Gerhard Völkle, ‘Walking to Downtown’, 2014, Artspace Warehouse

The artist uses rust to create a unique effect in this artwork painted on steel. A special technique to create metal oxidation allows Völkle to work with real rust which creates amazing visual effects. The final outcome of the artwork is removed from the artist’s control as the process of oxidation takes over and transforms the canvas into a breathing body. The clear and defined minimalist forms come alive through 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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