STRUKTURreFORM can be understood as a word combination that characterises the practice of the artist in general. Jàchym Fleig's oversized sculptures reminiscent of nature and living organisms, invade non-organic structures like building, interiors and furniture created by man. His works extend the conventional concept of sculpture; that of shaping out or sculpting the rocks or other nature materials into concrete shapes; by visualising the opposite of the traditional definition of sculpture. Fleig indeed creates works that look like stones, stalactites and other natural materials emphasizing their formal growth process. His almost parasitic structures seem to occupy everything they can; the main wall of our exhibition space, the entrance of the gallery, expanding in the hallway of Atelier Frankfurt.
Through the strategy of occupation Fleig turns his focus not only in the structures he creates but as well as on the structures and forms they seem to invade. It is the relationship between the parasitic forms and their host that is of special interest for the artist and where he is trying to direct the attention of the public into. By doing so he intelligently overtakes the public or the private space making them part of the work and indirectly raising questions about the relationship between human, nature and technological growth.
The type of symbiotic relationship of parasite and host, that Fleig’s works seem to evoke, is part of every highly developed biological system and a phenomenon that can as well be observed outside the biological context. But his sculptures are biomorphic forms created out of concrete, plaster, sand and other inert materials or better to say a constructed reality or a camouflage. They visualise something they are not. Thereby confronting the viewer with two constructed realities both created by man and emphasizing their dysfunctional relationship. As a consequence of the intrusion the functionality of the host is hindered and put into question, but at the same time the existence and the provenience of the parasite too.
Through the form and materiality a dispute over what is given and the setting in which it is being presented emerges, opening up possibility for assotiations and discussions. Although highly aesthetical and outonomus, Jáchym Fleig’s art works inderectly reflect about present and future life challenges, turning his practice into an engaged one.