Richard Fleissner

Körperteil-Hürden, 1994 [Body part hurdles]

The sculpture, a large, semi-circular figure, has pockets or shelves with a slightly sagging bottom that are mounted on a sort of wheel. The construction strikes the viewer as a particularly uncomfortable ladder. Independently of how we choose to interpret the sculpture, it is composed on the basis of a simple aesthetic formal principle that makes it appear compact and emphasises the effect of its site and material. The reference to the human body derives from the interpretation of the object as something that plants itself in front of us like a hurdle—an object in the true sense of its Latin root ob-icere.

 

Fleissner’s work “Körperteil-Hürden“ appears as a large, semi-circular figure that looks like one half of a paddle wheel. A drawing by Leonardo da Vinci in the Codex Atlanticus depicts a similar technological concept in the form of a dredger.

 

Pockets or shelves with a slightly sagging bottom are mounted on a sort of wheel. The construction strikes the viewer as a particularly uncomfortable ladder that must be surmounted. Independent of how we choose to interpret the sculpture – it is composed on the basis of a simple aesthetic formal principle that makes it appear compact and emphasises the effect of its site and material.

 

The geometry of the circular segment and the monumentality of the object in particular make it a figure that dominates the site like a dinosaur. The reference to the human body derives from the object status of the sculpture itself, or, more precisely, from the interpretation of the object as something that plants itself in front of us like a hurdle, that opposes us, throws itself against us – an object in the true sense of its Latin root ob-icere.

Author: Vorname Nachname 
Plan & Overview: Position 30
Owner: [Federal Artothek]
Biography: Richard Fleissner

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