14 May to 17 September 2023
The sculptor Camill Leberer is a paradigm shifter whose work broadly recalls painting and yet, in its various casts, is always the result of reflections on the way light and space are perceived.
What distinguishes his work is his principle use of elementary, constructive design methods, without however working every permutation through to the end. Instead, Leberer combines rational methodology with gestural, painterly and light-reflecting means to create the dynamic visual systems that make his work so unmistakable. As a result, his sculptures, paintings and wall pieces in metal, glass and paint create a wonderfully ambivalent effect: they appear simultaneously rational yet improvised, balanced yet expressive, material yet immaterial, and unapproachable yet sensual and atmospheric. And viewers also receive a central role here: they are encouraged to move in front of these works, to walk around and finally to immerse themselves in an “imaginary action space” (Camill Leberer).
Camill Leberer has for many years been represented by the Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection, which includes a number of his works. The exhibition, which is the result of close collaboration with the artist, places special emphasis on works that underline the geometric, rational aspect of his practice. A cubic “housing” made of glass, the shape of the square in his metal pictures, and a serial presentation of coloured sheets of sandpaper are all examples of this. The exhibition is complemented by a selection of works that present Leberer as also a draughtsman, photographer and poet.
|1953 Born in Kenzingen in Breisgau|
|1978-1984 Studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design|
|1984 Scholarship from the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg|
|1985 Prize Forum Junger Kunst, Wolfsburg|
|1987/88 Lecturer at Pforzheim University|
|1988 Scholarship from the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo|
|1991/92 Visiting professor at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design|
|2004 Travels to West Africa|
|2008 Peter Hans Hofschneider Prize of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg|
|2011 Residency at the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi|
|2022 Nomination for the Kubus art prize of the Sparda-Bank and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart|
|The artist lives and works in Stuttgart.|