Jürgen Waxweiler

Multiple Kulturlandschaft, Germany, 1999

Concrete 16 moldings, 42x42x13 each

Courtesy of the artist

"Any work of art is not just a document of culture, being at the same time a document of barbarism" Walter Benjamin's sentence inspired me in choosing the title "Multiple Kulturlandschaft", a game of words with multiple layers: culture, nature sculptured by man, destroying nature by culture…says Jurgen Waxweiler.

In his large sculptures, etched in stone, the artist creates pre-historic figures that stand as witness to distant cultures that once existed and are no more. The stone carvings placed in open views of nature provide the monumental control and power to dream of the wide landscapes surrounding them.

These giant masks with frozen expressions or ritualistic icons connect us to the distant history of a place upon which ownership has not been finally determined – as if to challenge progress and technology that hastened to eulogize these symbols of primitive cultures that have passed from this world.

His work “Multiple Kulturlandschaft” shown in the exhibition is part of a series of works in which the internal repetitive rhythm is the meaning of their statement. The multiple figures in the series are perhaps human, perhaps animal, set in row after row, line after line and the artist invites us to wander between them. In this intimate dialogue he seeks to explore the connection of touch between us and the pieces of his creation.

With the open question of the possibility of physical contact with the artwork there exists some kind of permission granted that allows the observer to decide for themselves and in that action take responsibility for their decision.