Johannes Wald – in pieces
solo exhibition at Rolando Anselmi
May 1 – June 30, 2022
From the very beginning, Johannes Wald's work has been characterized by the gap between the artistic idea and its material formulation. A rift that is often felt by the artist as an insufficiency and that to this day has a decisive influence on his self-image as a conceptual sculptor or sculpting conceptual artist. The work Untitled (the subconscious) is an example of how Wald manages to use this gap in productive ways. It is a fragmentary bronze cast of the artist's face. On closer inspection, the cast reveals pores and folds of human skin both on the inside and on the outside - inside the mask-like form as a negative imprint, on the outside as a positive copy of the human template.
If one tries to follow the intrinsic logic of the object, it should be possible -at least in theory - to fit its exterior into its interior, so that its surfaces touch, merging with one another, as part of an infinitesimal thinning of the layers of material. Ultimately, in this way, the work reveals the very impossibility of its own physical existence.
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