Ornament and Obsession
Evelyn-Dorothée Allemand, Arie Hartog, Markus Landert & Hans-Peter Wipplinger (Eds.)
In a contemporary art scene in which one artist’s work can be mistaken for another’s, no one ever fails to recognize Austrian Elmar Trenkwalder’s utterly unique vision. Avidly collected throughout Europe, his clay sculptures combine vegetable-like forms, grotesquely distorted fragments of the human body, sexual obsessions reminiscent of the Kama Sutra and elements of Rococo architecture; he also creates drawings, paintings and mixed-media installations. The absolute opposite of trendy minimalism, Trenkwalder’s oddly human theater of architecture shows exuberant ornaments functioning not so much “holy shrines” as they are sly exhibitions of dreams and the unconscious.
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