ARNOLD HOLZKNECHT

Arnold Holzknecht (born 1960 in Bressanone, lives and works in Ortisei, Italy) is a poet of form. He builds his poetic magnets through small but sophisticated variations. His expressive power is the result of a stylistic originality that makes him unique on the international art scene. This uniqueness is evoked by the union of at least three great traditions: the poetic pictorial tradition (Licini, Klee, De Maria, Penone), the American minimalist tradition (Judd, Lewit, Newman) and the local sculptural tradition. From the first he takes his relationship to matter and desire to use gesture as a poetic act, while he cites the formal rigour and retinal properties of the second and systematically employs the technicism of the third. While recognising the crossroads of different cultures represented in his work, he has his own exclusive power. He seems to have the rare ability to “bring order to history”: for instance, the optical excesses of American minimalism, grandiose and in some way vulgar, find a renewed harmony in Arnold Holzknecht, just as the improvisation of the gesture of European pictorial research is regenerated in his control. The result of all this expertise is work in perfect balance which acquires power and becomes stronger and stronger every day in the viewer’s eyes.