The dream of flying becomes a reality in Rainer Lagemann’s work. His sculptures reveal the unique beauty of the human body. He artfully welds delicate metal squares into graceful figures that appear to float, almost weightless, in dance-like movements. Through gaps of different sizes left between the squares, he lends the pieces a remarkable lightness. Lagemann moved to the United States in 1988; after his studies in Design and Interior Architecture, Germany felt too restrictive to him.
“I use metal squares to sculpt the human form, creating works that elicit both the strength and delicacy of the body,” explains Lagemann. By daylight, his sculptures appear as if put together from pulled-apart strands of DNA. At night, the shiny material takes on an entirely new dimension. To create such lifelike frames, the artist takes plaster casts of people and uses them as three-dimensional “stencils”. The resulting, life-sized sculptures follow the idea of something unfinished: a work in progress. Whilst the bodies appear to be frozen mid-jump, in our mind’s eye, the figures have already landed, turned pirouettes, and taken on new positions. Lagemann is a master of this remarkable effect.
Lagemann’s work has long been exhibited in the USA, Canada, Singapore, and across Europe.
|1959||Born in Düsseldorf, Germany|
|1983-1987||Studied Interior Architecture at FH Detmold, Detmold, Germany|
|Lives and works in Miami, USA|
|2010||First Prize Sculpture, Miami Beach Festival of the Arts, Miami, USA|
|The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC, USA|
|The Baker Museum, Naples, USA|
|2013||Rainer Lagemann – The Square Formed, Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada|
|2013||Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual, Ode to Art Gallery, Singapore|
|2014||Off the Wall: Rainer Lagemann & James Verbicky, DTR Modern Galleries, Washington, DC, USA|
|2013||Punctum contra Punctum II USA, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Meyers, USA|
|2012||Winter Group Show, Etra Fine Art, Miami, USA|
|2010||Future Structure: Andrew Au and Rainer Lagemann, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, USA|
|Florida Contemporary 2010, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, USA|
|2009||Boca Raton Museum Arts Festival, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, USA|
|2007||Group Show, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, USA|