An Exhibition by Franz Klainsek at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, New York


“Nothing is more beautiful than an accident of nature.” — Franz Klainsek

His creation is driven from the power of natural force. The moment in which creation comes from destruction. In full commitment and trust, the artist devotes himself to the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound. As he strikes the copper with his axe, the work emerges. The work reveals the depth of simplicity — the raw cuts within the copper plane; a declaration that from this space of openness, the end becomes the beginning. In this perfect unfolding, each strike is a birth. The inspiration came from the artist's commitment to making the work come “alive”, taking the relationship with the work beyond the surface. Through a process that is both physical and emotional, the plane transcends into a living object.

Using the entirety of the 1600 sq. ft exhibition space a massive installation creates a relationship between the work on copper and the viewer. Franz Klainsek spends several days balancing one gold nail after another on their base. He does this deprived of sleep, food and with minimal liquids. “Presence” is an immersive performance art piece that evolves into a multidimensional installation. The concept of the piece is a full commitment to the present moment. “Present. Nail to nail; breath to breath; choice to choice,” — the piece is fueled by moment to moment intention. The space where every breath is channeled into the creation of the piece.

Thank you to the man who forged this steel; with it, I’ve created this body of work.

“We are born with fresh eyes to only have them tainted. All we have learned begins to dissolve as we get closer to the essence of our being.
The past does not exist, neither does the future. Every moment is a chance to start anew. A new beginning... Rebirth.

Thank you to the man who forged this steel; with it, I’ve created this body of work.”

The work is a raw and direct interpretation of Klainsek’s studies of the subconscious mind, life experiences to date, and the strong desire to journey on into further understanding Truth.

“Franz’s work will give you the key to freedom. I’ve never seen an artist so dedicated to elevating their work to the level of mastery.”

Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim

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