The steel sculptures by Karl Menzen present a pure simplicity, clarity and self-containment. In terms of content, this formal reduction is often opposed by a tongue-in-cheek playfulness and sense of ease. The artists’ current works uses basic geometric shapes such as the square, rectangle or circle. The balance between the visible material and the invisible mathematical and philosophical order within shows a rich variety of additional facets. The works of Menzen are conceived to be viewed from all angles and, walking around them, they surprise and delight the viewer by presenting ever-new perspectives and constellations of form. Some of Menzen’s sculptures are placed temporarily or permanently in public places and are also found in private collections. Other are displayed in parks and on designated hiking routes.
Karl Menzen lives and works in Berlin-Neukölln.
Authors: Fritz Jacobi, Ulrike Oppelt
Photographer: Ralph Hinterkeuser
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21 x 24 cm
Deutsch / English
88 pp., 89 color plates
Catalogue and edition
100 copies of this edition are numbered and signed by Karl Menzen. These include two carbon prints (each measuring 21 x 15 cm, monogrammed and dated): a folded paper artwork by Karl Menzen and a photograph by Ralph Hinterkeuser that captures the atmosphere in Menzen’s studio.