Gerhard Völkle, ‘Crossing Lines’, 2013, Artspace Warehouse

In order to capture the same color and structure as his metalworks on canvas, Gerhard Voelkle is using the same media, the rust. A special technique to create metal oxidation allows Voelkle to work with real rust which creates amazing visual effects. The final outcome of the artwork is taken from his hand. The process of oxidation takes over and transforms the canvas into a breathing body. As clear and defined the minimalist forms are as alive become their surfaces.

Signature: Signed on front

About Gerhard Völkle

Gerhard Völkle’s works are visual experiments based on images he has collected over the years. Inspired by the volcanic rocks he found of the Spanish island of Lanzarote, Völkle has created a unique technique of painting with rust. In works made with this process, his deliberate marks mix with the uncontrollable natural oxidation, which transforms the surface into an organic, evolving entity. He often creates silhouettes of figures in dynamic poses, wearing a mix of modern and traditional clothing. Völkle also creates large-scale metalworks of cutout figures and minimalist cubes—their rusting surfaces symbolizing nature, decay, and the passing of time.

German, b. 1953

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