OLIVIA BERCKEMEYER

 

 

Ships and airplanes dynamically rise up against gravity and time, long forgotten mythical creatures conquer the postmodern and the patina of aged structures meets surfaces of iridescent bronze or gold – in her unique sculptures, Olivia Berckemeyer generates confusion and fascination through the combination of apparent contradictions. Alone the use of bronze casting, an apparently anachronistic technique, undermines clichés of what contemporary sculpture ‘should be’. Yet precisely because of this medium’s unexpected flexibility is Berckemeyer so virtuosically successful in bestowing her subject matter with the appropriate form. Due to the natural characteristics of this medium, she can vary amorphous impressions of melting, dissolving, smelting – in short: the process, together with the her objects distinctive motifs and characters and alloy them to overall shapes. Subsequently, the represented figure or object remains clearly recognisable whilst exhibiting the notable effects of liquefaction, which recalls melting wax or dripping acid and often accounts for the majority of the sculpture. The production method has much to do with these deformations, as the original positive of the cast is indeed formed from wax. The contrast in the materiality becomes especially apparent when clearly recognisable areas are smoothed to a polish and the ‘effects of liquidation’ show a typical bronze patina. Thus there arises a very sensory interplay between sparkling gloss and deep, rough matt. The astute observer suddenly finds himself vis-à-vis a variation of baroque chiaroscuro, encapsulated in a contemporary sculpture.

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„Allein der Einsatz der scheinbar anachronistischen Technik des „Massiv-Bronzegusses der verlorenen Form“ in heutigen Tagen, unterläuft Klischees wie gegenwärtige Plastik „zu sein habe“. Doch gerade wegen der ungeahnten Flexibilität dieses Mediums gelingt es Berckemeyer auf virtuose Weise, ihren Themen den angemessenen Guss zu verleihen. Denn durch die genuinen Eigenschaften dieses Mediums kann sie amorphe Abformungen des Schmelzens, des Zerfließens, des Zergehens - kurz: des Prozesses mit der prägnanten Motivik ihrer Objekte und Personen variieren und zu Gesamtformen legieren. In Folge bleibt die dargestellte Figur bzw. das abgebildete Objekt klar erkennbar, sieht sich jedoch bemerkenswerten Ausprägungen von Verflüssigung ausgesetzt, welche an geschmolzenes Wachs oder triefende Schlacke erinnern und häufig einen Großteil der Plastik ausmachen.

 

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Olivia Berckemeyer

Schwarzer Jager ( Black Hunter)

unique cast bronze

50x36x26 cm

 

 

                                                                                                                                                              

14.000,00 €

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Flesh for fantasy

unique cast bronze a cire perdue

40x28x50 cm

 

 

                                                                                                                                                              

12.500,00 €

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Blue Dior

 polaritwax

32x35x25 cm

 

                                                                                                                                                              

5.400,00 €

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Argonaute

unique cast bronze a cire perdue

60x40x20 cm 60 kg

                                                                                                                                                              

23.000,00 €

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TLebensfaden/(thread of life)

aluminium polaritwax

50x25x 60 cm

 

                                                                                                                                                              

7.000,00 €

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V-Zeta

unique cast bronze steel

28x23x33 cm
                                                                                     

5.300,00 €

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 V- PI

unique cast bronze steel

48x33x60 cm
                                                                              

5.900,00 €

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V-Gamma

unique cast bronze steel

28x20x32 cm

                                                                                          

5.300,00 €

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Flying Horse

unique cast bronze a cire perdue

100x60x65 cm
                                                                           

20.000,00 €

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Lady D

unique cast bronze a cire perdue

40x48x58 cm
                                                                      

22.000,00 €

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Fehdehandschuh (gauntlet)

unique cast aluminium a cire perdue

55x38x20 cm 10kg
                                                                         

15.000,00 €

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SEA CLOUD, 2017

polaritwax linen wood  

38x38x13 cm 

                                                                                      

4.700,00 €

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