering and always slightly asymmetrical cubes are created from pure, fine graphite powder. The artist compresses the powdery material into refractory forms and fires them to a high temperature in a kiln. Compact cubes of various sizes are created in this way. The raw forms then undergo their forming process by being cut and polished in a very extensive process. Hovering on the wall they betray nothing of their massive, heavy contents. They just shimmer – far removed from this world – catching the light and invite the viewer and his astonished eye to contemplate.
“The quiet, constant world of repetition forms my work. My hope is that the viewer can taste this calm and sink into its emptiness.” [Susan York]
Susan York was born in 1951 in Newport, Rhode Island, she lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
In his early years as a painter, Peter Weber focused on the imaginary space related to Op-Art tendencies. But soon he became fascinated by the phenomenon of folding and the mathematical diversity of this technique.
In the mid-1970s he developed the first folded works made of paper and canvas and soon he started using unexpected stuff such as plastics, synthetic materials and even steel. In the early 1990s, folds completely have determined his artistic work and since 2001 felt, an organic material of strong resistance and gravity, has become his primary medium.
In Peter Weber’s work there is always a challenge to the combinatorial thinking of the viewer – sometimes strict, sometimes playful – as they are manufactured from one single piece throughout without any cut.
Initially trained as a typesetter, Peter Weber has been interested in music since early childhood. His first jazz record had such an effect on him that he decided to learn how to play counter-bass. He built his first instrument himself and soon had ‘gigs’ in bands. But he was equally drawn to the pictorial arts. His studies at the Fachhochschule in Hamburg with Max H. Mahlmann had a decisive influence on him and he turned to create works of ‘concrete art’.
Peter Weber was born in 1944 in Kollmar/Elbe, Germany, he lives and works near Munich, Germany.