Trak Wendisch

(Germany) *1958 in Berlin

Wendisch works in painting, drawing and sculpture. Most of his works have a dramatic effect and portray human ambivalence in all its variations. At first sight they resemble African tribal art, but they are more expressive and far-reaching. Singular figures blend into groups that determine the overall picture. Shapes are depicted in grotesque contortions of tension and ecstasy, as if performing imaginary ritual acts. Michael Freitag remarks: “Wendisch’s figures are not statues in the original sense of the word. They are materializations escaped from drawings …” They seem to extend symbolically from their respective skins reflecting the grotesquerie of a painful human condition. The coarse carving gives them additional expressiveness and urgency.