Mbiti, Weiss, Winkler - Habitat
19th October 2019 to 26th January 2020
Kavata Mbiti: I take material. I give shape.
In her works Kavata Mbiti scrutinizes what constitutes reality and continually attempts to shake the foundations of our understanding of what is real and true. In the case of the two works which she has created for the exhibition Habitat in the Sculpture Park Waldfrieden in 2019 she has committed herself to the question ‘What is left?’ Her works of art examine what is left when that which is visible is removed. And it is that which is left which represents the origin of being. In both works Kavata Mbiti has given three-dimensional expression to this invisible entity which is the core of any form of human existence. Constructed of wooden sticks and slats, wax and pigments, in each a form evolves and seems to strive upwards and downwards and at the same time blends into the surrounding both vertically and horizontally like blocks and yet open without defining space.
Johannes Weiss: The basis of the world
Initially attracted to objective themes Johannes Weiss has become more and more abstract in the course of his creative work. Art means to him entering into a relationship with the world and calling into question what reality is. As a sculptor he attempts to render the process of reflection, visible. In these two works, especially created for the exhibition in the Sculpture Park Waldfrieden, Johannes Weiss shares his unique interpretation of the world with his recipients. The point of departure in both sculptures is the body; whether it be the human body, a human trait or just a somebody’s posture which are expressed here remains open.
Daniel Winkler: Fathoming human existence
In his work Daniel Winkler has concentrated on locating the individual in the world. As a result of analysis stemming from meditative processes his works are reflections of the perception of the own self. In his own words, artistic creativity serves the sculptor as meditation, initiates reflection on oneself and leads to composure. Thus his creative activity has positive and consciousness-expanding effects which are ascribed to hatha yoga. In yoga the practitioner attempts to lift the burden of materiality by means of meditation and exercises, in order to attain inner harmony. The attainment of this state of harmony is also possible through contemplation on works of art and not only for the artist but equally for the observer.