Exhibition with works from Georg Küttinger and Willy Verginer
In the exhibit ‘Mountain Breeze’, the Pythongallery in Erlenbach shows the works of two internationally acclaimed artists, the subject of both being the mountains. Georg Küttinger (Munich, Germany) photographed mountain vistas and landscapes, and put them into new compositions, to offer the viewer unique insights that do not exist in nature. The humorous, superbly crafted and bold colour sculptures of Willy Verginer (South Tirol, Italy) take a very different view of the snow, cold and mountains. Verginer’s figures are cool and melt into the snow and mountain peaks but seem somewhat skewed in their respective environments.
Georg Küttinger’s Collages: Ingenuity or Betrayal?
From the supposed clarity of space and order, is a dazzling irritation from Georg Küttinger’s photo art. In one work, the Munich photographer sets the Aletsch region with up to 1000 frames that have been reassembled. In the method mentioned by him in accordance with the music ‘remix’, he dismantled a landscape or a panorama into individual images and compressed it into a new whole. Küttinger constructs his landscapes from two variables, location and time. The camera either looks at a known landscape from a new direction, or the photographer returns on various days and seasons to document changing colours, moods, and lighting conditions. Küttinger’s monumental works in panorama format (75 x 270cm) should not be taken as reality. On the contrary, the photographer completely waived pathos in the selection of his images. The works can always be seen with an element of surprise, which even he had during its construction. The photographer does not employ any single strategy, but in the viewer can elicit emotions such as amazement or betrayal.
However, there is always a deep fascination for this new, surreal perspective to Küttinger’s works that you could never take as reality. The final work is more than the sum of its parts, and in Küttinger’s photo art, this statement is truly so.
Willy Verginers Alps: With a Wink
The motives of the sculptures by sculptor Willy Verginer show the residents and the visitors of the Alps: cows and tourists. And just as it is also meant, with a distinct twinkle in his eye! Verginer’s works are in addition to their high quality production and the strong colour contrasts are always a commitment to his home, he used natural materials such as pearwood, which typically grows in South Tirol. All of his sculptures are unique and hand-carved by him. Willy Verginer has already made a name for himself in Germany and Italy, and now Nicole Python is showing him for the first time in Switzerland.