Emanuel is an Austrian artist whose first encounters with art as he says, was when he was part of a punk band in his youth. His grandfather bought him a camera when he was 18 with which ignited his interest in photography. He then went on to study photography and sculpting. Never short for new ideas he finds inspiration in every day objects rebuilding them and reducing them to their very essence.
My Name is Emanuel Ehgartner and I was born and raised in a very small village in upper Austria. I never had anything to do with art, unless you count being in a punk band as a kind of art. When I was about 18 years old, my grandfather gave me a very old analog camera – a Zeiss IKON. I started taking photographs and after graduating school I wanted to study photography in Vienna. I applied with nothing better than vacation pictures and close-ups from plants so it actually took me four times applying to finally get into the photography department. I always make this joke that the people at the university didn´t want to see me a fifth time applying ;)
After the first years of my studies I realized very quickly that I needed to overcome traditional photography and decided to join the sculpture class for a semester. I started experimenting with analog film and photo paper and turned it into wall sculptures and installations. In 2012 I was on a residence in Rotterdam with fellow students and started to work with „classic“ sculptural material such as timber, steel, fabric and concrete. By that time I was very influenced by Carl Andre – and you definitely see it in my works that time.
"Simple things can be more interesting and fulfilling than you think!"
In 2014 I graduated for the university with a diploma show on the topic functionality and aestethics. So I basically got interested in everyday objects but not so much in a „duchamp way“ using readymades. More in the sense that I examine objects from an industrial or architectural context for their sculptural qualities.
This has become my main interests since the last 6 years and I am far away from running out out ideas. I am inspired by so many things in our everyday lives. I find a structure in the urban space or while traveling with the train and try to take a picture as a sketch. In my studio I try to rebuild these structures (preferred material is steel), but reducing it to its very essence. So the outcome is a minimal sculpture or wall object which should raise questions like What distinguishes a sculpture from an everyday object?, Where is the threshold?, How can we re-think the urban space and the objects we find in it? Why do you pick the banana and not the apple?
Website: Emanuel Ehgartner
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