Art in corona times 36. Diet Sayler & Ewerdt Hilgemann, Disruption as Part of the Deal; PARTS project, The Hague

Diet Sayler

During the heyday of Modernism, geometry was thought to be a means to keep too much individual emotion out of art.

Diet Sayler
Diet Sayler
Diet Sayler

Basic geometry was seen as having enough potential of its own to convey a strong aesthetic statement.

Diet Sayler
Diet Sayler

However, the self was constantly itching under the artist’s skins.

Ewerdt Hilgemann
Ewerdt Hilgemann

Artists like painter Diet Sayler (1939) and sculptor Ewerdt Hilgemann (1938) – both presently showing their work at PARTS project – broke with the un-individual idea of geometric, concrete art.

Ewerdt Hilgemann
Ewerdt Hilgemann
Diet Sayler

Sayler allowed colour back into his works (and not just a little), while using so-called basic elements for the shapes in his compositions, configuring them with the help of coincidence.

Diet Sayler
Ewerdt Hilgemann

As such his works have become both quasi-objective and almost lyrical with their intense colours.

Ewerdt Hilgemann
Ewerdt Hilgemann

Hilgemann saw the potential of imploding a perfect three-dimensional shape into a crumpled character.

Front: Ewerdt Hilgemann; back: Diet Sayler
Ewerdt Hilgemann

Both artists have since then attained an individual craftsmanship based on experience and intuition.

Diet Sayler
Ewerdt Hilgemann
Ewerdt Hilgemann

Personally, i’d say they brought brilliance to their work by letting the colours and the reflections shine invitingly, a brilliance much needed in this sombre autumn.

Ewerdt Hilgemann

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Diet Sayler, Ewerdt Hilgemann and PARTS project, Den Haag.

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