Punched print, lacquer, dried birchbark and foil, ink, folded collage
Dimensions: 35cm (H) x 50cm (W) / 13.8" (H) x 19.7" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
In his "Snow" series, Harald Kröner expands his abstract visual language in nuanced, poetic ways by combining new materials with time-tested techniques.
Dried fish skin, which is representative of animal life, and birchbark, which is representative of plant life, have been added to the printed materials he has long used as collage elements. Just as the appropriated photos and literary snippets in Kröner's work speak to the constructed reality that always follows him, these natural materials speak to an ever present ecological influence. Together they evoke a connection between nature and the human-made world.
Folding and "punching-out" are the techniques that define the "Snow" series. The folds replace handmade marks, adding a linear presence that is also sculptural and intimate--an inner space of contemplation within the image. The punch-outs--circles dissected from printed matter using cutting tools of different diameters--speak to the idea of uniqueness within uniformity, a concept integral to nature and ever present in Kröner's oeuvre.
Framed: 35 x 50 cm - maple spacer frame.
Unframed: 29.5 x 42.0 cm
Based in: Pforzheim
Harald Kröner is a German artist who could be described as "paper artist", producing essentially works on paper and collages. His work involves also public installations.
Harald Kröner works thoroughly with paper, of which he is a notorious collector, whether it be artist paper, printed sheets, or papers collected in his daily life, transforming them into drawings and collages.
His works are made predominantly with coloured ink, but stain, lacquer, spray or enamel can sometimes be used in the creation process.
Lines, very present on his artworks, can be the result of a pencil stroke, a cut, the edge of a torn paper, dripping ink or the borders of collaged paper underneath his paintings.
Chance plays an important role in his work, which explores the limit between hazard and control, order and chaos.
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