March 15 - April 19, 2012
Opening Thursday March 15, 20:00-22:00
Bernier/Eliades Gallery is pleased to present Ulrich Rückriem’s fourth solo exhibition. This new show, will feature large scale sculptures, models and color floor sculptures.
Ulrich Rückriem was born in 1938 in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is widely known for his massive abstract stone sculptures in pure forms, design and material.
From 1957 to 1959 he does an apprenticeship as a stonemason while, until 1961 worked as an assistant in the cathedral of Cologne. During this period he studies at the Cologne College of Art for two semesters under Ludwig Gies.
Since 1961 he has been working as a freelance sculptor. In 1962 he travels in southern Europe, Morocco and Tunisia. He returns and lives in Nörvenich near Düren. His first solo exhibition takes place at the Leopold-Hoesch Museum Düren in 1964.
His early works are open formalistic constructions of steel and wood. Since the mid 1960's he begins to use stone. In 1968 he develops the method of separating and reassembling basic forms, alternating rough and smooth surfaces that reveal the work process, a method that is an integral part of his work.
The quarries become his studios, away one from another, from Spain to Finland. His car is his home.
Rückriem believes that a sculpture should be simple, and that a piece of stone should not mimic any other material. The process of creating a work is more important than the result. His work is engraved in stone. "I grew up with stone, he says, and I love it more and more. The stone is enough for me."
The great appreciation of his work and the fact that he is regarded as one of the most important German sculptors of the post-war era is also demonstrated by his participation in the documenta exhibitions 5, 7, 8, 9, and Kassel 1972-1992.