Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wolfgang Weileder: 'TRANSVERSALE' Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany

Wolfgang Weileder


13 July - 24 August, 2014

Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany

Wolfgang Weileder lives in the UK and is Professor of Sculpture at Newcastle University art school.
He is known for his artistic interventions and installations in public spaces.

For Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Weileder presents a massive spatial installation that turns the bunker building as a whole, into a virtual "skew". Presenting the Kunsthalle as a scale model within the gallery, Weileder shifts the spatial relationship of the viewer and viewing space.

In addition to his sculptural work, he also deals extensively with the manipulative possibilities of photography. Weileder presents two large scale photographic series, "Atlas", his large-format photographs of urban spaces around the world made by layering one-pixel horizontal slices taken from thousands of fixed position photographs of towns and cities, and "Seascapes", produced with  one-pixel vertical slices of large format seascapes. A specially produced print has been made for the exhibition showing the old town of Recklinghausen.


Each image within both series is made over a number of hours giving the sense of 'time compression'. Weileder sets up a formal yet poetic sense of time and space, allowing for a better understanding of place. Through the perspective of the latest digital technology, urban landscape and natural landscape come together to create a new, unprecedented visual world.