Cornelia Konrads

Konrads is a German sculptor whom specialises in site-specific installations and objects. She has produced both permanent and temporary works for public spaces and sculputrue parks across Germany, the Netherlands, France, the USA and Australia, to name a few.

Konrads' work reminds me strongly of the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Both artists practice sculpture and apply this mainly to site-specific and land art work. Although the aesthertic between the two artists is likely to have some similarities, due to the nature of their work mainly being in rustic and found natrual materias, Konrads has in some ways, revolutionised Goldsworthy's style. In the examples shown below and to the left, I can see that her interpretation of a popluiar style of working definatley sets her apart from the crowd. 

Unlike most land artists, Konrad's work has a heavy basis in expressing a "weightlessness" feel. Below we see a constructed stone wall that seems to be deconstructing infront of our eyes. The stones from the middle of the wall appear to be slowly rising from the structure, as though they are defying gravity or have been frozen in the moment after a small explosion. To the left, in Konrads' piece "Pile of whishes" the process the artist uses to create the effect mentioned above becomes cleaer. It seems as though very thin but stong transparent fibres are used to suspend parts of the sculpture from its usually percieved "normal" form (of a simple pile of stones)

I feel that these works illustrate and explain gravity in an exiting and interesting way. It seems that I could get bogged-down with information, facts, figures, diagrams and pghysics that all explain how gravity works, when in actual fact we all have a reasonably good understanding of how gravity effects us individually. We all undertand that if something goes up, it's very likely to come back down fro example. This basic understanding of gravity is what is shown in Konrads' work - when we as an audience see these works, i believe it's clear that almost instantly we would understand that the concept of gtravity (or more so anti-gravity) is being illustrated. This in turn prompts the viewer to then refelct upon their own knowlwdge of gravity, and in some ways, realise that they know alot about it already, and maybed that is all that is needed.

http://www.cokonrads.de/vita/vita.html

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/04/gravity-defying-land-art-by-cornelia-konrads/

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