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Jürgen Drescher

Berlin, Germany

Sculpture • Born in Karlsruhe, Germany • Studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

Published  06/07/2016   |   Updated  30/12/2018

“Studio Portrait”

Jürgen Drescher’s studio in Berlin is filled with objects and materials that hint in one way or the other on the absurdity of the human species’ endless need to produce, wrap, communicate, consume, and reproduce. There are empty cardboard boxes in various states of unfoldedness cast in aluminum, gigantic clouds of styrofoam, oversized drain plugs, and a wrapped condom the size of a large square panel painting. Wooden signs deliver no...

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Jürgen Drescher’s studio in Berlin is filled with objects and materials that hint in one way or the other on the absurdity of the human species’ endless need to produce, wrap, communicate, consume, and reproduce. There are empty cardboard boxes in various states of unfoldedness cast in aluminum, gigantic clouds of styrofoam, oversized drain plugs, and a wrapped condom the size of a large square panel painting. Wooden signs deliver no message and show no direction, and silvery blobs form speech bubbles without content. The materials Drescher uses are mostly cheap, industrial, even vulgar, but their surfaces rendered shiny and seductive through highly elaborated and expensive coating processes.

Departing from the specific conditions of sculpture and its material, Drescher’s realistic-conceptual examinations raise deeply ethical questions regarding mankind as a species equipped with consciousness, and its simultaneous incapability of controlling the most trivial needs in regard to the global equilibrium. Drescher intentionally employs conventional figurative means such as carving and casting techniques as an aesthetic provocation to deliver content—the formability of consciousness, the (failed) attempts to appropriate nature through art and science—and at the same time demonstrating the limitations of artistic means. This is done however not without a sense of humor. “Realistic” sculptures of endangered animals such as tuna or gorillas, or Roadrunner piercing a dust cloud—in Drescher’s sculptures, deeply felt consent for all being is paired with a brutal sense of the absurdity of our existence and alleged progress, and sometimes a sonic wall needs to be sculpted to soften the outcry.

Eva Scharrer


All photographs © Gerald Imhof

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Death of a Species, 2016 | styrofoam, steel, paint | 195 × 125 × 250 cm

Death of a Species, 2016 | styrofoam, steel, paint | 195 × 125 × 250 cm

Sonic wall, 2015 | styrofoam, PU-foam, steel | 200 × 200 × 75 cm

Sonic wall, 2015 | styrofoam, PU-foam, steel | 200 × 200 × 75 cm

Ghost train, 2014 | styrofoam, PU-foam | each 300 × 120 x 80 cm

Ghost train, 2014 | styrofoam, PU-foam | each 300 × 120 x 80 cm

Condom, 2015 | styrofoam, PU-coating, varnish | 160 × 160 × 25 cm

Condom, 2015 | styrofoam, PU-coating, varnish | 160 × 160 × 25 cm

Fish, 2015 | styrofoam, epoxy resin, varnish | 40 × 98 × 33 cm

Fish, 2015 | styrofoam, epoxy resin, varnish | 40 × 98 × 33 cm

White box, 1990 | plaster, wood, varnish | 280 × 140 × 100 cm

White box, 1990 | plaster, wood, varnish | 280 × 140 × 100 cm

It will be like it was, 2012 | styrofoam, epoxy filler / mixed media | each 185 × 165 × 50 cm / dimensions variable

It will be like it was, 2012 | styrofoam, epoxy filler / mixed media | each 185 × 165 × 50 cm / dimensions variable

Bench, 2006 | MDF, wood, steel |170 × 400 × 150 cm

Bench, 2006 | MDF, wood, steel |170 × 400 × 150 cm

Strapped box, 2015 | aluminum sandcasting, gold-plated, 24 ct | 70 × 50 × 42 cm

Strapped box, 2015 | aluminum sandcasting, gold-plated, 24 ct | 70 × 50 × 42 cm

Stoned, 2015 | styrofoam, epoxy resin, clear coating | 100 × 100 × 29 cm

Stoned, 2015 | styrofoam, epoxy resin, clear coating | 100 × 100 × 29 cm

Plug, 2015 | styrodur, epoxy resin, PU-rubber, chrome-plated copper | 99 × 99 × 40 cm

Plug, 2015 | styrodur, epoxy resin, PU-rubber, chrome-plated copper | 99 × 99 × 40 cm

Sign, 2015/16 | wood, steel, paint | 202 × 110 × 42 cm

Sign, 2015/16 | wood, steel, paint | 202 × 110 × 42 cm

Gorilla, 2008 | plaster, wood |125 × 125 × 103 cm

Gorilla, 2008 | plaster, wood |125 × 125 × 103 cm

Monk, 2016

Camera: Johannes Kretzschmar
Art: Heike Bollig

Cook, 2016

Camera: Johannes Kretzschmar
Ceramics: Monika Drescher-Linke

Cook one tablespoon of mixed pumpkinseeds, sunflowerseeds and linseed, oatmeal, raisins, millet, amaranth and quinoa and a pinch of sea salt in 200 ml water. Leave it simmering on the lowest heat for 10 minutes, while drinking gunpowder green tea. After turning the heat off, let it soak for 20 more minutes, while doing your workouts, finally add ginger, fruits and cinnamon.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2018

KILL GRILL, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich

2013

dig it, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

Funklöcher, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich

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GROUP

2018

I dreamed I was leaving on a trip but I forgot my money, mit Reinhard Mucha, Sammlung Kasper König, Thomas Fischer, Berlin

Deutschland ist keine Insel, Sammlung Zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Ankäufe von 2012 bis 2016, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Kat.

2016

House of Cardboards, Van Horn, Dusseldorf

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GALLERIES

Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich

PUBLICATIONS

Jürgen Drescher, 2016, available through Büro für Film und Gestaltung, koch_andreas@gmx.de


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