Ewerdt Hilgemann - Half Cube, 2020

Stainless Steel

28 x 28 x 15 cm
11 x 11 x 5 inch

Back: artist label
monogrammed, designated on the back: “H. 200152”, with a direction arrow

Provenance:
artist's studio

N 9479

About the work

It is the connection of destruction and creation that has already characterised the oeuvre of Ewerdt Hilgemann for many decades. Destruction as a means of design entered into the creative work of the artist in 1982 when he allowed a carefully polished cube of precious Carrara marble with a side length of 1.50 metres to plummet down the slope of a stone quarry. What had been presented to the experienced viewer as a perfect sculpture with a concrete-constructive character shortly before was now reshaped by the unbridled forces of nature.
Since then, Hilgemann’s sculptural work cannot be imagined without coincidence and a conscious violation of the previously carefully formulated geometric form. Planning and incalculable providence, ratio and intuition unite to form an unusual body of artistic production that has enriched Concrete Art with a new vocabulary of form.
Less primitively than before, but still clearly palpable, the effects of coincidence also characterise this small-format, simple wall work. Like in many other works of the artist, the module of the cube – this time as a solitaire – provides the foundation for the design.

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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