The dark celebration of Gehard Demetz

published in: Art By Apostolos Mitsios, 01 October 2009

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You have stolen my silence, 2006, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 167,5x55x38 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

Gehard Demetz is a mystery artist, the only thing that we know about him is that he was born in 1972, Italy, and that he currently lives in the mountains of Selva Gardena. Maybe this is the only thing that matters when you set an eye on his absolutely marvelous wooden sculptures, since you forget everything you may have in your mind. Why lie, this is not wood, this is the material of the dreams.  And dreams are the perfect place for dark surrealism to rise. What are those lost children looking for? What’s the story that they hide? They look at you and it seems that they are inviting you to torture them. Or to pay for having tortured them in the past, as if they were the habitants of a forgotten orphanage where bad things were happening.


(left) Gloomysunday, 2007, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 173 X 44 X 40 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

(right) Your sweat is salty, 2005, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 172 x 38 x 35 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

Their sad expressions come as a contrast to the almost porcelain aspect of the wood.  It seems that innocence was interrupted there and now it’s time for justice, for the revenge of the good. The missing wooden parts of the sculptures reveal the aching truth. That life may be at moments superficial and seemingly happy-go -lucky, but nobody can hide from the past, nobody can escape his ghosts. Gerald Demetz’s sculptures leave you defenseless. Addicted to darkness, you keep begging for more.

Gehard Demetz is represented by

Galleria Rubin, Milan // Italy

discover Demetz's talent through the pictures that follow:

You have stolen my silence (detail) , 2006, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 167,5x55x38 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

You have stolen my silence (detail) , 2006, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 167,5x55x38 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

 

left // Don't think twice it's all right, 2007, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 171 x 40 x 35 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

right // Don't cry in public, 2007, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 170 x 108 x 34 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

Don't cry in public, 2007, detail,© Gehard Demetz
wood, 170 x 108 x 34 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

I hear the spirit while I whisper, 2007, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 166x105x37,5 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

I hear the spirit while I whisper (detail) , 2007, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 166x105x37,5 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

Hitler and Mao, 2007, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 2 pieces, ca 168 x 37 x 37 cm each, detail
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

Your monsters are just like mine, 2006 © Gehard Demetz
wood, 168,5 x 38 x 35 cm, detail
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

My headphones save my life, 2006 © Gehard Demetz
wood, 158 x 38 x 35 cm, detail
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

Mum only said wash your hands, 2008 © Gehard Demetz
wood, 168 x 37,5 x 34 cm, detail
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

image credits // clockwise:

a - A soft distortion,  2008 © Gehard Demetz, wood, 162 x 31,5 x 28 cm,  Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano Photo by Luca Reffo
b - A soft distortion,  2008 © Gehard Demetz, wood, 162 x 31,5 x 28 cm, detail,  Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano Photo by Luca Reffo
c - A light distortion,  2008 © Gehard Demetz, wood, 50,5 x 11,5 x 11,5 cm,  Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano Photo by Luca Reffo
d - Just one step behind,  2007, © Gehard Demetz, wood, 160 x 40 x 40 cm, detail, Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano Photo by Egon Dejori
e - Married to myself,  2008, © Gehard Demetz, wood, 175 x 44 x 312 cm, Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano Photo by Egon Dejori
f - Everything he lied was true, 2006 © Gehard Demetz, wood, 166 x 37,5 x 50 cm,  Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano Photo by Egon Dejori
g - You have stolen my silence, 2006, © Gehard Demetz, wood, 167,5x55x38 cm, Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano Photo by Egon Dejori
h (in the center) - For my fathers,  2009 © Gehard Demetz, wood, 175 x 50 x 37 cm,  Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano Photo by Egon Dejori

 

Everything he lied was true, 2006 © Gehard Demetz
wood, 166 x 37,5 x 50 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

The mouth full of stars, 2006, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 166 x 50 x 40 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

Married to myself,  2008, © Gehard Demetz
wood, 175 x 44 x 312 cm
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Egon Dejori

© Gehard Demetz, detail
Courtesy Galleria Rubin, Milano
Photo by Luca Reffo

Gehard Demetz bares it all to Yatzer // 13 February 2010

click on the following image to read the exclusive interview @ Yatzer

sources:

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  • friend
    victor v. | 2009-10-01 17:21:26

    brilliant & powerful work

  • friend
    Filip | 2009-10-01 18:20:44

    amazing:)

  • friend
    Kristina | 2009-10-01 21:59:54

    This is really superb and wicked at the same time. Absolutely memorable!

  • friend
    BPM | 2009-10-02 04:17:43

    Awesome. Awesome. Awesome

  • friend
    Laurence | 2009-10-02 10:42:01

    OMG photoshop. Times ten. And they added semi-legit professional souding commentary. Just to put a hoax together of this magnitude is commendable. Photoshop skills are weak though. Work on that.

  • friend
    Daniel Loves Objects | 2009-10-02 18:59:56

    His works are incredibly bizarre, stunning, controversial and beautiful to those who appreciate it. Setting frontiers and being differently delicious is an essential catalyst to be the leader in this industry. Well done, I love it!

  • friend
    Eduardo Baroni | 2009-10-02 21:07:39

    Sick, cruel and amazely beautiful. Fantastic.

  • friend
    royal creme | 2009-10-03 00:52:27

    Beautiful and dark...my favorite.

  • friend
    jeff kitson | 2009-10-05 21:34:14

    Amazing work. the breaks in the wood are perfect for the feeling presented by the work.

  • friend
    eda clare | 2009-10-05 21:40:35

    these sculptures speak so loudly about the sexualization, labor and controlling of children, who we should be learning from

  • friend
    jim | 2009-10-06 21:42:17

    Very touching and very dark. He seems to have the special touch of working with the subject without enjoying it or endorsing it at all. On the contrary he speaks on behalf of the children. Appropriately, this type of work is never mistaken for obscenity even though it's general description verges on the same. This work is interesting and even better: valuable to society.

  • friend
    Justine | 2009-10-08 17:40:54

    I think it shows that we were all children. It's kind of dark in a way when you look at the children who look like adolf hitler and the little girl looks inappropriate in those shiny black boots and that pose. When you think about it, in elementary we always talk about what we want to do when we grow up. This is almost the same concept except its this is what you're going to be when you grow up.

  • friend
    Justine | 2009-10-08 17:41:01

    I think it shows that we were all children. It's kind of dark in a way when you look at the children who look like adolf hitler and the little girl looks inappropriate in those shiny black boots and that pose. When you think about it, in elementary we always talk about what we want to do when we grow up. This is almost the same concept except its this is what you're going to be when you grow up.

  • friend
    St. John Price | 2009-10-08 18:02:04

    Delightfully creepy!

  • friend
    eda clare | 2009-10-08 18:13:28

    I retract my last comment, because now that I re-think the situation I realize that there is nothing in these photos remarking about sexuality or sexual abuse whatsoever. It was ignorant of me to focus on these simplistic meanings and not even speak of the dark humour being expressed. These are beautiful works of art.

  • friend
    MattH | 2009-10-08 23:58:26

    Incredible intensity, depth and provocation of feeling. Magnificent!

  • friend
    LordMettle | 2009-10-09 11:10:02

    Delicious. The voids, no doubt, are to show that there are not actual children inside. I'm relieved to see them.

  • friend
    jonathon | 2009-10-10 00:34:52

    holy butts, this is some creepy ass business

  • friend
    bud | 2009-10-10 06:13:44

    "The voids, no doubt, are to show that there are not actual children inside." Thats a very weird comment. Children with "voids" are not NOT children. They are children with voids. Work with it.

  • friend
    David | 2009-10-10 17:38:27

    Very skilled,and prolific ,but with the same theme.

  • friend
    gandra99 | 2009-10-11 02:34:33

    3d scanner+3d CNC

  • friend
    RC8e | 2009-10-17 19:14:53

    These are truly haunting images. I'm guessing Demetz had a less than idyllic childhood.

  • friend
    Samah | 2009-10-25 13:52:29

    Sad and so beautiful!!

  • friend
    Maria Corral | 2009-11-20 00:30:21

    Amazing indeed...

  • friend
    Sofia Calabria | 2009-12-04 01:21:18

    Terrifying, and amasing! Serilously. And it's soo well done that their faces seem made of marble. Amasing, that's all I can say.

  • friend
    arsonizta | 2009-12-31 12:04:17

    all these are totally amazing

  • friend
    salvation | 2010-01-05 14:59:23

    They look like real, i saw them and believed that now, right this moment one of them screamed, another just talk or cry... Unbelievable plasticity and communicability of feelings.

  • friend
    Trevor | 2010-01-15 18:53:06

    these sculptures are unbelievable. the left me breathless. the raw emotion conveyed by the figures is striking.

  • friend
    Stephanie | 2010-02-02 20:27:21

    Kinda creepy...

  • friend
    Janeholio | 2010-02-07 08:37:06

    an expression of the missing links that speaks to the soul and exhibits the pure innocence of the objects be that the person or the tools so binding them to the spaces they find unfullfilled...

  • friend
    mandy | 2010-02-10 05:50:07

    Full of sorrow but with bits of humors. Such talent.

  • friend
    Lucia | 2010-02-15 14:59:37

    interesting work with wood. I have never seen it before :-)

  • friend
    Mr Plumber | 2010-03-30 17:01:31

    Absolutly stunning, great stuff Plumber in Rochdale - Mr Plumber

  • friend
    Benjamin Ordaz | 2010-11-05 18:19:41

    WOW!!! absolutely incredible!! i wander what kind of wood is that?? & why all of the children are so sad & depress?? but great work !!!

  • friend
    SONIA PARIZZI | 2010-12-11 14:29:20

    SPEECHLESS: Your sculptures tell EVERYTHING, touching DEEPLY OUR SOULS! They are BEAUTIFUL as you....you look HAPPIER....TKS DEMETZ! SENZA PAROLE Le tue sculture raccontare tutto toccando PROFONDAMENTE LE NOSTRE ANIME! Sono belle come te ....ma voi sembra felice! Grazie mille DEMETZ

  • friend
    Trevor Brown | 2011-02-28 18:35:33

    Those are absolutely incredible sculptures of children. I love the juxtaposition of the rough, unfinished edges and the smooth, detailed faces and expressions. They really provoke an emotional reaction.

  • friend
    Shane Durnford | 2011-03-03 17:51:15

    words can't enter the realm of expression and skill brought to this medium. haunting and stunningly beautiful.

  • friend
    ana | 2011-03-05 01:00:46

    an original idea and a perfect expression

  • friend
    pia | 2011-03-25 19:51:29

    i love your work !! you have an amazing talent, i wish some day i can do something like that, i admire you!!! sorry for the spell hope you continue doing so beatefull work!!!

  • friend
    Gus | 2011-03-26 02:44:33

    being human is depressing, think about it. Especially for children that see and experience more than they should. Awesome art.

  • friend
    ASif | 2011-09-24 11:41:08

    Amazing work. Love it.

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