New work at next solo show 2017
Current studio work is based on various techniques and materials, also in combinations. It is today consciously inspired by the installations in various ways: technically (by assembling similar or identical parts), formally (through focusing on curved/straight shapes) and/or materially by recycling the wood from dismantled monumental constructions. This re-use of slats transforms “wood with a history” into new sculptures, coloured objects or three-dimensional “paintings”.
Rainer Gross began his artwork as a sculptor in stone and marble. The focus was on creating a dialogue between rough natural parts and finely crafted geometric interventions with the intention to achieve a reconciliatory effect despite striking contrasts. This aim also applies to his installation activity which started soon afterwards. Site-specific constructions with an extended spatial reach then led to an interest in metal work which allows the creation of wide-span curvilinear forms. Concurrently, early sculptures carved in wood with chain saws emerged. Wood/steel combinations followed. Later wood sculptures such as the series “Jahresringe” (annual rings) and “Einschnitte” (incisions) show influences of the installations by virtue of their “repetitive gesture”.
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