Othmar Krenn

Teilummantelung, 1995 [Partial coating]

The sculpture is part of a series addressing the confrontation between stone and metal while expressing the connection of nature and civilisation. An erratic block cut out of a quarry receives a welded steel coating only made possible through a technologically intricate process. The coating precisely follows the heights and depths of the stone and is both a decorative element and a dominating intervention in the natural object. Krenn is aware of the veneer through which he creates a clash between erratic (natural) and created (cultural) forms.
 

 

In a series of both large and small-scale sculptures, Othmar Krenn expresses his idea of a principle of duality, approaching it again and again with different materials and conceptual modes.

 

At the centre of this series of works is the confrontation between stone and metal, in several variations and typologies: coated stones, stone rasters, stone disks and cones. At first glance, the versatility of the variations on this basic idea that is reflected again and again seem to merely express the connection of nature and civilisation.

 

Upon closer inspection, the dichotomies contained in the work become apparent: the overall shape is based on an erratic block cut out of a quarry, which also, through the choice of material alone, creates an ambivalent relationship to what is commonly referred to as “nature”.

 

The welded steel coating – only made possible through a technologically intricate process – continues this theme of ambivalence. The coating precisely follows the heights and depths of the stone and is both a decorative element and a dominating intervention in the natural object.

 

What enhances the real, natural fragment appropriates and destroys it at the same time. Krenn is aware of the illusoriness through which he creates a clash between erratic (natural) and created (cultural) forms.

 

Different materials and their mergence replace traditional symbolic forms that were, and are still, used for representing this theme, not only since the ecology debate has reached its current level of intensity. The direction in which the artist has positioned his theses is also apparent in one of his many performances, where he appeared in public space locked in a rastered cage.

Author: Werner Fenz 
Plan & Overview: Position 31
Owner: [Leder & Schuh AG]
Biography: Othmar Krenn

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