Harald Klingelhöller - sculptures
19th October 2013 to 12th January 2014Since the mid-eighties Klingelhöller’s sculptural work has been accompanied by lingual constructions which are far more than just titles of the sculptures. In juxtaposing metaphoric-poetic language like In the future of their languges or How white the walls were and how things forgotten will change with the related but heterogenous sculptural forms, the work of Klingelhöller creates a space of resonance in which the meanings of the works are echoing and constantly morphing. In keeping with the flexibility of linguistic systems Klingelhöller understands his sculptures not as final propositions but as possible portrayals of the relationship between his sculptures and their accompanying text.
From 2005 on, the determination of the sculptural form by the text becomes evident for the first time as the diminsions of the cabinet’s drawers correspond presicely to the length of each word used in the related text. Although Klingelhöller’s texts seem to provide clues for the interpretation of his sculptures it has to be noticed that both – text and object – never enter a state of congruence which would end in a staid position. To the contrary, the work has always reflected the unpredictability of this very relation between spoken or written language and the material world. Thus the obvious openness between language and the sculptures is the reason why the work of Klingelhöller could be understood as a metaphor for a certain understanding of art that not without contradictions insists on art’s autonomy without pulling it out of a discourse about its possible meanings.