On view from October 15 until November 15 An Afterimage of Park Avenue by Ewerdt Hilgemann, with photographs by Clara von Aich at the William Holman Gallery
Moments in a Stream features the metal “implosion” sculptures of German artist Ewerdt Hilgemann. These implosions are made by internal pressure created when air is vacuumed out of the original steel cubes – collapsing the steel into lyrical, dancing shapes. This upcoming show coincides with the display of seven of Hilgemann’s monumental sculptures along Park Avenue, which were created using the same methods. Our exhibition will include preparatory model works as well as several brand new steel implosions. Moments in a Stream is on view from from October 15 – November 15, 2014
Ewerdt Hilgemann (1938) was born in Witten, Germany and after briefly studying at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, he attended Werkkunstschule and the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken. In the 1960’s he had residencies at Kätelhöhn Printers in Wamel, Asterstein in Koblenz and Halfmannshof in Gelsenkirchen, Western Germany, and started to exhibit his work across Europe before moving to Gorinchem, the Netherlands in 1970. From 1977 to 1998 Hilgemann taught Concept Development at the Sculpture Department of Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Hilgemann’s work is in public and private collections worldwide including Museum Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany; Museum Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, The Netherlands; Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA; Art Field, Moscow, Russia; Vasareli Museum, Budapest, Hungary; Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands; and has had public installations from Busan, Korea to the City of West Hollywood, CA. Since 1984 the artist lives and works in Amsterdam.
In her twenties, Aich left the security of a comfortable home in Vienna, Austria, to adventurously follow her dream. Arriving in New York, she was fortunate to work first for Richard Avedon and then with Hans Namuth. As she developed, her trademark style won her the respect of her colleagues and clients. Her pictures are inspired: they reveal passion and beauty even as they capture reality with an unflagging devotion to detail and accuracy. Her lucrative assignments for cosmetic companies, publishing houses and advertising agencies have included major campaigns for Estee Lauder, Revlon, Elizabeth Arden and Lancaster. Simultaneously, she worked on artistic and creative projects in exotic locations like India, Africa, South America and Indonesia. These inspired projects have resulted in series on subjects as diverse as fortune telling, Flamenco dance and graffiti art, to name just a few among many. Always open to new ideas, Aich has collaborated with many artists, including the abstract painter Alex Rutsch. A strong spiritual bond led Rutsch and Aich to inspire each other to create meaningful new work. Aich was born in Budapest, Hungary and has an MFA in photography from Vienna’s prestigious Graphic and Research Institute. She works in her historic brownstone in Manhattan.