Thomas Röthel - Drehung breit, 2017
Steel on stone plinth
48 x 19 x 29 cm
In Thomas Röthels work the contrasting elements of weightlessness and heaviness are prevalent in all his pieces. The hard steel becomes an almost fragile and precious material under the intervention of this artist, as seen in this piece "Drehung breit".
His works are manifestations of a playful but precise artistic altercation with the material. In his different series of works he developed a language to debate and negate the inherent qualities of steel, it's weight, hardness and durability. In his rotation pieces (= "Drehungen") massive steel plates are cut on different points and then the plate is rotated around it's own axis. This way the iconic middle part of the sculpture is created where the steel strips are twisted and intertwined. In the upper and lower part of the sculpture the original steel plate is still distinguishable.
Steel is workable under very high temperatures and the right equipment. Röthel works mainly with weather-resistant construction steel (WT-Steel) that is alloyed with very little additional chrome and copper. Through oxidation the surface becomes porous and discolorated by rust. The red brown hue and surface quality bestow his pieces with a particular and unique aesthetic.
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