Being More Than a System
curated by Sabine Schaschl
Although his two-dimensional works and reliefs, his sculptures, installations and architectural interventions emanate from geometric ordering systems and structural design drawings, Jürg Stäuble’s approach is not that of a strictly constructivist artist. For him, geometry is only a starting point or path, not the destination. The underlying design principles are rarely easy for the observer to decode. By exploring the charged environment between rational construction and irrational appearance, Stäuble achieves results that reflect the creative forces of nature without copying them.
Jürg Stäuble’s works are based on geometric design principles that he first lays out in series of drawings, modifies in a wide variety of ways with intuitive interventions, and extends spatially in precise construction plans and working models. In so doing, he experiments with penetrations, overlaps, sequences, torsions and displacements of geometric bodies and surfaces. In this sense, his form-finding, which he often works through in groups of artworks, does not constitute abstraction of real objects, but concretion of abstract models. The fact that this, in turn, triggers associations with familiar natural entities is a welcome side effect.
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