Martin Walde

Siamese Shadow, 2003 (work in progress) 2008

Walde’s interest is focused on art as a processual sensory potential in the form of different types of materials and motives that imply movement und changeability. The Siamese Shadows pick up on this basic idea and also make reference to the park’s environment. The sails are mounted on tilted poles and, at first sight, bring to mind surfers and sailors populating the nearby lake in summer. They sway in the wind, without being able to move from the spot. They are deadlocked sails, as it were, having grown together with the land that they usually leave behind when they serve as drive elements for maritime vessels.

 

Martin Walde’s work focuses on art as a process-related potential of meanings in the form of materials and motifs that comprise both flexibility and convertibility. “Siamese Shadows“ reflects this intention and at the same time refers to the commercial environment of the sculpture park.

 

The sails mounted on flex poles are reminiscent of the surfers and sailors that populate the nearby artificial lake in summer. However, the sails are not just replicas of real leisure scenarios but also create a poetic-mysterious ambience that involves the wind and the sun on a very real level, making their movements visible in those of the sails, and in their reflections of light and shadow.

 

However, the sails are not just evocative of idyllic summer days, but also create a sense of alienation and melancholy: there is a certain element of Sisyphean labour about them – they flutter in the wind without being able to move anywhere. These are deadlocked sails, fused to the land that they would leave behind in their normal capacity as drive elements for maritime vessels.

 

The title of the work also suggests the influence of light – the shadows cast by the sails, also in a non-literal sense, should be seen as shadows of reality. As “Siamese shadows”, the sails are also reminiscent of Siamese twins, who, through their “fusion”, restrict each other’s freedom of movement and actually make a pitiful spectacle.

 

Upon closer inspection, what at first glance looks like an artistic representation of touristy summer fun turns out to be a reflection on the naïve glorification of nature, landscape and leisure time in relation to art. One possible insight offered by the restricted movements of the multi-coloured sails is that locations for exhibits such as the sculpture park are not simply extended arms of the leisure industry, but primarily places of reflection on clichés of this kind.

Author: Rainer Fuchs 
Plan & Overview: Position 62
Owner: [Property of the foundation]
Biography: Martin Walde  

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