Aron Demetz

Saturday, July 28, 2018 — Monday, September 03, 2018

28/07/2018 – 03/09/2018 at MPV Gallery Knokke

From Saturday, July 28 the work of the Italian sculptor Aron Demetz will be on display at MPV Gallery Knokke. During ‘Nacht van Het Zoute’, a glamorous late night shopping event which traditionally takes place on the first Friday of August in Knokke, the exhibition of Aron Demetz will be festively opened.

Aron Demetz was born in 1972 in the North Italian town of Sterzing in South Tyrol, a small place in the Dolomites enclosed by forests. He grew up close to nature and woodcraft was naturally a discipline practiced by many people around him.

The principal motif in his work is the human form. He starts by sawing forms out of huge trunks and blocks of cedar, maple or walnut with a chainsaw. Then he proceeds to carve the wood and to add details to the statues. Grinding, sanding or gouging, he creates different structures in the ‘skin’ of the statue or adds materials such as resin. Sometimes he chars the wood using a flame-thrower. The statues are given their own surface structure, personalising the form as it were.

Injury, recovery and metamorphosis are the basic themes in Aron Demetz’s oeuvre.