Sculpture and the Human Condition

Human existence is an unavoidable truth of life that is explored in numerous art forms – sculpture being one such medium.

Hannah Arendt noted in The Human Condition that art challenges the utilitarian value associated with manufactured objects. This characteristic of art allows it to transcend utilitarianism and surpass utilitarianism found elsewhere.

Sun-Hyuk Kim

Sun-Hyuk Kim of South Korean artist has created some truly astounding sculptural feats in recent times with his use of curves, pipes and cables in stainless steel to form intricate structures that combine human anatomy with plant root systems to form complex sculptures that stand out among modern sculptures.

At its core, these sculptures evoke an ethereal and sensual experience – yet their construction doesn’t require special tools to put together.

Kim utilizes stainless steel painted in earth tones to craft intricate sculptures from simple elements, from large rings of branches to miniature trees sprouting from their roots – each piece is singular and breathtakingly original.

Korea is an art creation and innovation haven, yet its economy can make breaking into it difficult with limited budget and visibility.

Given this reality, it should come as no surprise that many newcomers to art are exploring technology through their works of art. Kim even made history with his first piece that used a 3D printer!

Kim’s innovation wasn’t groundbreaking in itself; rather, his was the first time this technology had ever been employed to make a large-scale, stainless-steel sculpture of this scale. Although successful, the artist still hopes to find ways to utilize this technology more practically; his next project should be displayed at a gallery soon enough; don’t miss it if this guy comes up with anything else amazing! We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

Achim Ripperger

Ripperger explores the inherent physicality of human experience through his sculpture work. Utilizing a chainsaw, he attacks oak beams or logs with raw material as raw material for figures to emerge out of. Once complete, each piece includes an translucent painting showing parts of its original wood.

Ripperger explores various facets of the human experience in his sculptures and paintings: strength and fragility, simplicity and genius, freedom versus dependence and consciousness/subconsciousness. He rescues these often contradictory situations to develop his own language for internal exploration.

Ripperger explores the human condition with great philosophical depth and commitment, drawing inspiration from this subject matter for his sculptures, paintings on canvas and paper works, new media installations and new media artworks.

He has shown his work at various galleries throughout Germany and Italy, and participated in various humanitarian-oriented art associations.

Achim Ripperger lives and works in Frakfurt am Main where his diverse artistic practice encompasses multiple mediums. His captivating works include sculptures made of wood, bronze or other metals as well as works on paper.

His current solo show opened at the Frakfurt am Main Museum (FRAK), running through January 20, 2020 and featuring several of his sculptures.

While experimenting with various media, he remains dedicated to exploring the complex nature of human existence through sculpture. Through this approach, he has developed his own visual language while probing deeper into mind’s inner workings.

Ripperger has been actively engaged with the Frankfurt area arts scene for more than 10 years and holds memberships in a number of arts organizations and socially engaged and humanitarian art projects, founding several of these projects as well. Furthermore, he has supported European and international charitable art associations like Art Moves Europe e.V.

Pietro Campagnoli

Pietro Campagnoli, an artist based out of Turin, is best known for his ghost-like sculptures that represent human condition. As someone living with Asperger Syndrome himself, his sculptures show his struggle to connect socially despite being highly intelligent.

He uses blankets and gypsum to cast people’s bodies, then waits until their “envelope” solidifies like a chrysalis. His technique uses white light to simulate ghost-like features; his work has since become one of the major topics of discussion among experts and critics alike.

His concept, known as the “plaster armor”, represents his desire to break down barriers of prejudice that separate us. His works can be found in permanent collections including Castello Cova in Milan; Foundation Bevilacqua La Masa of Venice and Spazio Lancia Torino as well as Pellion di Persano Torino/Commune Di Torino Collection Torino.

Pietro is an immensely talented sculptor whose work has been widely recognized. His pieces have won him multiple awards and he currently stands as a key figure in culture 2020’s capitalization process. Additionally, he has completed multiple projects for clients in his home city of Milan as well as recently exhibiting in Parma – click here for his interview in HUB/ART!

Rudolf Hoflehner

Rudolf Hoflehner imbued his sculptures with an awareness of both the dangers and promise of industry, exploring issues concerning human condition in this way. His pieces recall cyborgs from science-fiction as well as industrial mechanization’s wonder and horror.

Hoflehner was educated as an engineer, which provided the basis for his works that exhibit a keen sense of change and the inevitability of struggle. Hoflehner often depicts this theme through iron sculptures which especially resonate.

Human Condition, his most well-known sculpture, stands as an upright standing figure welded into a massive slab of iron. With its menacing form and intimidating stride reminiscent of industrial life, this work challenges viewers to confront their own conditions in relation to industry.

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