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Manfred kielnhofer-contemporary-art-modern-arts-sculpture-article-from-eyes-in-magazine
Manfred kielnhofer-contemporary-art-modern-arts-sculpture-article-from-eyes-in-magazine
Manfred kielnhofer-contemporary-art-modern-arts-sculpture-article-from-eyes-in-magazine
Manfred kielnhofer-contemporary-art-modern-arts-sculpture-article-from-eyes-in-magazine
Manfred kielnhofer-contemporary-art-modern-arts-sculpture-article-from-eyes-in-magazine
Manfred kielnhofer-contemporary-art-modern-arts-sculpture-article-from-eyes-in-magazine
Manfred kielnhofer-contemporary-art-modern-arts-sculpture-article-from-eyes-in-magazine
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Manfred kielnhofer-contemporary-art-modern-arts-sculpture-article-from-eyes-in-magazine


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Manfred Kielnhofer …

Manfred Kielnhofer
“Guards of Time” relates to the idea that since the beginning of time mankind has had protectors, both for historic and mystical reasons. It seems that only man himself is a potential source of danger for his own existence. In his works of art Manfred Kielnhofer deals with the natural human desire for security. Thus his oeuvre reflects genuine exploration, consideration and discussion of current as well as historic moods and sensibilities of his social environment. His works of art captivate with elaborate combinations of light and different technique.
Manfred Kielnhofer was born in Haslach an der Mühl, Austria. He is self-taught and works with many different mediums; including, painting, film, photography, installation, performance and sculpture. His work usually concerns the human figure, and its different forms and movements, focusing mainly on the peculiarities of human nature. He uses the human form as a tool, either on a canvas or in a sculpture.

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  • 1. Artist and Designer - Manfred KielnhoferManfred Kielnhofer was born in Haslachan der Mühl, Austria. He currently lives andworks in Linz, Austria, where he opened the human figure and its various forms andthe gallery Art Park in 2005. Kielnhofer’s movements. The “figure” is an integral partwork spans the mediums of painting, film, of his work, and he often uses the humanphotography, installation, performance and form as a tool, either in place of a canvassculpture. or in a collaboration to produce large-scaleA self-taught abstract painter, Kielnhofer installations or performances. Kielnhoferrecently used a naked female body as a has exhibited widely throughout Austria,“canvas” for one of his best works. His and his work has recently been featured inartistry is predominantly concerned with exhibitions in New York and Miami.
  • 2. The Largest Painting in the World“The focus of my art is the peculiarities of Under his guidance, 1,500 eager youngstersthe human nature,” Kielnhofer said. “As an produced the largest children’s painting inartist, the natural form and movement of the world (3,300 m²), which was displayedthe human body poses me a great deal of at many different places in Austria. Anotherchallenge. The different perspectives and of his gigantic masterpieces (40,000 m²)points of view is what I aim to capture and was composed of sunflowers and otherdisplay in my work.” herbs that had been planted in the middle ofKielnhofer’s latest works have been in the a field of grain near the city of Enns. It couldabstract form in which he brings to life with be best viewed from the sky; unfortunately,a collage of colors and a certain distance the pilot Kielnhofer hired decided to fly offto the object. Each and every one of his on vacation before most of its “pixels” hadpaintings is individual in character and blossomed, and the farmer had to harvestpresentation. the creation before he returned.
  • 3. The TimeguardsKielnhofer’s Timeguards represent the first of his works to be exhibited in the UK.Dealing with room-concepts, sculptures and installations, as well as being engagedwith mystic experiences and religion, lead the artist to the engaging charactersfeatured in Timeguards. In 2006, the first of these figures was created. Kielnhoferintegrates his Timeguards in public places such as ancient castles, old mines, mainsquares or parks.
  • 4. A Conversation withManfred KielnhoferAs a child, what did you want to become(profession-wise)? In which way do you consider yourself an innovative creator?A freelance worker. I am creating a new work. I am lookingIn which town did you grow up? around to see if it happened before in theLinz, an industrial town in Austria. art world. Most times, I am too late for the shows, but sometimes I finish the work inDo you think your background has time. This is a very hard process, but greatinfluenced your current art and design works arise.styles? If so, what specific element inyour background is most pervasive in Do you have any other creative ambitionsinfluencing your current style? or dreams to which you aspire?My job as a mechanical engineer and in Sculpture, light art installations andmetalworking is the basis of my work. photography.What inspires you in the job of being an Which basic elements of creativity didartist and designer? your family teach you?I am following my dreams and realizing my My father taught me carpentry. I like theconcepts to form an object. work with natural products like wood.
  • 5. How did you get the idea for creatingyour art and design works?When I am working on a concept in myhead, this can take a long time, but thework itself I complete very quickly.Do you have a favorite artist and/ordesigner yourself?“The architect is an Archistrator,” Do you embrace the changes in the artaccording to Heidulf Gerngross. He is industry regarding social media and technology influences?one of the most controversial architects inAustria. Gerngross “archive-centered” the I am using social media daily for, uniting talented people (his “energy The technical change to LED lamps will befields”) while creating art that goes beyond shown in my next works.the purely technical. Do you like art? Do you have anyAre you ever afraid you will run out of preferences for an artist and/or forinspiration and creativity in your job? creators of artistic work?No. I have too many ideas and inspirations Yes … Erwin Wurm, Franz West, New— enough also for a second life. Star Archistrator Heidulf Gerngross, and Architecture Biennale Venice 2002.What is the most difficult thingin your job? If so, why is that? What special quality do you like in their work or personalities?Advertising and promoting the works afterI have made them. I enjoy Wurm’s and West’s works. Gerngross calls his artist friends hisWhat is the most fun part of your job? “amigos” — for example, West, anTo create a new sculpture. The freedom internationally successful artist, builtof the art. the “Gerngross pillar” together with the architects.Do you expect your way of creatingart and design pieces to change in the In which way do you think art and designfuture? are different and/or similar?No, I don’t expect it to change. I try to I am working in art and in design. Designchange the small things, not the big things. is mostly a practical application. Art has,I am working on a concept to show the mostly, little to do with practical application.pollution of the industry in my immediate There are many different definitions andsurroundings — the environment-friendly interpretations. In the end, it is the qualitypaper tube chair by Manfred Kielnhofer. of the work that is important.
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  • 7. Do you aspire to collaborate in yourcreations with an innovative creator fromanother artistic discipline?I am working in dance and theaterinstallations for my concept photography.And work for a theater would be veryinteresting. What is your favorite hotel?Do you have a favorite company or excitingother creator with whom you would like to I am a midcareer artist. I travel with my oldwork? camper.A light art installation for Swarovski would What would be your ideal home?be interesting. An atelier on the Malibu beach.Do you follow any philosophical orpsychological approach in making your Do you have any dreams for the future?art? Live every day as if it was the last day ofMuseums are our new churches, as is your life. Live, love, laugh — life is too shortcommonly agreed. Millions of people flock to be wasted on other less important them to be uplifted, inspired, or distracted Is there anything else you would like tofrom everyday cares for an hour or two by add to this interview?encountering magnificent art. ( Thank you so much for your time. See yougallery-hosting-iq%C2%B2-debate/) at my next show!
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