Manfred Wakolbinger

Selected works

Biography

Manfred Wakolbinger

Like many artists, Manfred Wakolbinger is a seeker. He breathes life, as it were, into his preferred material metal. In his metamorphoses, he juxtaposes metal with other materials, exposes it, exhibits it, and at the same time always remains an affectionate observer of his own work process.

 

Wakolbinger loves representing physical processes with this materials, thus consciously addressing all the viewer’s senses. For example in the series “Zungen” (Tongues) from 2018-2019, in which he forms soft, warm copper into tongues, then exposes them on a cold concrete pedestal. Or in his series “Circulations” from 2017-2018, where stainless steel pipes are mounted on the walls like exposed streams of the body’s interior.

 

The black-and-white photographic works from the series “Reversal” from 2018-2019 are representations of deep sea creatures and are thus linked to “Circulations” directly and as an entity. The images were taken by the artist under difficult conditions and make the physicality of both the animals as well as the photographer tangible to the viewer. Through technical interventions in the process of photography, works from an in-between realm are created; a pictorial world between nature photography and invention.

 

Born in 1952 in Upper Austria, Manfred Wakolbinger completed training in metalworking and toolmaking. Together with his wife Anna Heindl, he initially focused on jewellery design but he also attended seminars by Bazon Brock at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since the 1980s, the artist has been part of international exhibitions, e.g. the Documenta 8 or the Biennale in Venice, to name a few.

Exhibitions at Smolka Contemporary

Manfred Wakolbinger

Art&Antique Residenz Salzburg 2022 Smolka Contmeporary

2022

Art&Antique Residenz Salzburg 2022
Manfred Wakolbinger Into the Black Smolka Contemporary

2022

Into the Black
Smolka Contemporary Manfred Wakolbinger Hubert Schmalix

2022

Intermezzo

2021

Art&Antique Hofburg 2021
Art Austria Highlights 2021 Smolka Contemporary

2021

ART AUSTRIA HIGHLIGHTS 2021
Hubert Schmalix Tree Smolka Contemporary Art&Antique Salzburg

2021

ART&ANTIQUE Salzburg 2021
Art Austria 2021 Smolka Contemporary

2021

Art Austria 2021
Ferdinand Melichar und Hubert Schmalix

2020

New Works
Manfred Wakolbinger

2019

Art Düsseldorf 2019

2019

Tongues

2019

ART AUSTRIA 2019
Manfred Wakolbinger

2016

High Up

2016

MQ ART BOX
Inhale - Exhale