Internationally acclaimed artist Julian Voss-Andreae is known for his striking large-scale stainless steel sculptures that often blend the figurative sculpture with scientific insights into the nature of reality. IMPULSE GALLERY is greatly honored to bring three of Voss-Andreae's sculptures for the first time to Lucerne, Switzerland. Two of the sculptures, Sentinel of Light and Sitting Man, are exhibited at the world renowned Bürgenstock Resort, 874 meters above Lake Lucerne. The third sculpture Kundalini is exhibited at Impulse Gallery, in the heart of Lucerne. The installations will last full year and are free of admission. Visit the sculptures in real life or scrole down to explore more virtually.
Voss-Andreae's work has been featured in print and broadcast media worldwide and video clips featuring his sculptures have gone viral with several millions of views. Institutional commissions include multiple large-scale outdoor monuments, including for The Scripps Research Institute, Rutgers University, the University of Minnesota, Texas Tech University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as numerous public works for private developments and international commissions. Voss-Andreae recently won the prestigious CodaWorx award for public sculpture.
sculptures on the edge of reality
« it is that light, of which we all carry a spark in us, that I am focused on »
Voss-Andreae aims to convey a deeper understanding of the nature of reality. His pieces are able to do so without the viewer needing to have any prior knowledge of natural sciences. The sculpture’s unique signature is that at first glance they seem abstract, however, they actually depict accurate aspects of reality’s lowest level. He aspires to increase the audience’s capacity to ’intuit the unfathomable, deeper nature of reality by sensually experiencing the works as Voss-Andreae states « Art, when free from the demands of literalism, has a unique potential for indicating aspects of reality that science cannot. »
As human beings, we are constantly engaged with our environment and are thereby co-creators of our reality. This interaction is beautifully captured in Voss-Andreae’s works as the viewer is actively changing the sculpture's appearance in reality through a change of perspective, which provides an embodied experience of an otherwise abstract scientific and spiritual concept.
SITTING MANStainless steel, 106 x 84 x 62 cm
Sitting Man -located at The Bürgenstock’s Resort - embodies calmness and openness with his wide chest and open-hearted position. The symbol of light is what connects both sculptures. On one hand, The Sentinel of Light represents a protector of outer light: the sun, moon and stars. On the other hand, Sitting Man represents the inner light - working on oneself to allow more inner light to shine through. Both sculptures stand for people living ’heart-first’ - lives full of compassion, gratitude, and equanimity.
The Bürgenstock Resort - Promenade
6363 Obbürgen, Switzerland
KUNDALINIStainless Steel, 198 x 40 x 34 cm
Kundalini (as the title describes), associates itself to the etheric force manifested by humans and embodied by the female form - “the Divine Feminine” - referring to the spiritual concept described as the feminine counterpart to the patriarchal and masculine worship structures, including the seven chakra ( represented in the sculpture by the magenta amethysts). This mineral contributes to balancing the human energetic centers and encapsulates inner light; increasing spiritual enlightenment. Located at the gallery space at the heart of Switzerland, she thus directs her gaze towards the sentinel of light, creating an imaginary connection (airline nearly 8000 meter) to each other.
IMPULSE GALLERY - Lucerne
Haldenstrasse 19, 6006 Lucerne
HOW DOES THE ARTIST WORKBEHIIND THE SCENES WITH VOSS-ANDREA
In quantum physics, the famous double-slit experiment shows that light and matter can act as both a wave and a particle, depending on how it is measured. Voss-Andreae did his graduate research whilst participating in a seminal experiment in Foundational Quantum Physics at one of the world’s most prestigious physics research labs at the University of Vienna, Austria. For his graduate thesis, Voss-Andreae showed that evenlarge portions of matter, namelyC-60 molecules (also known as Buckyballs) show the same wave-particle duality. This inspired him to think about what it would be like for increasingly large objects to go through a double slit: it did not take long until he imagined putting a human being through the double slit. What would it feel like to experience a flight through space as a delocalized wave package in a ghostly superposition with oneself? The answer to this question can be experienced in Voss-Andreae’s artworks and lies in the eye of the beholder.
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