Somewhere in Between
With his dynamic sculptures, Berlin sculptor Wolfgang Flad develops complex spatial narratives: The organic forms are perpetually in the process of generating a space that simultaneously opens and withdraws from the viewer, creating an infinite energy cycle. Oscillating between organic and geometric, the forms are cell, body, space, network and line at once, and always come directly from the artist – from very personal reactions. Using an intuitive approach that transcends the traditional figure-based conceptions of classical sculpture, but that is nonetheless developed from its complexity, Wolfgang Flad disrupts the notion of sculpture as volume, instead focusing on bringing out the core of a form: its essence. This original form never stands still but is in a state of constant transformation. The artist’s materials include wood, paper mache, paint and metal. An important influence on Wolfgang Flad is Giuseppe Penone. A major name in Arte Povera, Penone is known for taking industrially processed materials back to their natural origin.
For FeldbuschWiesnerRudolph, Wolfgang Flad choreographs a multilayered narrative of new reliefs, sculptures, and room-spanning installations that add another dimension to his work: The forms once used to make the pedestals for the figures are now enlarged and reduced to their rectangular frames; they are choreographed, creating minimal arrangements that form a stage for the dynamic sculptures while simultaneously generating new spaces.