Trashstone 389, 2008
Production waste in polyester/fiberglass, 110 x 303 x 112 cm
The “Trashstone“ series started by Wilhelm Mundt in 1989.The trashstones, which are not exactly “trash“ although the basic raw material in fact encompasses garbage, studio debris or found materials and objects of biographical significance for the artist, are fashioned by Mundt in a complex, very labor-intensive process.
After bundling up the objects, after covered them with layers of film of various thicknesses, the blanks produced in this manner are enveloped in numerous layers of glass fiber reinforced plastic and then smoothed and polished. The body formed work is succes-sively coated with hardeners and polyester gel. In the process, the various layers are applied almost like glazes with a brush. After drying for a long time, the stones are prepared for polishing. The sander fitted with coarse sandpa-per is first led along the surface. This makes the stones contour rounder, softer, and more flowing. After being washed and in-spected for scratches, the stones are polished with various types of wax. An important contrastive impact develops between the sense of sight and touch: a soft-ness that the eye believes to have perceived due to the contour lines curving in and out becomes impenetrable hardness when touched, becomes a forbidden shell that nevertheless conceals the content. The stones, on the other hand, are like three- dimensional paintings.
Born 1959 in Grevenbroich, Ger-many. Education: Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Selected exhibitions: Galerie Ludwig, Krefeld, Germany 1994; Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany 2000; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany 2004; Europäische Kunsthalle Köln, Cologne, Germany 2004; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany 2008; Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany 2009; Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Germany 2008.
Photographer: Achim Kukulies