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Weibach2 – Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Sculptures
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Wednesday March 30, 2022 – The falling chair

The “Save Us” exhibition is now within reach. I now have almost 3 weeks to finish building my objects. So far everything is going according to plan, but time is still short. I canceled all other activities for now.

I decided to build another object especially for the exhibition. The topic “Save Us” now includes not only human-nature aspects, but also the Ukranine war.
This first conceptual artwork shows a pink child’s chair falling to its knees. The chair represents the child who suffers the most from the consequences of war.

Thursday March 24, 2022 – Me in a mind map

I am seriously considering documenting my thoughts and discoveries about myself and my work in a mind map. I try to somehow sort myself and my work and to link it together in a meaningful way. However, that is still very difficult for me in this early phase of my work, because I only have fragments, some of which I can’t classify myself at all. I find the mind map approach interesting because it’s a different way of representing an artist and their work. I imagine that you can immerse yourself in this mind map, so to speak, and discover different aspects of the artist, in this case me, and see what I have discovered for myself. It’s just a wild idea at first, but I’ll think about it and see what options I have and then I just want to try it out.

Wednesday March 23, 2022 – Still the statements

The technical inner workings of Last Wood are complete. All components work, the interaction and communication with each other also runs perfectly. Now it’s just a matter of bringing the whole thing to life, I would say. Coordinate the movements, add sounds, feed the built-in display with appropriate content.

Lori is screwed. Originally, Lori was endowed with light. So an LED bar and a high-power LED controlled by a micro-controller. But since I probably worked a bit carelessly, I somehow killed the micro-controller while programming or the LED drew too much juice and that probably caused damage. That means Lori won’t glow, but it’s still an interesting exhibition piece nonetheless.

And then I’m currently busy with my texts every evening. I did some more research on the subject of writing statements and documenting my own work in general. And obviously it’s a good way to make yourself stand out if you work in that direction. That means I’ll be more concerned with writing lyrics for my work. And I have to admit that I’m starting to enjoy it a little bit. I still have to get used to it, but I think it could go quite well. The thing is that when I write texts about my objects, I now divide it into different levels. The first level is the visual level and what you associate with the object. The second level is then more about the story behind it. This means that if the object tells me a story or I can think of a story about it, then I write it down. Although sometimes I still fight with myself. Because quite often it’s the case that I just think of things that are so crazy and out of this world that I don’t know if that’s a good thing. But I don’t want to censor myself either. So for now I’ll write everything down and put it online and see how people deal with it.

Sunday March 20, 2022 – Painting and a five years old boy

I’ve decided to always take Sundays off or at least do what I enjoy a lot at the moment, namely painting. I find, as many people say, that painting is very relaxing and that you quickly forget everything around you. A very pleasant Sunday activity. What comes out is interesting. It puzzles me and I have something to analyze. And, as I said, maybe that will bring me something for my sculptures.


Then I had a special moment at the cemetery today. I always go for a walk or bike ride on Sunday mornings, weather permitting. And today, at the end of my tour, I walked across the cemetery. There was always a grave of a little boy who just turned five years old. He was born in 1973, I was born in 71 and he died in 78. And I think I noticed at the time that he was run over by a truck in Altengroden, where I grew up. In any case, this grave was at the entrance to the cemetery and I always passed it. I always stopped there. What would have become of him later? Maybe he was like me. What happened to the mother? Although I didn’t know the boy, he somehow reminds me of myself. In moments like this you know how lucky you have been and what a great life you’ve been allowed to have.

This grave, it was there a week ago, has now been removed. You could still make out the outlines. When I left there, I turned around a few more times. I thought, okay, that was the last time. The boy was 5 and now he is finally forgotten. The exact dates will slowly disappear. Maybe there is no other family. Maybe there is a family but they don’t have any relation to the boy.

Somehow a piece of me went today too. Maybe just a remnant from childhood, because my mother used to always stand with me at the grave.

Friday 18 March, 2022 – Afraid of color

I dared to paint again. I have my problems with color. I have respect for color and its use. But the best way to overcome fears is to deal with the topic. And that’s why I painted a bit today and yesterday.

I think you can express a lot with color. You can highlight a lot with it and you can screw up a lot with it. I think color, well that’s my opinion now, should be used with respect.

The picture I just painted is an interesting learning object. I started with a lot of curved lines, which I really like. I like the organic, but I also like the contrast and that’s why I included straight lines as well. I don’t know exactly how to process this. At the moment I think straight lines are emotionless and curved lines or organic lines are more emotional.

My attempts at painting could perhaps also have a positive effect on my sculptures, which I also paint on. But also vice versa, I think that painting and the knowledge gained from it have a positive impact on my sculptures.

Wednesday March 16, 2022 – Upcoming exhibition, writing a statement

Today shopping was the main thing on the agenda. I first had to get some wood for the next gallery pedestal.

Then I communicated with the gallery Kunstwerk where I will be exhibiting. The exhibition theme “Save Us” was originally intended to relate primarily to the topic of environmental issues. But given the situation in Ukraine and the war raging there, the topic is now being kept more general. So that the topic of the Ukraine war can be included. I think it’s a very good decision, as refugees will probably also be present. And some Ukrainian artists want to exhibit as well.

I’ve got a started object here . I might like to contribute this to the topic of the Ukraine war. I just roughly put it all together. In principle, an organic, colorful object will develop from monochrome, dark fragments. Because in my opinion, everything negative always has something positive, viewed in the long term. Positive things that bring us as humans to a new level.



In the evening I worked on the statement for Subordinate Above , one of my new sculptures. Next time I’ve finished a sculpture, I’ll definitely write the statement first. And the statement will probably result in the name. Because now that I’m writing the text to Subordinate Above, I realize that the title is actually not 100% correct.
Otherwise, it is again a huge torture to write the statement, but yes I will continue to philosophize about the object and will see what comes out of it.

Tuesday March 15, 2022 – Holes and cavities

Routine was the order of the day today. I worked again on the communication between the display and the microcontroller for Last Wood. I’ve made good progress there too. The Nextion displays and the Nextion Editor open up really great possibilities. Nevertheless, I have to step on the gas a bit, because ultimately everything has to run flawlessly by the time of the exhibition on April 22nd.

Today’s topic was holes. I find holes or openings somehow fascinating. And almost all of my objects have an opening of some kind.
From time to time I have the urge to try my hand at painting. But I don’t really dare to do it because it’s not really my thing. Nevertheless, I sat down and drew a bit on the tablet. And since holes are central to me, I just started with a hole in the middle. And then I designed the rest around it. And that’s very interesting, because I have the impression that towards the hole everything is compressed and everything becomes more and more uniform. At this point I don’t know if this is somehow comparable. But it’s interesting. I will definitely continue to investigate the topic.

Monday March 14, 2022 – Nextion display and ESP32

Today I have dealt exclusively with Last Wood. It was alls about the communication between the display and the microcontroller. I use a Nextion display for this project. This display has its own processor if you will and that is of course a great relief for the actual microcontroller.

The Nextion display is a nice display that is relatively easy to use. There is an extra editor for this, which means I can design my graphic interfaces and then simply upload them. The whole thing can then also be designed interactively.

Not everything works the way I want it to, but I’m still getting to know the display. But I think I’ll get it up and running in the next few days.

Sunday March 13, 2022 – Mysterious opening

Today I did a few little things in between. I continued to work on Lori, then I continued on a sculpture I had started and I also started a new wire sculpture.

But what was interesting today, I was busy with the wire sculpture with the embedded air vent. And although the sculpture is actually not finished yet, the object is very exciting for me. You can open and close the ventilation nozzle and you can determine the direction of the air flow. And if you now open this ventilation, you look through the sculpture, so to speak. It’s actually nothing spectacular, but I find it totally fascinating. I don’t know why, but when you look through it, what’s behind seems different. It now has a different frame of reference. The whole thing has something, well, maybe mysterious. I’ll definitely look into this further, so maybe it’ll be an extra project.

Saturday March 12, 2022 – Coding, painting, giving names

This morning I continued programming Last Wood. Some basic parameters of the object can be adapted to the respective environment via Bluetooth. And I still had to set up or adjust a few of these parameters. Everything worked out wonderfully.

Later I then treated Lori further. I redesigned the outer shell a bit. I made the whole thing a bit dirtier and a bit oilier to make the story behind the object clearer.

Then I edited the remaining pictures from my latest sculpture for about 2 hours. Brightness, contrast and colors slightly adjusted. And then saved in different formats and tagged (all for Google).

And, I actually found a name for this latest sculpture. The series is called “Meganismic Color Shells” and the current sculpture now has the beautiful name “Cho.maran”.

Friday March 11, 2022 – Meganismic Color Shells

Today I only did little things. Because first of all I had to work, of course, and then I visited a friend this afternoon and by then the day was almost over. Nevertheless I continued to tinker a bit on Lori. And then I had to finish a small sculpture. A cast stone sculpture. I had already cast the sculpture and now only had to paint it. It will be sent to the USA on Monday.


And then I dealt with my titles and texts again. And now I have at least found an overall name for the current work, so to speak for the series. The name is “Meganismic Color Shells”. Because the works are organic sculptures, but they always have a mechanical part, something that seems to have been made by human hands. It’s about the combination of mechanism and organism. And in this series I’m mainly concerned with the colors and the color combination.

Thursday March 10, 2022 – What do my works mean?

I’ve been struggling with the tiresome topic of texts and titles all day. I sit in front of the images of my current sculpture and think about how I can name the object. The problem for me is that I have such a big imagination that I can do it on every imaginable level. I see so many possibilities in my sculptures that I just don’t know which to choose. And since I also want to sell my work, I ask myself what is right and what is wrong. That means I censor myself or I categorize myself and that sucks. To be honest, this topic is starting to piss me off. And this afternoon was one of those days where I would like to throw everything in the corner.
I’m just missing the overall concept. I haven’t really found my common thread yet, my frame. And that just makes it really difficult to position the objects that I build.
Most of the objects I build just happen that way. Sometimes I start with a special idea, but after a short time something completely different usually develops from it. Things just happen that way and I don’t have a very conscious influence on it. I think that’s good too, but afterwards you sit there and ask yourself why did I build it this way? At the moment I have the impression that I don’t understand myself at all.

Wednesday March 9, 2022 – Photo shooting, writing a statement II

Today at work I thought about my artwork statements again. I’m very concerned about this topic because I’m not 100% sure in which direction I should go.
I don’t want to describe my objects in such detail. I want the viewer to have enough leeway for his interpretation. If I prescribe too much now or push the whole thing in a very specific direction, then perhaps a connection to the object could not develop at all. On the other hand, it is of course interesting to be able to tell a story about an object. I’ll just see how I proceed.

After lunch I took the new gallery pedestal and my current sculpture to my storage room. It is roughly 3 miles from here. And there I took photos of the sculpture. Thank goodness it’s going really fast now. Before, I had to do it all here in my little studio. It was quite a crowd. Now that I have the storage room, I have a corner where I have enough space to take pictures. I can just leave the lights and everything around there.
Then I went home to post-process the photos. For the post-processing of a sculpture, i.e. the pictures, I need two to three hours.
When I photograph my work, it is always very exciting. Because then I always discover interesting perspectives and little things that I hadn’t even noticed before.



Well, and in between I continued to work on Lori a bit. I applied a layer of Pattex again at a connection point. And then I painted the whole thing black again to get an idea of the rough appearance.

Tuesday March 8, 2022 – More electronics, writing a statement

I have finished wiring the Last Wood electronics. Then I installed the whole thing. In this case, the electronics are located in the pedestal under the actual sculpture. After installation I tested everything and then the big surprise, everything worked right away.

Then I got busy with another current work. A sculpture that is actually finished, but that doesn’t yet have a name and I haven’t written a statement about it yet. And the subject of a statement or text for a sculpture in particular causes me great problems. This is probably the case for many artists. Why did I do it like this? What am I trying to say? Etc.
I thought about it for a long time and did some research on Google. I wanted to see how other artists deal with it. And then I had an idea. In the future, I will no longer regard the texts for a work as a description of the work, but as an addition. Because if I see the whole thing as an addition, then my motivation is much higher to write about it. I can expand the sculpture, so to speak, give it another level. And I find that very interesting. Because now it’s not such torture anymore. Now I have the opportunity to give the whole thing more depth and I find that interesting and much more motivating.

Monday March 7, 2022 – Sticky mass, Lori and lots of bills

Today I went shopping and after shopping I always sit down in the café at Denns for half an hour. I always find it very inspiring to sit there and watch the people. That’s where I always get the best ideas. For example, censorship accumulates somewhere like a sticky mass and then blocks the processes. I like the idea.


Otherwise, I mostly did small stuff. I tinkered a bit more with Lori and painted some parts with acrylic paint. Then I continued to work on the control electronics for Last Wood. I still have a lot of wiring to do and that always slows me down.


In the evening I dealt with my bills. That’s always quite annoying, but it has to be done and there are worse things. But then you can see that there is quite a lot of money going into my art. Making art is not cheap. I have to pay quite a bit in advance, but hopefully it will pay off at some point.

Sunday March 6, 2022 – I can’t stop making art

Today, for the first time in months, I managed to take half a day off. The sun was shining and I rode my bike and occasionally went for a walk. My thoughts didn’t revolve around art. I think I didn’t think anything at times, at least I can’t remember.

In the late afternoon, however, I became weak. I had to tinker something. I’ve started a new wire sculpture. And that’s the first time I’ve incorporated a finished part. In this case a ventilation unit from a car. I fiddled around with it for quite a long time because I wasn’t so sure about the overall shape. In the end, however, I realized that I had to approach the basic form of the ventilation object in order to create a certain unity. Then I covered the whole thing with Powertex.
Tomorrow I’ll paint it again with Powertex and strengthen it further and then I’ll think about the colors. I’m not really sure about the end result. As I said, I’m experimenting a bit. I try to create a connection between the prefab and the organic. I find this combination of mechanisms and organisms very interesting.

Saturday March 5, 2022 – Another pedestal and a fish named Lori

Today I finished another gallery pedestal . The appearance of the pedestals is getting better and better. I still sand down the pedestals first, but then I also fill in any cracks. Then sand again and then paint twice. Finished.


Later I got involved with Lori. Lori is an oil removal fish or type of fish. Lori is relatively dark because he comes into contact with oil, but has a very organic overall appearance (with technical enhancements to the body).


Lori is also equipped with lighting because originally the main body was supposed to be a lamp. But, as is so often the case, I have made a change of course.
A high power LED is installed in the front part and I have embedded an LED strip in the rear part. The whole thing is controlled by an ESP32 micro-controller. And that’s exactly what I’ve been dealing with today. I have connected the micro-controller and the LEDs and the power supply. Then I installed the whole thing, tested it and glued and covered it with Pattex (my current favorite putty). Now the whole thing has to dry.


Originally I wanted to put Lori on a small pedestal, but I noticed that when he’s lying down, he looks completely different. Lying down, Lori comes across a bit like a seal, a helpless animal or a little baby. A baby who has to do heavy, dirty and hazardous work on our behalf, on behalf of the people.

Friday March 4, 2022 – War, wood working and gaming symbols on a sculpture

Work was boring as always. During the breakfast break, the work colleagues were upset that the gas prices were so high. We’re fucking up earth, innocent people are dying in the Ukraine and they’re upset about the gas prices.

In the afternoon I continued to work on Last Wood, which is the provisional working title. I tinkered with the electronics. I had to make a few changes and today I soldered the two micro-controllers, i.e. the ESP32 and the Arduino Nano, together onto a circuit board and already made the first connection. I’ll do the rest next week. But the project is going according to plan and I think I’ll have it all ready in time.

After my 4pm tea break, I’ve been working on one of the plinths for the upcoming exhibition. I sanded it down again. I’ll paint it tomorrow, then it can go to storage on Sunday and I’ll start on the next plinth on Tuesday. All work that has to be done, apart from art.

In the evening I continued to work on my current sculpture, which I still don’t have a name for. I put gaming symbols in one place. But it didn’t quite work out the way I wanted it to. But it’s okay. It’s not perfect, but things aren’t supposed to be perfect either. I think that’s still quite interesting because you can’t really see what it is or what the symbols are, but it kind of hints at it and that makes the side of the sculpture interesting. And finally I gave the sculpture a finish. I mixed this time. I used matte protective varnish and glossy protective varnish in different places. To emphasize such different areas differently. I like it very much.