Georg Herold – press release 2006

Press Release:

Opening 26 May 2006 from 19.30 to 21.30 – From 26 May to 14 July 2006.

Tuesdays through Fridays 11.00-13.30 and 15.00-1830.

Gallery A: GEORG HEROLD

Georg Herold has always exerted a strong influence on the new generations of artists. His work is smooth, ironic, permeated by a disenchanted political sense, with an estranging look provided by the conflicting materials used: from bricks to caviar, from rough wood to nylon.

These materials, bearing a social or political significance, are reinterpreted either on the canvas or as scupltures, devoid of their original function. All this calls to mind Samuel Beckett’s Theatre of the Absurd or Lars Von Trier’s Idiots, in which there is a meaning,  but this meaning can never clearly be defined. The very moment truth seems to be revealed, in fact, the curtain opens up again in our minds and shows us another vision that takes us from the certainty we had just acquired to a new one that we would have never considered. This Hamlet-like consideration tells us that everything around us is part of humankind with all the contradictions that go with it, part of life with its absurd ups and downs, simple everyday gestures and great aspirations, but it also leads to the farce of politics and of strategy, and, accordingly, to its victims.

Herold translates all this and his personal experiences into artworks that cannot completely reveal their meaning, as the illusion they ironically manifest cannot reveal the cynical disenchantment of the experiences that lay at their bases. This does not involve the artist laying down in the hidden significance of the works, but an additional level of analysis that can result in a cathartic vision, causing to smile those who really want to see.