new york gallery thatcher projects shows ‘coming together’, an exhibition of sculptures by the munich and new york-based duo venske & spänle. defying the confines of their marble medium, the artists’ amorphous
works evoke the forms of primordial creatures.
helotroph weisser riese, 2009
‘helotroph im gelben eimer’,2009 and installation view
‘helotroph in der gelben tuete’, 2009
like a newly discovered species, venske & spänle’s carved marble organisms give rise to a distinct
nomenclature and genealogy. smörfs, gumpfoten, helotrophen, sauger, orophyten and a variety of other
characters populate the marble family of venske & spänle’s sculptural world. bulbous and swelling,
or stretching and slinking, the forms seem poised at the point of motion, almost capable of expanding
beyond their marble skin. disarmingly organic, the sculptures exude individual identities and personalities.
with human-like characteristics, venske & spänle’s marble life forms radiate an undeniable appeal that
probes the concept of the human as a companion to these marble sculptures and consciously explores the
interaction between human beings and the sculptural environment created by the artists. the installation
will incorporate a 3-D animation, linking the actual sculptures to their cyber-space counterparts, blurring
the real and the digital worlds they inhabit.