Dietrich Klinge - Fragment, destruction and nature
The established German sculptor and graphic artist Dietrich Klinge is known for his fascinating cast bronze sculptures. Because the molds for the works are made of weathered wood, the surface texture of this natural material is also conveyed in the bronze sculptures, creating an exciting contrast in the figures. The diversity of the human being and his body are the central themes of the impressive bronze sculptures. These do not represent a particular culture, but embody archaic, multicultural beings through their individuality.
In his new, unnamed series of 42 heads from the year 2018, Klinge deals with the "fragility of all life". The impetus for this diverse series of heads of different sizes and shapes was the discovery of an old, rotted willow near Klinge's place of residence - the fragment of a tree. The particularly fragile, fine material led the artist in the process. His usual work tool, the chainsaw, had to be replaced with a file, a jigsaw, a Japanese knife and a cutting knife. In contrast to his previous works the original wooden blocks could hardly be preserved after the casting of the sculptures,
Guided by the special work material and its surface texture, Klinge creates something new from something of the past and breaks with tradition in a very intelligent way. The artist creates a fragment that did not become such through time and external influences after its creation. It is not time that makes the sculptures a fragment, but the artist himself. A material that is a fragment becomes a new object, a head, which in turn is the fragment of a body.
This outstanding series of works takes on a very special significance in the diverse oeuvre of Klinge. In the face of climate catastrophes and the increasing danger of terror and war, the theme of the fragility of life also adds to the urgency and actuality of the series.