Ottmar Hörl:
"Pug" (2008), unsigned version


Ottmar Hörl:
"Pug" (2008), unsigned version

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Plastic | golden color | Format 42 x 28 x 38 cm | weatherproof

Ottmar Hörl: "Pug" (2008), unsigned version

The pug is the living attempt, the idea of an art work. It is the image of eccentricity, of a character of form of life which, directly connected to the word "dog" leads to a reduction ad absurdum. It is a state, an artistic project, an attempt. As life companion, the pug is related, among others, to Heinrich Heine, the English Queen Victoria, Andy Warhol, Jackie Kennedy, Paula Abdul, Napoleon, Loriot, Rilke or Valentino.

This art object is made in Germany of weatherproof, shockproof and non-toxic plastic by rotation process All components are of German origin and subjected to constant quality control. Plastic sculpture, golden color. Format 42 x 28 x 38 cm. Unlimited edition, unsigned.

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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.

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