27 August - 12 October 2013
Opening Tue 27 August 6-8pm
The Consul General of Germany Hans-Dieter Steinbach will hold the opening speech.
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Willi Siber - Finissage
We warmly invite you and your friends to attend our closing drinks of Willi Siber's special exhibition in Sydney
SATURDAY, 12 OCTOBER, 3 - 5 PM
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The Show Sacred Space displays a cross-section of the various genres of Willi Siber's recent work: wall objects with organic shapes as well as large floor sculptures that stretch out into space. These recently turned to steel, the sculptural material of the 20th century. Unlike Richard Serra's rusty Corten steel plates, however, Siber disguises his material by covering it with layers of glossy enamel. Willi Siber states: “Each materiality has its specific character, its distinctive hap-tics and its look. Deliberately my approach contradicts the expectations of the beholder in relation to familiar ways of material composition and visual habits. I’m trying to acquire new unexpected forms of expression and appearance from the basic material.”
Siber explains further: “I am a child of the classic modernism of the 20th Century. Even as a teenager I was fascinated by Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and the development of abstract art. The appearance of pure form, colour and texture is still not complete. I’m concerned with the formal challenge of familiar abstract shape beyond destruction or deconstruction. An affirmative aesthetics is always maintained.”
Typically Siber is the fact that the viewer is left guessing about the materials employed. Unusual colours such as light blue, purple and red tempt us to believe we are beholding plastic or rubber hoses, as were employed by pop art to ironically comment on mass consumption. However, the candy coloured, high gloss steel works of Willi Siber pursue another path: they combine modern, everyday construction materials with a sculptural language that places formal composition to the fore.
Willi Siber is a highly recognised artist with works in major European Collections such as the Collection of German Parliament, Berlin, Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and Zuerich Insurances. He is exhibiting internationally since 30 years and is represented by galleries all over the world like Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York, Sydney and in Germany. He lives and works near Stuttgart, Germany.
His abstract, conceptually-driven works recently turned to steel, the sculptural material of the 20th century. Siber disguises his material by covering it with layers of glossy car paint. In some of his works he uses epoxy resin to arouse a second shiny surface on top of a forest of nails. In reference to his earlier work where you could see mainly natural colours and black and white, Siber has introduced colour in a significant way.