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Sculptures from Ewerdt Hilgemann in New Jersey

Ewerdt Hilgemann, distinguished Amsterdam-based German artist is currently showing in Leonia, New Jersey (USA). His sculptures, ranging in size from 8 to 20 feet in height, were created specially for a Park Avenue, New York City installation using a unique vacuum process, which “implodes” geometric shapes causing the material to deform according to natural laws. Hilgemann developed his method in the early 1980s after experimenting with white wooden wall pieces that captured light, influenced by ZERO movement.

Hilgemann’s “implosion” process begins by fabricating perfect, geometrically pure stainless steel forms, which are meticulously welded and polished to satin gloss. After this part of the process is complete, the artist slowly pulls the air out with a vacuum pump, putting the natural atmospheric pressure to sculptural use and collapsing the forms into their final shape. In a delicate balance of planning and chance each piece acquires individual character demonstrating unexpected and striking possibilities of the material.

“To me the implosion represents the inward spiral of energy to reach the core and mystery of matter, the ultimate beauty of creation,” says Hilgemann.