"Wood is a complex material because it provides inner dynamics." The artist, Alfred Haberpointner, strikes, chops and burns, provokes the material and demands everything from it. The result are works that are, on the one hand figuraly recognizable and comprehensible, but on the other hand they can remain arrested in their abstract geometry.
Haberpointner does not wish to tell any stories or to interpret. For him the interplay of form, material, surface and sign are much more important. “This certain kind of love for wood is crucial. On the one hand it is something with which I am very strongly connected. On the other hand I try to overcome this attachment, […] to get rid of it, to push it in the background,” says the artist about his relationship to the material.
The viewer’s perception of Haberpointner’s works requires an active and constructive process. Not only is the eye excited, but also the tactile sense. The obsessive handling stimulates the material feeling, which results in a unique tactile experience. In this way the artist calls attention to the lack of experience in relation to nature, which the anonymous, all-knowing city dwellers have taken over long ago. #alfredhaberpointner #woodart #natureart