Marc C. Woehr

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Marc C. Woehr, "N 49.24245 E. 6.98857", relief sculpture made from reclaimed wood, 2016.

Marc C. Woehr[1] (pronounced [wöhr]; born December 29, 1973) is a German contemporary artist known for his sculptural relief constructions and monumental urban paintings.

Early career[edit]

Immersed in the local skateboarding culture of Stuttgart Germany in the late 1980s Woehr began his artistic career as a traditional graffiti artist, tagging walls around the city. Moving from graffiti art to the studio in 2000 Woehr started to experiment with painting on canvas and constructing sculptural dioramas. Working in these modes of expression Woehr sought to capture the dynamism of the urban experience and environment. Recognized for his artistic talent in 2010 Woehr was chosen, along with four other artists, to represent Germany in the Fine Art[2] international art exhibition,[3] an arts initiative and traveling exhibition created to celebrate the FIFA World Cup of the same year.

Career and influence[edit]

Marc C. Woehr, "N 41.593222 E1.838255," wood and spray paint, made for Created in Barcelona, 2016.

In 2013 Woehr sought new means to treat the city, his urban subject matter. His abstract images depict a bird's eye view, a vision which represents the fundamental essence of an urban experience Woehr eschews realistic depictions, alternatively restructuring and reshaping the streets and architecture of a particular city he has visited in a style reminiscent of the Russian Constructivists, like Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky, Vladimir Tatlin and the artists of the Bauhaus such as Lászlo Moholy-Nagy, from whom he draws inspiration. By titling each work with a location's geographic or GPS coordinates, Woehr invites viewer participation, research and exploration of the subject city. While each work is a translation of the artist's personal connection with a particular city, the receding dimensionality of each multi-layer image leaves the viewer a conceptual space for her own interpretation. Although he works primarily in the studio, Woehr remains close to the urban landscape continuing to paint outside on city walls, buildings, trains and large-scale sculptures. These works achieve the same objectives as his sculptural reliefs, as he crafts the illusion of the three-dimensional space in these painted constructions. Painted on a monumental scale this work envelops the viewer, inviting her into a newly conceived urban environment and experience.

Artistic process and technique[edit]

Embracing technology Woehr employs computers to aid in the design and formulation of his complex relief constructions. Borrowing from contemporary industrial manufacturing processes, computer driven lasers are then used to cut the multiple layers of paper, cardboard or wood that make up each design. The artist then painstakingly constructs the three-dimensional space of each individual work, arranging and assembling each layer by hand. The finished work of art reflects a unique combination of the artist's hand and creativity together with the precision and clarity inherent in computer generated design and fabrication. When working with reclaimed wood Woehr differences his artistic process creating these sculptures freehand, respecting the inherent idiosyncrasies of found, reclaimed materials.

Exhibitions[edit]

2017

  • Art l'Élysée, 8éme avenue pavilion Galerie Ange Basso,[4] Paris France
  • Urban Art Fair,[5] Urban Art Gallery, Paris France
  • ART UP Art Fair, Urban Art Gallery, Lille France
  • Urvanity Art Fair, Urban Art Gallery, Madrid Spain
  • Viva con Agua, social project, Millerntor Gallery Hamburg Germany

2016

  • From Graffiti to Relief, 8éme Avenue Art Fair, Paris France

"Coming from the Basics," ArtCan Gallery, Montpellier France

Urban Art Fair, Urban Art Gallery, Paris France

2015

"Superfine," Image Gallery, New York, Art Basel Miami

Berliner Liste, Art Week, Berlin Germany

Die Grenzlandausstellung, Kunstverein, Aabenraa Denmark

"Varietas," Galerie Mauritiushof, Bad Zurzach Switzerland

"Urban Beauty," Urban Art Gallery, Stuttgart Germany

2014

"Flashback," Solo Show, Urban Art Gallery, Stuttgart Germany

"Dirty Works Volume V," 30works Galerie, Köln Germany

New Master Graffiti Street Art Festival #3, Berlin Germany

"Viva con Agua," social project, Millerntor Gallery Hamburg Germany

"City Vibes," WOW-WilliBender Gallery, Heidelberg Germany

"IF3," Exhibition, Augsburg Germany

"Urban Playground," Urban Art Gallery, Stuttgart Germany

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Startseite | Marc C. Woehr". www.marcwoehr.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  2. ^ Marcus, Jeffrey (2010-07-10). "Artists From Around the World Add Own Touch to the World Cup". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  3. ^ Berlin, 2010 International FineArt Germany by Galerie in. "2010 International FineArt Germany by Galerie in Berlin". www.2010fineart-germany.com (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  4. ^ "GALERIE ANGE BASSO | Marc C. Woehr". www.galerie-angebasso.com (in French). Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  5. ^ "Going In-Depth - Marc C. Woehr at Urban Art Fair 2017". Widewalls. Retrieved 2017-10-26.

Further reading[edit]

  • Martin Elbert, "Meine Arbeiten sind nicht Mainstream," Stuttgarter-Zeitung.de., May 23, 2017.[1]
  • Graffiti Art Magazine, #31, October 13, 2016[2]
  • Jürgen Veit, "640 Quadratmeter Kunst erfreuen die Bahnreisenden," Stuttgarter-Zeitung.de., May 26, 2016.[3]
  • Caroline Kurze, "Marc C. Woehr," Ignant, May 14, 2014.[4]
  • Robert Mucha, "Marc C. Woehr," Hanix Magazin, No. 4, November 29, 2011.
  1. ^ Germany, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Stuttgart,. "Stuttgarter Künstler Marc C. Woehr : "Meine Arbeiten sind nicht Mainstream"". stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  2. ^ Sophie. "Graffiti Art #31 : en kiosques !". www.graffitiartmagazine.com (in French). Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  3. ^ Germany, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Stuttgart,. "Wendlingen: 640 Quadratmeter Kunst erfreuen die Bahnreisenden". stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  4. ^ "Marc C. Woehr". Retrieved 2017-10-26.