1930 · Germany
An influential member of the avant-garde Group Zero, German artist Günther Uecker has often explored the dimensional and the kinetic in his art. Working in a variety of media, Uecker unites his oeuvre with an overall contemplation of surface, structure, and dynamism.
Underlying much of his creative process as well is his lifelong fascination with meditation and the ritualistic nature of its practice. Approaching his art in a similar manner, Uecker creates through a sequential and repetitive cascade of actions that are often documented in some manner in the finished product. Thus, it is as if Uecker invites his viewer into his studio with each creation and asks for particular attention to be paid to formalist implications of his creations.
Born in Wendorf, Germany, in 1930, Uecker trained at the Fachhochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Wismar (1949-1953) as well as at the Kunstakademie in Berlin-Weißensee and Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf (1955-1957). It was following this period of study that Uecker began to explore work in relief, which became one of the hallmark facets of his oeuvre. In 1961 he joined Group Zero and thus entered a circle of artists who supported his innovative process. Uecker enjoyed increasing acclaim for his art over the final decades of the twentieth century. Today, examples of his work are part of the permanent collection of many notable international museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Today, Uecker splits his time between Düsseldorf, Germany, and St. Gallen, Switzerland.