Michael Pickl - Flieger (detail), 2007

Michael Pickl

Germany 1971



Michael Pickl
Michael Pickl
June 7, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

Trees have always played an important role not only in the very preservation of life but the progress of civilization as we know it today. From the toothpick to the tallest of buildings, wood is the one material you cannot miss in your everyday. Creating a new type of bond between man and the material of wood through art, Michael Pickl instills it with a beauty and emotion symbolic of humankind itself. In his decision to cast aside the necessity for detail and strict form when producing his sculptures, he makes his works spiritual by nature, wrapped around thoughts and ideas that force a unique experience for each viewer.

Michael Pickl - Fliegerin, 2012
Michael Pickl – Fliegerin, 2012

Triviality of Details

After ten years of studying sculpture in different schools in Germany, Michael Pickl has developed his practice to the point of putting a lot of thought, emotion, ideas, and dreams into it, translating the energy to the viewer. Focusing on the spirituality of his sculptures made out of wood, Pickl disregards any necessity for details or technical corrections of the accidental moves applied to the wood. The artist sees them as trivialities and the more natural look that is thus produced in addition to the simple form emphasize the relationship that is easily formed between the viewer and what the sculpture represents. Aware of the characteristics that attract people to one another, Pickl’s nimble women sculptures embody beauty, inner strength, and faith in oneself, creating pieces that are almost able to stand as individuals of their own.

Michael Pickl puts a lot of thought, emotion, ideas, and dreams into his practice

Michael Pickl - Flieg (Left) ; Windfrau, 2011 (Right)
Michael Pickl – Flieg (Left) ; Windfrau, 2011 (Right)

Emotion in Sculpture of Michael Pickl

Although there’s a doubtless physical beauty in the sculptures of Michael Pickl, it’s not the main reason why anyone might be enticed by his works. Nesting grace and various emotions into his sculptures, Pickl does so believing in the beauty of that which is hidden; a mystery that gouges the curiosity that can be found in any man and woman. The closed eyes of his subjects denote an inner security, believing in themselves and drawing the viewer to do so as well while watching them. It is this exact connection that sparks imagination in the observer, changing his perception and the thought process and thus transforming himself as a final result. Each of his sculptures bears a different, yet always powerful emotion, giving viewers a unique experience with each piece.

The closed eyes of Pickl’s subjects denote an inner security

Michael Pickl - Fliegerin, 2012 1
Michael Pickl – Fliegerin, 2012 1

Relating to an Instilled Idea

Though they might be “rough around the edges,” sculptural pieces made by Michael Pickl bring with them an array of relatable emotion. The wooden plateau they often rest upon further validates their inner sense of stability, emitting an almost reassuring aura to those around them. Whether for the natural feeling of their aesthetics or the idea instilled into them, the wooden sculptures entice both the eye and thought, making a connection that stays with the viewer.

The artist is represented by Galerie Hegemann.

Michael Pickl lives and works in the Upper Palatinate, Germany.

Featured image: Michael Pickl – Flieger (detail), 2007.
All photos courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GalerySolo/Group
2015 Michael Pickl Galerie Kaphammel, BraunschweigSolo
2015 GrossARTig Galerie Hegemann, MünchenGroup
2015 SPLISH SPLASH Kunst Herrman, NeumarktGroup
2014 Michael Pickl Kulturschloß Theuern, TheuernSolo
2014 Menschenskinder Galerie Aspekt, Neustadt an der WeinstraßeGroup
2014 Kunst Herrmann NeumarktGroup
2014 KUNST iN AU Gars am InnGroup
2014 Art fair KölnGroup
2013 Michael Pickl Galerie Hegemann, MünchenSolo
2013 Produzentengalerie Landshut Impulse UnknownSolo
2013 Kastler Kunsttage im Steinstadel Kastl, GemeinschaftsausstellungGroup
2013 Nackt Kunst Hermann, NeumarktGroup
2013 Thambacher Kunsttage 2013Group
2012 Michael Pickl Foyergalerie RednitzhembachSolo
2012 Michael Pickl Galerie Neue Kunst, AmbergSolo
2012 Michael Pickl Galerie Hegemann, MünchenSolo
2012 Michael Pickl Galerie Herrmann, NeumarktSolo
2012 Thambacher Kunsttage 2012Group
2011 Michael Pickl - Skulpturen Galerie LS, NürnbergSolo
2011 Michael Pickl Galerie Lichtblick21, MünchenSolo
2011 Thambacher Kunsttage 2011Group
2011 Neuer Kunst Salon 2011 Haus der Kunst MünchenGroup
2011 MenschensKinder Museumsquartier, TirschenreuthGroup
2010 Michael Pickl Galerie Hermann, NeumarktSolo
2010 Michael Pickl Galerie Sculptur, BambergSolo
2010 Thambacher Kunsttage 2010Group
2010 Kunstsalon 2010 Haus der Kunst, MünchenGroup
2010 Kunst und Kultur zu HohenaschauGroup
2009 Künstlerische Gestaltung der Glocken für die Klosterkirche St. Peter in KastlGroup
2009 Sonderausstellung Michael Pickl Kunst im GutGroup
2009 Thambacher Kunsttage 2009Group
2009 Vom Jura zum Kaolin SchnaittenbachGroup
2008 Menschenträume Treffpunkt Kunst, OttobunnSolo
2008 Neuer Kunst Salon 2008 Haus der Kunst, MünchenGroup
2008 Katalogförderung LfA Förderbank BayernGroup
2007 Michael Pickl bei Galerie Hirmer und Hirmer Galerie Hirmer und HirmerSolo
2007 leben eben! Galerie Kunstraum-Sutter-KressSolo
2007 Neuer Kunstsalon 2007 Haus der Kunst, MünchenGroup
2007 10 Jahre Galerie Aigenart OberammergauGroup
2006 Weltenburger Spuren – Eine DokumentationGroup
2006 DG Deutsche Gesellschaft für christliche Kunst e.V MünchenGroup
2006 DG Deutsche Gesellschaft für christliche Kunst e.V Benediktinerabtei Stift KremsmünsterGroup
2006 Kunstweg Rednitzhembach SymposiumGroup
2005 Mensch Galerie Kunstraum Sutter-KressSolo
2005 Raus 2005, Absolventenausstellung der AdBK NürnbergGroup
2005 Impulse 2 Landskron-Schneidzik, Galerie und KunstagenturGroup
2005 Weltenburger Spuren SymposiumGroup
2004 Hautnah Haus der Kunst, MünchenGroup
2004 Skulpturenland Reitbrook Freilandausstellung in HamburgGroup
2004 Reaktion AdBK, NürnbergGroup
2003 Michael Pickl Bürgerhausgalerie SchwabachSolo
2003 Jahresausstellung Kunstkreis Jura e.V.Group
2003 Rednitzhembacher Kunstweg SymposiumGroup
2002 Starke Frauen Landratsamt NeumarktGroup
2002 Kalender Junge Kunst in Bayern LfA Förderbank BayernGroup
2001 Ausstellung NN-Kunstpreis NürnbergGroup
1997 Künstlerbund Garmisch-PartenkirchenGroup