Wulf Kirschner, Dynamics, 1989, (c) LEVY
LEVY is very pleased to present the second solo exhibition by Wulf Kirschner (b. 1947 in Kiel) in its Hamburg gallery. As the show's title, Drawings 1978-2011, indicates, the exhibition focuses on the artist's graphical works.
Until now Kirschner, who studied at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg (HFBK) and began sculpture through a welding course, has been known predominantly for his abstract and poetic steel sculptures. Yet regarding only Kirschner's sculptural work does not do justice to his œuvre. In parallel with his sculptural work and accompanying it, he has also continuously dedicated himself to the area of graphic art. His steel sculptures and works on paper are interdependent; the one medium seems unthinkable without the other.
The frottage works he created in 1998 are indicative of this interplay, for here his steel sculptures and graphics are inextricably symbiotic. In the working process, the welding seams press into paper laid over them, leaving traces of relief appearing like encrypted hieroglyphics. The connecting element in both Kirschner's sculptural work and his graphic work is line. The parallel welding seams on his steel sculptures create a lively surface structure that is both colourful and graphical. They develop a life of their own and take on wavy shapes like a distant, unknown handwriting disappearing into infinity, for in the viewer's eye they begin to shimmer and cause the gaze to roam. The heartbeat rhythm and trembling of the hand while welding remain legible in the scrawling lines.
This type of play of lines also takes place in the drawings. Regarding Wulf Kirschner, Jonas Beyer (Hamburger Kunsthalle)writes: "Often only a few strokes, dashed quickly onto paper by the artist, are enough to give the untouched white areas on the page a depth in which the lines can develop their unrestrained interplay." This graceful game takes place within self-imposed boundaries, which are determined by an overriding geometric form. Within these boundaries he gives free reign to the motor functions of his drawing hand.
Processuality and transitoriness can be experienced with a longer reflection upon the rather quiet works by Kirschner. As an result the viewer's perceptions are sharpened.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Kerber Verlag, documenting his extensive graphic work. Texts by Andreas Stolzenburg (Director of the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Hamburger Kunsthalle) and Jonas Beyer (Hamburger Kunsthalle) provide a very good introduction to Kirschner's works on paper.
Please contact the gallery for further information.