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Heinz Wenk

Private Gallery
Anton Fuchs 2010 „Light and shadow - White wax in the metal contrast“
  Nine-part work series of Anton Fuchs - March 2010, Berlin

The cycle shown here „White wax in the metal contrast" of the 1958 born Cologne artist Anton Fuchs originates from the year 2009 and was implemented in different formats. The work series picks out a central theme: the investigation of the light and his reflecting behaviour in industrial materials. Primarily for it micro-crystalline paraffine wax is used as a “material living in the light". Thus the works remind of the classical Zero or of the Informal Art, oriented to a light and shadow painting.

Anton Fuchs contrasts the softly consistency of the wax and its quality to be able to build up sculptural volumes, particularly with technical metal products sunk in wax. Thus stainless steel profiles with serial punched hole rasters or with toothed nail surfaces or also with networks, made of twisted high-grade steel, are artistically combined togehther with wax in a shimmering light and shadow contrast.

The metal profiles are mounted first on a wooden picture carrier and are poured in slowly shifts with the hot wax. Now the light penetrates from the outside into the soft wax. On the way back the light, reflected by the metal elements, gets caught up in the crystalline molecules of the wax and drive out only in a slowly speed.
The colouring thereby generated is based therefore upon the reflection of the light broken in the crystalline wax towards the lower wooden floor of the picture carier. By splitting up of the light penetrating into the amorphous wax, there develop overlays out of shimmering light colours, what looks very masterly at this work group. Simultaneous the technical „intentionalness “of the serial sign language of the enclosed metal elements is magically up-doubled by the vehemently impulse-steered and "unintentional" art discourse.

Author: Bruno Toussaint in March 2009. All rights reserved.
Idee: Anton Fuchs
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