Carel Visser

During his long career as a sculptor, the work of Carel Visser (1928) has undergone a remarkable evolution. In the forties he started with sculptures in which the abstracted, though still recognizable shapes of people and animals were visible. Under the influence of sculptors such as Alberto Giacometti and Constantin Brancusi, his work gradually became more abstract; yet Visser insists that nature has always remained his source of inspiration.

His aim however is not to imitate nature but to portray its structure. From the middle of the fifties the artist welded sheets of iron and T-bars into solid constructions with simple geometric shapes. Like Brancusi he exam-ined the possibilities of repeating and combi-ning elementary volumes. After 1968 Visser used more pliable materials such as thin metal strips or sheets linked together with leather bands. In this way he made cubes and other simple geometric pieces which were so fragile that they seemed in danger of changing shape any minute. In the early seventies Carel Visser also worked with folded or bent sheets of iron which he stacked or combined to form compositions without any constructional joins. At the end of the seventies the greatest turning-point in his work took place, partly as a result of his moving to a farmhouse in the country. A few years after he had applied this to collages, he started to incorporate all sorts of everyday materials such as umbrellas, car tyres, tree trunks and feathers into his sculptures. This gave rise to peculiar, often more or less symmetrical stacked pieces which are generally associated with 'arte povera'.

In addition to his sculpture, Carel Visser has all his life also made jewellery, furniture and utensils, though only incidentally. A number of these objects were selected for the Over de mensen en de dingen exhibition in Z33. These included a table lamp, a dish and a tray. The combination of perfectly finished shiny metal and glass with recycled material such as cow's horns and the rear window of a Mini, give these objects a singular humorous quality. 

- Peter Pollers


13.02 to 01.05.2005
13.02 to 01.05.2005
13.02 to 01.05.2005
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