Stefan Schwaighofer, Spiegeltor, 2005, 4mm Kortenstahl, Foto auf Glas, 300 x 300 x 29 cm, Schenkung
Stefan Schwaighofer, Spiegeltor, 2005, 4mm Kortenstahl, Foto auf Glas, 300 x 300 x 29 cm, Schenkung
Stefan Schwaighofer, Spiegeltor, 2005, 4mm Kortenstahl, Foto auf Glas, 300 x 300 x 29 cm, Schenkung

Stefan Schwaighofer - Spiegeltor (Mirrored Gate), 2005

Stefan Schwaighofer (1944-2012), moved from Vienna to Salzburg in 1969, where he studied stage design at Mozarteum University. Since 1975 he has been working as freelance artist. He lived and worked in Scheffau near Salzburg.
His work „Spiegeltor“ (Mirrored Gate) is part of a series of sculptures summarized by the author under the title „Voluminator. Of the memory of emptiness”. With the "Voluminator" Schwaighofer tried to expand sculpture into the fourth dimension as answer to the accusation of Kazimir Malevich, who claimed in 1919 in his “Thoughts on Poetry" that a sculptor is stuck in three-dimensionality.
He intensively explores philosophical aspects of the phenomenon "time", past and present and the unfathomable space which is created by the perception of time in combination with feelings and dreams. This space is symbolically encompassed in his works with various forms of 4mm corten steel. For the work on display he chose the form of a gate with a diagonal caesura on one side that contains photographs printed onto glass at the bottom and a mirror on top, which does not only reflect and connect the photographs, but also the surroundings. The cycle is continued via circuitous routes. The „mirrored gate” permits new insights into its surroundings, offers new perceptual parameters.It can be interpreted as a gate between time and space, past and present, rooms and bodies.

 


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