Gerald Moroder - Artwork

Gerald Moroder

Italy 1972


Gerald Moroder
Gerald Moroder
April 1, 2017

Gerald Moroder is an Italian sculptor that deals with the fragility of human beings, reducing his sculptures to the essence of materiality in order to question its relationship with the Being. A sublime and profound theme, as are his sculptures, and rare as it is in modern art, it gives the allure of ancient contemporaries to his artworks. His inner journeys are translated into the shapes of these slender and stark figures, as he addresses the radical research in order to come as closer to transcending the matter itself.

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Gerald Moroder – Cacciatori, 2014 – Image via isculpture

The Space of Being and Soul

Moroder is born in Milan, Italy in 1972. He graduated in 1989 from the Art institute of Ortisei and finished vocational school in Selva Gardena. Ever since he has been working as an apprenticeship for many sculptors and has done some autodidactic training and courses. He is also a member of Unika, an association of craftsman and artist from Val Gardena. He has exhibited in many art galleries and museums across Europe, the first important solo exhibition was Skulpturen, at the Galerie im Kies in Altach in 2011, but the first solo exhibition that gained wider recognition is the exhibition called The space of Being in 2014 in San Gimignano. It consists of almost celestial figures of elongated humans that reflect in plastic terms the meditations of space and time. In 2017, his exhibition entitled Fantasy meets reality is at show at the Gallery Hegemann. Exhibition Soul is currently on in the Museo Civico in Chiusa, Italy and will move on to the Art Gallery ISculpture in San Gimignano.

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Gerald Moroder – Untitled, 2013 – Image via wsimag

The Lean and Porous Figures

Moroder’s figures resemble a lot to Alberto Giacometti‘s but, they have a specific nobility of their pure abstractness that differs them. They seem levitating, leaning free from gravity and mass and in that sense are more inclined to a spiritual realm of thought. They are made firstly out of wood, and then formed in porphyry rock – an ancient material that brings a lot of art history in mind. But their eroded and scratched structure, as well resemble a lot to Giacometti’s work. One can almost feel their need to overcome their materiality and become essential. But, the celestial nature of it is questioned because of their porosity and corrosion, as if the traces of time are being highlighted and the sculptures are in the slow process of diminishing.

Leaning figures free from gravity and mass but not from corrosion

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Gerald Moroder – Soul (Installation view), 2017 – Image via isculpture

Transcending the Imminence

The artist tries to distance himself from everyday life and to reapproach the basic principles of Being, to express what lies beneath the material level. He uses material like wood, soil, brick, iron and porphyry mixtures. Once some of the materials become stratified, in the oxidation process they lose some parts of themselves and become something new. This process Moroder cherishes and tries to poetically repeat it in his sculptures. In that way, the innate yearning and vital tensions of the materials alone levitate between the spiritual and material level.

The artist is represented by Gallery Hegemann, from Munich.

Gerald Moroder lives and works in Ortisei, Italy.

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2009Holz-Art, "Kunstforum" Halle, (GER)Group
2010O genießt die Augenblicke "Labyrinthgarten Weingut Kränzel", Cermes, MeranoGroup
2011La speranza brilla più dell'oro Arquà Petrarca Group
2015sculptures for a scenery of art, Casole d'Elsa, a cura della galleria I-Sculpture, San GimignanoGroup
2013„arteotto“ CavallermaggioreGroup
2014Kunst in der MIIL CermesSolo
2011Kunst in der Miil, Cermes, MeranoSolo
2011Skulpturen, Galerie im Kies, Altach, AustriaSolo
2007Die Einsamkeit des Denkens Galleria Cassa Raiffeisen, Tirolo,Solo
2007Contenitore di emozioni Galleria Metropolitan, LecceGroup
2015Boden!Bildung, Ihlienworth (D), a cura di Samuel FleinerGroup
2013„Kunststrasse Imst“ Imst (A)Group
2011Collaborazione al progetto "Movemënt" opera collettiva di UnikaGroup
2014Galleria i-sculpture, San Gimignano (Toscana)Solo
2015International Exchange Exhibition 2015, Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum, TaiwanGroup
2008L'arte del legno Spazio Arte NapoliGroup
2010Città - Spazio - Futuro Südtirol [un]defined 10, Merano, a cura di Giorgia Group
2013Untitled19. Unika, Ortisei (agosto)Group
2014Untitled20. Unika, OrtiseiGroup
2015Dissenz/Traszendenz, centro culturale Tublà da Nives, Selva di Val Gardena, a cura di Else Prünster e Chiara GalbuseraGroup
2011Kunst in der Miil, con l'artista Christian Stl HolzknechtCermes, MeranoSolo
2013Gerald MoroderCircolo artistico e culturale, Ortisei (luglio)Solo
2014UntiltedFiera internazionale dell’arte "Art Innsbruck" (A)Group
2013UntitledFrühlingsmesse GrazGroup
2014Begegnungen-incontri, Galleria Augenblick Tannheim (A) with Daniela PfeiferSolo
2013Gerald MoroderGalleria Kass, Innsbruck (31 maggio - 13 giugno)Solo
2006Chiamarsi dentroGalleria Spazio Arte Luna, BolzanoSolo
Mythos der MaterieHartberg (A), con l'artista Filip Moroder DossSolo
2012Alter ego, Istitut Ladin Micura de Rü, San Martino in BadiaSolo
2012UntitledIV AAM - Arte Accessibile MilanoGroup
2014UntitledKunststraße 2014, Imst (A)Group
2014 Kränzelhof, CermesMeranoGroup
2016Kunsthalle Hosp - Die andere "Art"Nassereith (A) with Daniela PfeiferSolo
2011La pesante leggerezza dell'essereSpazio Arte, BibioneSolo
2005Gerald MoroderSurgical Academy Gallery, Rastatt (Ger), con l'artista "Chiro"Solo
2015UntitledUnika, OrtiseiGroup
2012UntitledUnika, OrtiseiGroup
2005UntitledUnika, OrtiseiGroup
2004UntitledUnika, OrtiseiGroup
2003UntitledUnika, OrtiseiGroup
2006Partecipazione al simposio internazionale di scultura a Zinnowitz (GER).Group
2013RE-ART T(w)oo Ihlienworth (D), curato da Samuel J. Fleiner (agosto)Group