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Norbert Prangenberg

Norbert Prangenberg, Figur

Norbert Prangenberg Sculptures and Fine Oceanic & Eskimo Art
June 12 - 18, 2017
Jean-Francois Heim & Angela Berney Fine Arts, Basle, Switzerland
a cooperation with Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany, and Galerie Meyer – Oceanic Art, Paris, France
Opening: Monday, June 12, 2017, 7 - 8 p.m.

NORBERT PRANGENBERG began exploring artistic possibilities in a spatial context through sculpture in the 1980s, maintaining an ever-present and close connection with drawing and painting as modes of expression. With both his training as a goldsmith as well as his time spent drafting designs for glassworks constituting the foundation of his artistic approach, Prangenberg’s artisanal background imbued all of his works with an inherent interdisciplinary practice.

Prangenberg’s vocabulary is generated by an uninhibited creative impulse, founded in the artist’s deep attachment to material issues. Primary geometric shapes such as circle, diamond, triangle, oval and square are the building blocks that through continual repetition and spatial variation reappear as an orb, polyhedron, pyramid and cube, representing a corporeal presence in a space. In Prangenberg’s universe figures originate, “whose spatial properties are to be reconstructed over and over again”. (T. Schmidt-Wulffen)

Prangenberg molds his sculptures from clay, making no attempt to conceal the earthen, primeval quality of the material. Large upright and reclined hollow bodies – their basic form recalling archaic amphorae –, may be therefore understood as the result of a creative process whose formal decisions are based on given material circumstances. Akin to the outcome of an eruption, bulbous, porous walls covered in rhythmical eversions and protuberances become manifest in the artist’s Figuren. Appearing to result from the elements’ fiery discharge these outbursts often assume a decorative appearance, resembling floral traits. Scratches, perforations and cuts structure the rough, chapped surface, treated with colour and glaze. During the process, the colour composition takes on a life of its own as it from time to time detaches itself from the sculpture, prompting the vividly hued skin of the expansive figures to become the connective tissue between sculpture and painting. Prangenberg’s enduring interest for material possibilities and productive concerns is reflected in his collaboration with master ceramists as well as highly renowned manufactures such as Sèvres, out of whose production three delicate vases are shown in the exhibition.     

Jean-Francois Heim & Berney Fine Arts, Andlauer Hof, Münsterplatz 17, 1538 Basle, Switzerland
Mon - Sun   9.30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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