Gereon Lepper: Grenzgänger (Boarderline Walker) / Parker’s Box, New York

German artist Gereon Lepper was one of the artists taking part in the exhibition “Unidentified Living Objects…“ at Parker’s Box, New York that featured works by the artists Pierre Ardouvin, Edith Dekyndt and Gereon Lepper. In this video, we have a closer look at Lepper’s work Grenzgänger (Boarderline Walker).

The German sculptor, Gereon Lepper investigates the influence of energies on structures and form. He is interested in the potential of an overlap between technical and natural principles. In his work, the frontier between machine and animal worlds becomes confused. The artist’s “Grenzgänger” (“Borderline Walker”) is a three-legged, motorized object, attached to a central pivot with the ability to navigate an assortment of obstacles. This work is at first very mechanical, remote, and cold. But this isn’t just another curious spider made by an artist. On the contrary, if the viewer observes the inexorable and relentless progress of the “Grenzgänger”, looks at the details of its uncanny anatomy, appreciates the strength of its legs, focuses on the delicate rubber soles that bend and extend themselves in an uninterrupted movement, the whole machine morphs into a surprisingly elegant dancer, slowly twirling around the room, almost up to the ceiling. Like an astronaut exploring an uneven and perilous planet, pushing down on its ballet-shoe-space-boots, “Grenzgaenger” manifests the stubbornness, dedication and determination only known in the realm of the living… (Excerpt from the press release).

Gereon Lepper (Germany) is a graduate of the renowned Art Academy of Düsseldorf and his monumental outdoor sculptures are installed throughout Germany. His work has been exhibited in places as various as the Sydney Biennial; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Museum Fredericianum, Kassel; Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg; Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf; the Creux de l’Enfer, Centre d’art contemporain, Thiers, France; and FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Unidentified Living Objects… – Works by Ardouvin, Dekyndt and Lepper. Exhibition at Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, New York. March 6, 2010.

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