Hans Rabanser:
Sculpture "Laying Act", version in bronze

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Ars Mundi exclusive edition | limited, 299 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Edition in bronze | Patinated | Polished | Format: 37 x 10 x 9 cm (W/H/D) | Weight ca. 3.5 kg

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Hans Rabanser: Sculpture "Laying Act", version in bronze

Hans Rabanser is a wood sculptor and, as such, he is in a very close relationship to his "material": how are his sculptures shaped, their movements and their positions are related not least to the structure and characteristics of the piece of wood laying before him. For the first time, one of his wood objects appears in valuable bronze, a totally new artistic experience for him.

Edition in fine bronze. Hand-cast using the lost wax technique, hand-patinated and polished. Limited series of 299 exemplars, serially numbered and signed. Format: 37 x 10 x 9 cm (W/H/D). Weight ca. 3.5 kg. Exclusively at ars mundi.

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Portrait of the artist Hans RabanserHans National Winner, born in 1948 in South Tyrol Val Gardena - South Tyrol, turned after a 30-year career as a photographer of woodcarving. He works as a freelance artist, his work has been in exhibitions from Munich via Cologne to the Kenyan Malindi.

Rabanser works primarily in the great outdoors, he finds the inspiration and peace for his sculptures. "My sculptures are created spontaneously - depending on how the tree is grown and shaped ", says Hans Rabanser. The result will be a unique shape, a sensory experience to make his sculptures. From around tree trunks carved Rabanser breath-taking torsos. Intensive he edited the material, up from the hard wood a fine surface. The grain of the wood, as well as the original bark received in some sculptures give each Torso something quite special. Rabanser sees his works explicitly as a "Seduction" of the beholder - and more than that, he urges him, to feel the smooth forms with the fingertips. So will a "sensual" experience in multiple sense from them that beauty is not only a matter of the eye.

An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.

Bronze casting:

When casting bronze, artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

Sculpture "The Book Reader" by Ernst Barlachs is shown here as an example:

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture 'The book reader'

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 1

First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber composition. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured in the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax casting is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, and the wax flows out (lost mould).

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 2Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400 ° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture comes to light.

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 3Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work

For lower-grade bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of more complex lost wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.

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Sand casting

Graphic or sculpture edition that was initiated by ars mundi and is available only at ars mundi or at distribution partner licensed by ars mundi.

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.

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