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Ewerdt Hilgemann

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* 1938 | Witten

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Ewerdt Hilgemann

1938
Born in Witten, Germany
  
1958-1959
Studies at the University of Munster, Germany
 
1959-1961
Werkkunstschule and University of the Saarland, Saarbruecken
  
1963
Kuenstlersiedlung Asterstein, Koblenz
  
1964-1967
Scholarships and awards of the Aldegrever Gesellschaft, Muenster; Fritz Berg Stiftung, Hagen; Town of Gelsenkirchen
   
1967-1970
Lived in Gelsenkirchen, a.o. Kuenstlersiedlung Halfmannshof
   
1970-1984
Lived in Gorinchem, Netherlands, a.o. Kunstcentrum Badhuis
  
1975-1984
Studio in Carrara, Italien
  
1977-1998
Lecturer at the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam
   
1981-1982
Travels through Europe
   
1984
Moves to the Netherlands
   
since 1998
Studio and exhibitions in Los Angeles
Exhibitions in Europe and USA
  
Ewerdt Hilgemann first began imploding his geometric hollow bodies in 1984. This is effected by withdrawing the air from the inside of these cubic stainless steel objects using a vacuum pump (or sometimes also by emptying the water-filled hollow body) which are then crushed by the external air pressure. Yet the gleaming perfection of the external shell remains intact and generates in the viewer both optical and mental confusion: Although the objects are crumpled, they betray no signs of exterior impact - and yet it is obvious that an enormous force must have been exerted. The imploded work represents the random outcome of a physical process, and explores the issue of beauty and the uniqueness of geometrical imperfection. Commanding an imposing presence, the twisted objects are possessed of a striking aesthetic expressivity - in contrast to their original forms. Hilgemann's prototypes are made of stable, carefully-wrought stainless steel. Its self-generated transformation is no sudden event, but a gradual, yet powerful metamorphosis. Rather than a "happening", the process of implosion is a creative act which manifests itself visibly in the finished art work. Thus Hilgemann's completed implosions occasion us to reflect upon the nature of our existence. Internal transformations initiate external change. The expended energy remains palpable and turns a uniformly perfect serial product into an entirely new entity, imbued with its own history and the fascination of a personal aura.
(Eva Müller-Remmert)


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