Gerd Schnapp-Ebmeier

Art touches the Soul, you just have to permit it.

For SCULPTURES and RELIEFS made of native and exotic woods I partly use bronze, brass, copper, and polyester, and various natural materials. The type, colour, grain, and structure of the individual woods are the starting point for a synthesis between material and form. Two different approaches are to be distinguished in the implementation of an idea: a formal-aesthetic one and a critical associative one, with no particular dividing line between the two fields. When looking at and touching the soft, flowing forms, you will enjoy a sensual experience rather than a visual impression, and feel the aesthetics of different materials.


PHOTOPAINTINGS are abstractions and transformations rather than true reflections of the reality. Photos of structures, objects, details of landscapes and natural materials, already manipulated during the capture, are digitally edited several times. The result of this process is a distorted “image” of the reality, which shows the original subject only to some extent. This leaves room for different associations when you look at the large pictures printed on canvas. If you ask “What does the photo show?”, you will not receive an answer.


The three-dimensional rust pictures called TRANSFORMATIONS are the planned, but also surprising(,) random results of consciously controlled chemical and physical processes aimed at changing existing materials. Corroding bronze, copper and iron pigments combine with paper, canvas, found objects, sheet metal, and natural materials on passe-partout panels of wood or canvas. These assemblages may leave you with the impression of rusted steel plates, a visual illusion or fake.


My latest works called METAMOPHOSES refer to the idea of change. Due to materials and colours chosen in an experimental process, different lighting produces very different visual impressions. In broad daylight and by lamplight the view differs largely from what you see when the large-format abstract pictures are lit by ultra-violet lamps or shown in complete darkness. In creating three-dimensional pictures, metal pigments such as iron, bronze, copper, and aluminum are used as well as particular kinds of colours. You are free to form associations of different worlds when looking at them.