Franz Josef Altenburg and Hans Fischer

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24.03.2019 – 14.04. 2019

stand and go

Franz Josef Altenburg and Hans Fischer

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Franz Josef Altenburg’s skeletal works form a contrast to the organic pieces by Hans Fischer and open up a further form of expression in ceramic sculpture.
His series Rahmen (“Frames”) is an interplay between self-imposed limitations and the forces of freedom.
Franz Josef Altenburg has decided upon consistently unchanging dimensions of 26 x 21 x 6 centimetres.
Within this frame, cells are created that frequently form sequences in ever-new variations that are then disrupted, creating a new sense of order with symbolic effect, with voids at the same time causing an expansion of the bounds of sculpture to include the surrounding space.
They are reminiscent of architecture or stage sets and are created instinctively. The work process remains visible in its spontaneity.

They are reminiscent of architecture or stage sets and are created instinctively. The work process remains visible in its spontaneity.

Franz Josef Altenburg says of his work:
“The clay, the material, shows me the way.”

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Hans Fischer
A sculpture

What you see here is an ideal of humanity and not a fragmented torso. You can take up residence there. Peacefully. Like a curled-up animal. Imitation has been sacrificed to this sculpture, the starting point abandoned, the heart stops beating against the white, punctured day. This sculpture is an ideal, it goes to meet the morning. The magnificence of gesture, that does too – the flat, white body before us has to do with Classicism.
Hans Fischer consummates the magic of Antiquity. And right before you stands a modelled form, a prayer figure, made like a veto. A sculpture.

Gila Stolzenfuß, Munich
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