Masculin_Masculin

Rainer Schluter
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
December
   
10
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December
   
21
Masculin_Masculin  is  inspired  by  the  exhibition  which  took  place  at the  Musée d`Orsay  in  Paris  in  January  2014;  it  displays  works  created  when  I  moved  to Sydney from Far North Queensland. 

INFORMATION

The female nude is commonplace in today’s society,  while  male  nudity  and  sexuality  remain  less  represented  in  every  day images. In my opinion however, Sydney has a strong masculine dimension, and this feeling and my personal emotions triggered the inspiration for my new work.  My  sculptures  express  the  human  masculine  body,  its  tensions,  emotions,  and challenges.

The  first  series “Conquering  Barriers’  is  autobiographical;  it  relates  to  the  initial feelings of oppression I experienced in Sydney. It is about the struggle within one self,  the  mental  walls  and  obstacles  one  has  to  conquer  to  adapt to  new challenges  and  radical  change.  This  series  is  in  mixed  media:  waxed  carved plaster and Carrara marble figures, attached or assembled to rusted steal pieces. The  second  series “Dancers”  is inspired  by a  recent  dance  performance  by  the Bangarra  Dance  company  at  the  Sydney  Opera  House  in  June  2015.  These small   rough   sculptures,   modelled   in   clay,   are   spontaneous,   twisted   and fragmented  male  bodies,  expressions  of  the  continuous  search  for the  right instant, the right balance and the right emotion, in art creation as well as in life.

Rainer  Schlueter  (MBA  and  Engineer,  Free  University –  Brussels)  graduated  in fine  arts  at  the  Belgium  Academy  of  Fine  Arts  in  Brussels.  He  has  exhibited  in Belgium, France and Italy, mostly sculptures in marble, granite and basalt stone. On  moving  to  Port  Douglas  Australia  in  July  2011  he  became  a  full time professional sculptor. Inspired by the tropics his medium became wood and fibre –  often  painted –  from  the  surrounding  beach  and  rainforest  environment.  His work  evolved  from  small  to  medium  scale  projects  to  monumental  sculpture groups  and  outdoor  installations.  For  his  large  scale  sculpture  group  "Blue Dancers"  he  received  the  Artist  Award  for  Excellence  at   “Ephemera”,  the 2013 Biennial  Sculpture  Festival  in  Townsville,  Queensland.  He  moved  to  Sydney  in mid-March 2015, and has a studio in the SQ1 artists' space. He has since begun a new series of small figurative sculptures in mixed media using plaster, clay and steel.

The female nude is commonplace in today’s society,  while  male  nudity  and  sexuality  remain  less  represented  in  every  day images. In my opinion however, Sydney has a strong masculine dimension, and this feeling and my personal emotions triggered the inspiration for my new work.  My  sculptures  express  the  human  masculine  body,  its  tensions,  emotions,  and challenges.

The  first  series “Conquering  Barriers’  is  autobiographical;  it  relates  to  the  initial feelings of oppression I experienced in Sydney. It is about the struggle within one self,  the  mental  walls  and  obstacles  one  has  to  conquer  to  adapt to  new challenges  and  radical  change.  This  series  is  in  mixed  media:  waxed  carved plaster and Carrara marble figures, attached or assembled to rusted steal pieces. The  second  series “Dancers”  is inspired  by a  recent  dance  performance  by  the Bangarra  Dance  company  at  the  Sydney  Opera  House  in  June  2015.  These small   rough   sculptures,   modelled   in   clay,   are   spontaneous,   twisted   and fragmented  male  bodies,  expressions  of  the  continuous  search  for the  right instant, the right balance and the right emotion, in art creation as well as in life.

Rainer  Schlueter  (MBA  and  Engineer,  Free  University –  Brussels)  graduated  in fine  arts  at  the  Belgium  Academy  of  Fine  Arts  in  Brussels.  He  has  exhibited  in Belgium, France and Italy, mostly sculptures in marble, granite and basalt stone. On  moving  to  Port  Douglas  Australia  in  July  2011  he  became  a  full time professional sculptor. Inspired by the tropics his medium became wood and fibre –  often  painted –  from  the  surrounding  beach  and  rainforest  environment.  His work  evolved  from  small  to  medium  scale  projects  to  monumental  sculpture groups  and  outdoor  installations.  For  his  large  scale  sculpture  group  "Blue Dancers"  he  received  the  Artist  Award  for  Excellence  at   “Ephemera”,  the 2013 Biennial  Sculpture  Festival  in  Townsville,  Queensland.  He  moved  to  Sydney  in mid-March 2015, and has a studio in the SQ1 artists' space. He has since begun a new series of small figurative sculptures in mixed media using plaster, clay and steel.

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