Ernst Gamperl turned wood sculptures within Spazio Nobile – Season XXV – Interlude, Group Show, 2023. Tapestries on the left by Jacqueline Surdell, Mist of Lavender, 2022 with Quentin Vuong, Mercure Mirror, 2023 and on the right by Vera Vermeersch, l gioco dell’ombra e del sole, 2022 with Jesper Eriksson, Fossilized stool. On the window, Garnier & Linker, Diatomée, Sculpture Vases in molten glass, ed. 20 in 20 colors for Spazio Nobile. Photo by Margaux Nieto
German artist Ernst Gamperl creates large-scale wooden vessels, expertly crafting the material to reveal and express natural details and textures. In this careful and considered process, knots, bulges, splits, indentations, and scars are elevated, shown to be integral parts of the material’s history and lifespan. Never imposing his own will upon the wood, Gamperl instead works with the material to demonstrate the innate beauty in its flaws.
Photo Bernhard Spöttel
I try to make this visible and intuitively tangible, using very simple means – with just a lathe and a piece of fresh wood. I let the material guide me and I read it with every move – from an early stage like the pre-cutting by chainsaw or the first cut at the lathe.
It is as though my hands were one with the wood. It is an ongoing dialogue which continues throughout the creative process, from the initial cutting stage at the tree right up to the finished, fully formed object.”
Spazio Nobile At Home, Inner Landscapes, Tervuren, 2021. Gamperl’s sculptures are displayed in the veranda of the 1900s villa. Photo Margaux Nieto