Willi Siber: Sacred Space
Address: 99 Crown Street, East Sydney NSW 2010
Date: 27 August - 12 October 2013
Time: Tue - Sat 11-5
Call: +61 2 96 90 0215
The Show Sacred Space displays a cross-section of the various genres of Willi Siber's recent work, wall objects with organic shapes as well as large floor sculptures that stretch out into space. These recently turned to steel, the sculptural material of the 20th century. Unlike Richard Serra's rusty Corten steel plates, however, Siber disguises his material by covering it with layers of glossy enamel. Willi Siber mentions: “Each materiality has its specific character, its distinctive haptics and its look. Deliberately my approach contradicts the expectations of the beholder in relation to familiar ways of material composition and visual habits.
I’m trying to acquire new unexpected forms of expression and appearance from the basic material.” Siber explains further: “I am a child of the classic modernism of the 20th Century. Even as a teenager I was fascinated by Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and the development of abstract art. The appearance of pure form, colour and texture is still not complete. I’m concerned with the formal challenge of familiar abstract shape beyond destruction or deconstruction. An affirmative aesthetics is always maintained.”