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Over the past thirty years Georg Herold has proven to be one of the most prominent artists working in Germany, having had a broad influence on younger generations. With work known for its irreverent approach to abstractionism, Herold’s corpus spans sculpture, installation, photography, and video.
In recent years, Herold has focused part of his artistic production on self-aware, anthropomorphic sculptures of a crude stick figure minimalism. In this bronze sculpture, traces of this aesthetic are rendered into the shape of a figure that appears recognisable and yet is distinctly alien. The figure’s arched posture, far from laconic, evokes Sisyphean narratives of labour and servitude.
However, Herold has often expressed that the point of his work is not in its meaning, but in the potentialities of its meaning. His work plays with the viewer’s expectations of what is it they should – or think they should – be observing. In doing so, his sculptures remain tantalisingly mysterious.