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I Can't Stop

Opening Reception: 4/20 (Fri.) 6 ~ 8pm

I Can't Stop, 2007, 35 x 35 x 2", Oil on canvas


TENRI CULTURAL INSTITUTE proudly presents BODO KORSIG: I Can’t Stop from April 19th through May 9th, 2007 with an opening reception on Friday April 20th, 2007 from 6-8 PM. This show which is curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos will be accompanied by Jonathan Goodman reading his poetry at 7 PM.

Vaguely suggestive of natural motifs Bodo Korsig’s forms peregrinate, advance, recede, spread, shift, migrate, flow, or change gears but are always developing. In the constant growth and movement of his forms there is definitely a reference to the show’s title I Can’t Stop that in itself causes nebulous shifting readings both according to his works’ physical and conceptual contexts. Whether creating woodcuts, linocuts, oils on canvas or relief sculptures Korsig’s identifiable hand is a constant presence in that he allows the small organic uneven areas to become part of the work rather than erasing them in an effort to produce perfection.

Korsig’s artistic virtuosity distinguishes itself both through his working process and the artist’s monumental conceptual framework. Such works as I Can’t Stop, 2007 (oil on canvas, 35x35”) is a triptych containing motifs that can be read in variable ways such as DNA sequences, poppy pods, worms, blood corpuscles, or as other organic forms that because of their uneven construction look hand made. When observing such shapes the viewer begins to question his personal reading because of the lacking similarity to any specific existing forms. However, simultaneously with the reader’s rising frustration at the confounding of his reading, there comes an increasing interest all because of it.

Korsig’s monumental forms are situated very low on the gallery’s walls to interact with the viewer who finds the artist’s familiar but puzzling forms compelling. His sculptures are always black in shade whether he’s made them in wood, metal or clay, causing a play between positive/negative, void/solid, and linear painterly. So that he maintains the tension within his forms and his backgrounds causing a push/pull relationship.

Korsig has enjoyed upward of 40 international solo exhibitions and a much larger number of group shows as well as having been chosen for such prestigious artist residencies as Art Omi, and the International Studio Program both located in New York. He has won the 4th Grand Prize at the International Triennale in Prague as well as holding many other globally recognized prizes. Korsig is a master printmaker and sculptor/painter but also works with the artist book medium. He maintains studios both in Trier, Germany and New York City.

(Right) Metamorphoses, 2003, 16 x 16 x 1.5", Acrylic on wood (Left) Life begins in every second, 2003, 154 x 37 x 2.5", Woodcut on paper, Collection Pompei A.D.

(Right) Life stops in every second, 2003, 154 x 37x 2.5", Woodcut on paper, Collection Pompei A.D. (Left) Hidden Mind, 2005, 10 x 9 x 1", Oil on wood



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