Ewerdt Hilgemann - Stretched Triple, 2020

Stainless Steel

90 x 13 x 13 cm
35 x 5 x 5 inch

monogrammed and labelled at the bottom right, carved in by the artist: “H200203”

N 9476

About the work

A slender stainless-steel sculpture that moves elegantly into the space, as if it were gracefully swinging its hips. However, the work of the sculptor actually forbids any kind of association with the figurative, because his oeuvre has been characterised from the start by logical-rational structures and an abstract-geometrical repertoire of forms.

The title of this work – Stretched Triple – refers to its structure composed of three elongated cuboids. However, as with Hilgemann’s other sculptures, one can here too trace back the dimensions to the cube that forms the basis for all of his works.

While his works of stone and marble dealt with problems of mass and density, the so-called Implosionen (Implosions) he has created since 1984 are dedicated to the themes of volume and emptiness. In the process, the sculptor builds on his discovery that the removal of the element of air is capable of pressing large, stable vessels of steel. Thus, Hilgemann allows the stringent, geometrical forms of his sculptures to collapse by removing the air from the hollow stainless-steel objects. In this way, cubes, cuboids and pyramids collapse into themselves, fold and deform, as if they had been impacted by a powerful, external force.

However, if one thinks one is seeing a random product, like in the earlier, experimental works, one is astonished to find that coincidence plays no role here. Instead, the artist is able to achieve the desired effects according to plan with his years of experience.  

Text authored and provided by Dr. Doris Hansmann, Art historian

Studies of art history, theater, film and television, English and Romance Languages at the University of Cologne, doctorated in 1994. Research assistant at the Art Museum Düsseldorf. Lecturer and project manager at Wienand Verlag, Cologne. Freelance work as an author, editor and book producer for publishers and museums in Germany and abroad. From 2011 chief editor at Wienand Verlag, from 2019 to 2021 senior editor at DCV, Dr. Cantz’sche Verlagsgesellschaft, Berlin. Numerous publications on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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