Seeking the Essence 2015, Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Bremen

Seeking the Essence 2015

Excerpt from "Telling spaces" (see texts)

Old and new sculpture collide with each other in the right wing. The
difference between object-centred and context-oriented sculpture
is played through in almost textbook fashion here, as Helwing creates
a fluid transition by means of the open pedestals for Marcks’ figures. In
mathematical space these three pedestals are grouped as the corners
of a triangle; in experienced space this is sensed (subconsciously) as order.
What is evident here is how, under the heading Wesensforschung / Seeking
the Essence
, the younger artist does not stage the works of his colleague
overelaborately, but lets their pithiness of form take effect within the space.
The object that Helwing places in the middle of this space appears as a minimal
abstract form. On traversing the space it becomes apparent, however, that the
form is – metaphorically rather than literally – highly figural. Beneath the
hanging form there is room for a viewer to stand, and the form combined with
the architecture emerges as a symbol of Helwing’s art being an interface between
the viewer and the building.  Arie Hartog

Material:  MDF boards, mirror film, works by Gerhard Marcks (bronze):
Fisher Keeping Watch (1945), Shepherdess (1945), Pool Attendant (1947)