The Chili Moon Town Tour Productions show remains on view at the gallery through Saturday February 23rd, whereupon we will be closing for the installation of our first solo exhibition of German artist Martin Wöhrl’s sculpture and installation work. Press release follows below, please join us for the artist’s opening reception Friday February 29th, 6-8pm!

Martin Wöhrl

February 29th – April 5th, 2008
Opening Friday, February 29th, 6-8pm

Spencer Brownstone Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by Munich based sculptor Martin Wöhrl, the artist’s first exhibition in the United States.

Wöhrl’s wide-ranging practice routinely incorporates reinterpreted motifs and strategies drawn from the history of art, architecture, and design, and is characterized by an elliptical skirting of the borders between form and function. Often using found objects or materials sourced form budget DIY and hardware stores, the artist has crafted elevated minimalist platforms that can be enjoyed as sculpture – or used as stages or seating. He has produced a series of fish tanks modeled on utopian modernist housing, and standing lamps from recycled junk. His ongoing ‘Gloriole’ decorative wall works fashion baroque radiating halos from discarded shards of wood left on his workshop floor.

For his exhibition at Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Wöhrl will present several new ‘Gloriole’ pieces alongside new works specially created in-situ at the gallery. Springing from the art historical concept of ‘Kontrapost’, the works in the show will be orchestrated as a series of unfolding dialectical ‘conversations’. The show’s centerpieces will be architectural structures in the form of columns, and two major wall pieces constructed from old wooden doors that have been carved, using power tools, with elaborate ornamental decorations referencing Bavarian folk decoration and corporate logos.

The handcrafted detailing and sensitivity to color and patina sets the artist’s work apart from much contemporary critical discourse on the relationship between art and design. Wöhrl’s work ultimately offers a more generous and inclusive traversal of our shifting definitions of the aesthetic and the functional.

Martin Wöhrl was born in Munich, Germany, in 1974 and studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in the city before completing his studies at Glasgow School of Art through a DAAD Fellowship in 2002. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘New Works’ at Villa Concordia, Bamberg, and ‘Papa Bifi’ at Atelier Wilhelmstraße 16 e.V., Stuttgart, as well as several solo exhibitions at Sprüth/Magers Projekte, Munich. The artist has participated in group exhibitions at venues internationally, including Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico-City; 4th Berlin Biennial; W139, Amsterdam; and Lenbachhaus, Munich.

Read more on Martin Wöhrl here.