Ottmar Hörl:
Sculpture "Sponti Dwarf", Version Bronzed


Ottmar Hörl:
Sculpture "Sponti Dwarf", Version Bronzed

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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 199 copies | Numbered | Signed | Metal casting bronzed | Format 7 x 15 x 5 cm (W/H/D) | Weight 1.3 kg

Ottmar Hörl: Sculpture "Sponti Dwarf", Version Bronzed

Dwarves enjoy special affection. They have received an international attention and recognition of the concept and action artist Ottmar Horl. With his spectacular large installations in public space the Professor and President of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg followed the goal to accelerate the dialogue and confrontation between art and nature.

So he presented thousand blue "Sponti Dwarfs" in Seligenstadt in 1994 on the occasion of his installation "Flying Change" - also known as garden gnomes with the middle finger. People were glad when they actually were taken away from the streets. Ottmar Horl doesn't respect the change of ownership, but perceives the execution of a shift from public to private ownership as a position change in the spirit of a "flying change". The gesture of raising the middle finger didn’t appear in the modern era. It was known already in ancient Rome.

ars mundi issued the "Sponti Dwarf" as a numbered and signed edition of 199 copies. Three variants in metal casting, either gold-plated or silver-gilt or bronzed. Format of each 7 x 15 x 5 cm (W/H/D).

"Sponti Dwarf", bronzed version. Weight ca. 1.3 kg.

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Ottmar Hoerl (born 1950) is one of the most important contemporary artists in Germany.

His sculptural works deal with the topic of normalization, the equalization of everyday objects that surround us in huge amounts in our everyday lives. But he does it in an exceedingly humorous way, and his "exhibitions" are like spectacles when he "carries" a huge swarm of owls to Athens, sets up hundreds of bears in front of the Brandenburg Gate or shows 1,000 meerkats on a "company outing" - all of them squeaky-colorful plastic.

"Focused on a place or distributed in the urban space, my installations turn into visual and tangible obstacles to make you think, make a moment of a break."

His most famous action was dedicated to the artist Duerer and his world-famous rabbit watercolor. The main market in Nuremberg during the "Big Hare Game" in 2003 was filled with no less than 7,000 rabbits filled. Ottmar Hoerl studied from 1975 to 1979 at the Academy of Visual Arts Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main, from 1981 at the University of Art and Design in Duesseldorf with Klaus Rinke as a professor. In 1985 he founded the group "Formal Skin" with the architects Gabriela Seifert and Goetz G. Stoeckmann. At the beginning of the 1990s, Hoerl was visiting a professor at the Graz University of Technology. Since 1999 he holds a professorship for fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, from October 2005 to October 2017 he was president of the academy.

Hoerl's work focuses on the aesthetics of everyday culture. He defines the concept of sculpture "as an organizational principle" and discovers this principle in its environment, in which many objects of everyday use are standardized and standardized.

His works can be found in many national and international collections. Ottmar Hoerl lives and works in Nuremberg and Wertheim.

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.