At the intriguing booth of Víctor Lope Gallery, as part of the 2016 ART.FAIR Cologne, one can find peculiar paper cuts and wood carvings, somewhere between reality and the metaphysical. We are talking about the works of Spanish/German artist Max Gaertner (Max Gärtner), all produced by hand with impeccable precision. On view, there are two wood pieces, in fact, coming from a portfolio for which this talented individual applied the technique of carving of the Balinese wood figure culture. Evoking the centerpieces for their religious ceremonies, the artist combines his own craftsmanship with their distinct traditions, expressing an appreciation for the importance of spiritualism in art. In the middle, on the other hand, an extraordinary, three-dimensional structure, firstly drawn by hand and then cut carefully from the paper using a scalpel.
Our Ana Bambic Kostov talked to Max Gaertner about these latest works of his and his overall experience at ART.FAIR. Take a listen below!
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Featured images: Max Gaertner - Batu Mejan. Teak Wood carving, 70 x 100 x 2 cm; Max Gaertner - Bali Tiger. Teak Wood carving, 78 x 90 x 2 cm; Max Gaertner - Santo. Paper, needles, spray paint, 110 x 115 cm. All images courtesy the artist.