Abraham David
Christian

Abraham David
Christian

Abraham David
Christian

Abraham David
Christian

Abraham David
Christian

The presence of Abraham David Christian’s sculptures is immediate. They stand before the viewer with striking self-evidence. They are straightforward, eschewing any artistic signature in the conventional sense. Their forms are memorable. Nonetheless, or precisely for this reason, it is difficult to approach them through language, let alone to take hold of them.


Text: Dr. Roland Mönig, director von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal

The presence of Abraham David Christian’s sculptures is immediate. They stand before the viewer with striking self-evidence. They are straightforward, eschewing any artistic signature in the conventional sense. Their forms are memorable. Nonetheless, or precisely for this reason, it is difficult to approach them through language, let alone to take hold of them.


Texte: Dr. Roland Mönig – Leiter des Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal.

CHRI_S_109.001.L

Iron sculpture, 2020
Iron
Hight: 53,5 cm
Diameter: 13,9 cm

CHRI_S_113.001.L

Iron sculpture, 2020
Iron
Hight: 53,5 cm
Diameter: 13,9 cm

CHRI_S_108.001.L

Iron sculpture, 2020
Iron
Hight: 55 cm
Diameter: 16,1 cm

Abraham David Christian, Untitled, Iron, 2020, each 32.5 x 15.2 cm

Iron sculptures, 2020
Iron
Height each: 32,5 cm
Diameter each: 15.2 cm

It should be emphasized that, for Abraham David Christian, questions of technique are always secondary. Although he makes the properties of each material work for his purpose, he isn’t among the many artists who, since the early days of Modernism, have defined their forms by the material at hand. For him, form defines itself through the mind. Furthermore, when describing the evolution of his practice, the idea of linear “progress” should be avoided at all costs; Abraham David Christian’s work is deliberately circular, with the artist returning to the same issues again and again.

The new group of iron sculptures shown in this exhibition comprises nine works in total, all of which are “Untitled” and executed in 2020.

It should be emphasized that, for Abraham David Christian, questions of technique are always secondary. Although he makes the properties of each material work for his purpose, he isn’t among the many artists who, since the early days of Modernism, have defined their forms by the material at hand. For him, form defines itself through the mind. Furthermore, when describing the evolution of his practice, the idea of linear “progress” should be avoided at all costs; Abraham David Christian’s work is deliberately circular, with the artist returning to the same issues again and again.

The new group of iron sculptures shown in this exhibition comprises nine works in total, all of which are “Untitled” and executed in 2020.

Six of them measure between 52.5 cm and 56.5 cm in height, one almost 40 cm, and two form a pair. All works were produced in a specialized workshop in the Netherlands. They weigh between 40 and 70 kg each, owing to the fact they were lathed from solid iron cylinders—a demanding process that takes around a year to be completed. Each sculpture works as a standalone piece. Traces of the protracted lathing process can be seen or felt with a stroke of the hand along the surface: fine horizontal ridges testify to the forces and time that have acted upon the iron. Even without trying to lift or move one of these sculptures, the tremendous weight of the material is tangible.

Six of them measure between 52.5 cm and 56.5 cm in height, one almost 40 cm, and two form a pair. All works were produced in a specialized workshop in the Netherlands. They weigh between 40 and 70 kg each, owing to the fact they were lathed from solid iron cylinders—a demanding process that takes around a year to be completed. Each sculpture works as a standalone piece. Traces of the protracted lathing process can be seen or felt with a stroke of the hand along the surface: fine horizontal ridges testify to the forces and time that have acted upon the iron. Even without trying to lift or move one of these sculptures, the tremendous weight of the material is tangible.

CHRI_S_116.001.L

Interconnected Sculpture, 2019
Bronze
120 x 95 x 65 cm
(sold)

CHRI_P_9.001.L

alle Erde III, 1982
Paintstick on paper
148 x 214 cm

CHRI_S_118.001.L

Sculpture, 1981/95
bronze, edition of 3 copies
84,7 x 19 x 20 cm

CHRI_P_49.001.L

Isshiki, 2018
Ink on handmade Japanese paper
63,5 x 82 cm

CHRI_P_52.001.L

Raschainas, 2020
Graphite on paper
33,1 x 23,6 cm

CHRI_P_57.002.L

Raschainas, 2020
Graphite on paper
33,1 x 23,6 cm

CHRI_P_51.002.L

Raschainas, 2020
Graphite on paper
33,1 x 23,6 cm

CHRI_S_117.001.L

Interconnected Sculpture, 2020
Bronze
85 x 93 x 40 cm

CHRI_S_106.004.L

Interconnected Sculpture, 1991
Bronze, gray-green patina
35 x 40 x 32 cm

CHRI_P_42.001.L

Isshiki, 2018
Ink on handmade Japanese paper
94 x 63,7 cm

CHRI_P_59.002.L

Raschainas, 2020
Graphite on paper
33,1 x 23,6 cm

CHRI_P_7.001.L

alle Erde I, 1982
Paintstik on paper
148 x 214 cm

The shapes of Abraham David Christian’s sculptures may seem simplified to the extreme and restrained in appearance. However, they don’t aim at perfection. Ultimately, they celebrate the imperfect, the unachievable. They may act as abstractions but they are concerned with the living. In so being, they resist the grasp of language.  

All works are unique

All works are unique

All works are unique

All works are unique

All works are unique

© Copyright Galerie Utermann 2020

© Copyright Galerie Utermann 2020

© Copyright Galerie Utermann 2020

Galerie Utermann, Silberstraße 22, 44137 Dortmund

Galerie Utermann, Silberstraße 22, 44137 Dortmund

Galerie Utermann, Silberstraße 22, 44137 Dortmund