Siegershausen, Thurgau, 8573, Switzerland
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Electro-magic splashes in your mind system
Work area / Artistic activity
- The artistic activity covers work with various materials consisting of industrial wastes: various metal parts, foundry parts, industrial iron scrap, electrical and computer scrap, glass wastes as well as flea market articles. The reference places are industrial scrap yards and flea markets. The accumulation of these materials in the studio results in an extensive assortment at forms and materials. This material will now completed and finished with epoxy casting or bronze/aluminium casting (cast in, adhesive, dyed or used for building of forms) and among other things with high-technology components (for instance: fibre optic cable or electrical luminescence foils) to sculptures or to light objects developed.
- In the late 1960ies the TV-series Star Trek, with that elegant spaceship crossing the universe, fascinated a lot of people at the television? Enthusiasts might compare Walter Wetter`s mysterious sculptures with equipment details used for shooting the voyages of the legendary starship Enterprise. The young Swiss artists accomplishment is to convert electronic trash and other industrially manufactured materials and products into works of art which simulate electrical-electronic functionality (sometimes they really work, see the light sculptures!) and appear as well as engineering equipment of computer science or movie props from the TV-series. Walter Wetter`s works acts around a sensitive processing of signals of the developing media society, his objects and sculptures create new meanings and could be interpreted as totem symbols of our electronic culture. The artists ideas and works are a continuation of the visions of the Industrial art; that art movement of musicians, performer, photographer and painters, who understand themselves as chroniclers, reflectors and as critics of our industrialized world. The movement of Industrial art rose in the 1980ies, the most interesting concepts and artists of this direction, however, emerged in the 1990ies. The paintings or acoustic works of one of the founders of the Industrial art, Genesis P. Orridge, should be named, also the interesting development of the musical work known as “Einstürzende Neubauten”.
- Walter Wetter has been working for more than 20 years in this field and his work has matured. He connects found pieces from the industrial scrap yards on just as virtuoso as bizarre ways with flea market articles. Apparently incompatible, contrasting, Walter Wetter connects the different parts with epoxy to surprisingly harmonious, balanced and beautiful pieces. Religious articles or parts of toys may be put together with alienated airplane parts. This transformation from banally functional objects to artful and useful artwork makes Walter Wetter`s creations so unique, without drifting toward joke-clung or absurdity. Form him, industrial art is the opposite of ironically exaggerating art work which became famous by Swiss scrap iron artists like Jean Tinguely or Bernhard Luginbuehl. Industrial art in the sense of Walter Wetter`s work remains always serious in last consequence, and besides all its beauty it sometimes appears menacing. It aims evenly at our subconscious that, despite rational objectivity of human striving, always keeps a critical distance from the industrial development. Exactly into this area of conflict between manufactured product reality and apocalyptic dream, like (the movie) Walter Wetter skilfully puts his techno totem art and entangles the public.
- Sascha Laszlo Serfoezoe