Norbert Prangenberg — Sculpture



Norbert Prangenberg

Past: September 6 → October 11, 2014

Galerie Karsten Greve announce the exhibition Sculpture featuring Norbert Prangenberg. As a painter, engraver, sculptor and glass designer, Prangenberg was a major figure in contemporary German art. As an artist of the second half of the twentieth century, his work reflects the formal experiments of the post-war avant-garde where material and its relationship to space was one of the main concerns in artistic evolution. While man landed on the moon and concepts became more and more spacious, Prangenberg devoted himself to modelling clay, always the most fertile ground for artists, giving life to a body of work that pays homage to the concreteness and solidity of sculpture, whose physical presence is sometimes deliberately cumbersome.

Norbert Prangenberg began his early work as a sculptor around 1980. The archaic echoes of his large scale ceramics, whose surfaces are often rough with imposing forms, ascribe an almost timeless significance to the works of the artist. Made of clay, which is as ductile in its natural state as it is rigid after firing, the vases and amphorae arise from the combination of a traditional practice dating back to antiquity merged with contemporary research where the shape is called to follow no rules except those of a search for the expressive. The works in the exhibition have nothing in common with the dainty objects commonly associated with ceramic material or Sevres porcelain: the amazing size and bright colours of these sculptures bring the visitor to discover a world where solemn grandeur mingles with a playful lightness; where the form is free and the colours cheerful.

Norbert Prangenberg focuses on sculptural forms that are simple and at the same time very rich. The crucial prerequisite for his work is the material he uses, which is clay. It is a natural material that comes from the earth. This is a fundamental aspect for Prangenberg who loves to touch the material, to feel it and then work with it. The importance of the physical approach in Prangenberg’s practice is obvious. Everywhere we see fingerprints, imposed with greater or lesser force. The artist pierces the walls of the circular or rectangular openings and directly adds traces of scrapings, grazes and scratches by hand, which give his sculptures a real organic character. The intrinsic relationship between the artist’s body and the material is also reflected in the title he consistently uses — "figure". Prangenberg refuses to name his works whose purpose and meaning must only be evoked from the object itself, without any reference to the things of this world.

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