Gehard Demetz, *Bolzano, 1972
lives and works in Val Gardena
Lindenwood, 177 x 58 x 55 cm
Selected Exhibitions Introjection, MACRO, Rome, 2017; Turn the Page, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, 2017; Im Dialog, Dominikanermuseum in Rottweil-Württembergischen Landesmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany, 2014; The Invocation, Jack Shainman Galery, NY, 2014; Contenitore, Beck&Eggeling, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2011.
Gehard Demetz’s life-size limewood sculpture of a child has large stylised blood red and gold wounds on its face and all over its body. Demetz usually represents children or young people who, in all their fragility, are also aggressive towards the viewer. Their attitude, their faces and their bodies are offensive, and they openly flaunt their wounds without hiding from our gaze. These marks, which evoke the iconography of representations of Jesus, are a symbol of the painful passage from childhood to adulthood.