Providing a rich artisanal background and being originally trained as a goldsmith, the German artist started his artistic practice in the 1980s.
By using geometric shapes such as circle, diamond, triangle, oval and square as central elements in his works that reappear through continues repetition and variation, Prangenberg creates his figures that are dealing with material issues. He molds sculptures from clay, making no attempt to conceal the earthen, primeval quality of the material. Thereby, he presents a creative process that is working with and adapting itself to given material circumstances. Scratches, perforations and cuts structure the rough, chapped surface, treated with colourand glaze. During the process, the colour composition takes on a life of its own as it from time to time detaches itself from the sculpture, prompting the vividly hued skin of the expansive figures to become the connective tissue between sculpture and painting.
The exhibition is presented by Galerie Karsten Greve, in cooperation with Galerie Meyer – Oceanic Art, Paris, France at Jean-François Heim & Angela Berney Fine Arts in Basel.
- Norbert Prangenberg, Figur, 1993. Courtesy of Galerie Karsten Greve