A Quivering Solidity

Herbert-Golser-Twin-detail-2014-15-pear-wood-steel-73x30x171cm, courtesy of Rosenfeld Porcini.

There is still time to enjoy Herbert Golser’s sculptures at Rosenfeld Porcini gallery. His solo show, a Quivering Solidity, ends on the 11th of July.

Golser is an Austrian artist who currently lives and works in Klein-Pöchlarn, Lower Austria. His work is featured in multiple public spaces in Austria, Hungary and Italy.  In 2013, he was part of The-Solo-Project in Basel. Working mainly with wood, he manipulates his material in extraordinary ways and shows a deep understanding of its complexities, strength, delicacies and range of colours.

Herbert Golser, Spin Off, 2014, pear wood, 30x30x205cm, courtesy Rosenfeld Porcini
Herbert Golser, Spin Off, 2014, pear wood, 30x30x205cm, courtesy Rosenfeld Porcini

 

Some of the works are carved into delicate wafer-thin layers, almost like paper. Others rise vertically from the ground with bursting horizontal layers or stacked vertical sheets which are all part of the same piece of wood. The finished product is organic, pure and contemplative.

Herbert Golser, Untitled, 2014-15, ash wood, 105x55x108cm, courtesy Rosenfeld Porcini
Herbert Golser, Untitled, 2014-15, ash wood, 105x55x108cm, courtesy Rosenfeld Porcini

Even though Golser’s work can be traced to the great Austrian Tyrolean tradition, he distinguishes himself by departing from the figurative, often naïve tradition. In the exhibition, there is no reference to the human figure. It is abstract, with the exception of one sculpture that could be viewed as an open book.

The whole process is very precise and sophisticated. Golser has to wait months, and sometimes even years, before the finished sculpture is dry, stable and can be exhibited. The gallery compares him to a “magician seeing inside any block of wood and understanding clearly what, from an outsider’s perspective, still lies completely hidden”.

Golser’s works create a great feeling of balance. The wood sculptures are displayed in a variety of ways: some are on the ground, some are on a plinth and others are directly mounted on the walls.

05_Herbert Golser, Untitled, 2014, pear wood, 64x21x55cm, courtesy R osenfeld Porcini
Herbert Golser, Untitled, 2014, pear wood, 64x21x55cm, courtesy R osenfeld Porcini

 

Address: 37 Rathbone Street, London W1T 1NZ
Opening Times: Tue – Fri 11am-7pm; Sat 12-6pm
www.rosenfeldporcini.com

Historically the home of writers, musicians and painters, Fitzrovia  has recently become the location of choice for galleries showing emerging artists. These have sprung up alongside more established spaces that pioneered the development of a young and vibrant alternative to the art powerhouses in neighbouring Mayfair. As part of our promotion of urban creativity, we offer events and tours featuring the art scene active in various London areas. We also curate programme for visitors or residents who want to explore a particular neighbourhood or art form.

To learn about our Fitzrovia Art Scene tour or our sculpture events, contact us.

 

 

 

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