(April 2010) To date we have presented a number of unconventional artists. But in the case of the Dutch Karel Vreeburg nothing complies to the conventional projection of a sculptor: he holds a PHD in medicine and began working in art after a short introduction at the ripe age of 53. In a precisely worded e-mail he writes that he actually only works the stone using methods which he learned in his early years as a dental technician except that shaping and mouldings takes place in the interior of the stone.
Fascinating forms come to light, which seem somehow impossible. He writes: „What I am looking for in the stone are mathematical objects such as a twisting, Möbius rings and mathematical knots.“
Father of the ideas is Mauritius Escher and his crazy yet maddeningly rational worlds. „Like Escher I am not interested in formulas, but in the visual outcome of them.“
He calls his works „Hidden Sculptures“. One piece captivates him for up to 300 hours using his old tools of the trade since conventional stone sculpting tools are only suited for the exterior of the stone.
He dreams of working a really large object in the future, he writes. Yet another idea is an animated projection whereby complementary parts of a stone sculpture made of ice or snow and adapted to the colours of the stone would melt and flow away. Animation could produce a sort of creation and destruction – a coming and going „in a sort of breathing or respiration“.
Oh yes, he is also a bit remorseful at not having studied mathematics or astronomy. At the 2009 Florence Biennale he was awarded 3rd prize for his work.
Photos: Karel Vreeburg