Karl Karner, ‘Bagal’, 2014, Galerie Kandlhofer
Karl Karner, ‘Bagal’, 2014, Galerie Kandlhofer
Karl Karner, ‘Bagal’, 2014, Galerie Kandlhofer

This work focuses on the interplay of association and irritation, thus mesmerising the beholder and, furthermore, sending him/her off to the search for clues. For his sculptures made of aluminium Karl Karner uses the classic casting technique of the melting out of wax, which he, however, extents on an experimental level. The model is no longer carefully molded out of wax, but the wax is thrown into water and is thus enabled to find its own form. This randomly created figure is manually modified and amplified with grape-vines, antlers, branches, straws, toothpicks, oral spatulas and similar things before being casted in aluminium. Karl Karner leaves the molding partly to the material itself, partly to his own conscious guidance.

About Karl Karner