Six Questions

Six Questions: Johannes Wald

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Johannes Wald.

Artist Johannes Wald
Lives in Berlin
Website http://www.johanneswald.de

How do you describe your own art practice?

My work physically and conceptually examines sculpture, deconstructing its general parameters and the necessary tenets of its existence.

Johannes Wald - Stone with no form (crises never come in shapes), 2015
marble, variable dimensions, (weight: 1,2 t) Courtesy: Daniel Marzona, Berlin; Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels

What was your first experience with art?

At the end of the street I grew up on was a square with two works in public: A well by the German sculptor Ulrich Rückriem and a text piece by Lawrence Weiner, which I didn’t really understood up to that day.

Installation view: "Johannes Wald – Geste und Gefühl / attempts at forming appropriate finds" 2014
Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Photo: Henning Krause Courtesy: Daniel Marzona, Berlin; Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Seeing, feeling and thinking.

Johannes Wald - Pedestal for a muse (Außenversion), 2011
boulder, cow fur (at sunny days), 120 x 210 x 230 cm Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne Courtesy: Daniel Marzona, Berlin; Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels

What do you need in order to create your work?

A rare interaction of moods: boredom, solitude and clarity.

Johannes Wald - Gliederpuppe (traurig), 2010
wood, steel, cloth, 180 x 75 x 75 cm. Courtesy Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels Courtesy: Daniel Marzona, Berlin; Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels

What are you working on at the moment?

I am polishing a piece of obsidian, in order to find the reflection of my face in it. (I already did that before two times. I gave them both away, what I do regret now).

Johannes Wald - Cold veins / warm light, 2017
marble plate, HD projection, 140 x 93 x 4 cm, Photo: Alessandro Sozzi Courtesy: Daniel Marzona, Berlin; Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels; Rita Urso Artopiagallery Milano

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Even though I am not a big fan of Ettore Sottsass’ idea of design, but the emotional richness and freedom in his artworks and writings really touched me. (Ettore Sottsass, There Is A Planet, 15 Set 2017 – 11 Mar 2018, La Triennale, Milano).

Installation view: "Johannes Wald – Giovanni Bosco" 2018, Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Rome Courtesy: Daniel Marzona, Berlin; Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels; Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin/Rome

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