Moto Waganari


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Moto Waganari
Lutz Wagner aka Moto Waganari creates transparent network-sculptures which outline a delicate body frame. By illuminating his sculptures the artists multiplies his three-dimensional objects by a two-dimensional shadow revealing the immaterial alter ego of every figure. His characters seem to visualize a surreal, parallel world filled with surprise and enigma. Moto Waganari’s sculptures emerge from virtual space at the intersection of art, architecture and science. Within the interplay of their inherent lighting conditions—both natural and artificial—they once again generate new images as material manifestations and polymer images of their original digital archetypes. To attempt to place Moto Waganari’s work within the familiar coordinate grid would mean to negate the work’s contradictoriness and to ruin the polymorphic magic radiating from it, something which is also inherent in the creative process. Born in a virtual wonderland and shaped from the binary clay of bits and bytes, Waganari transforms his digital golems into analogue and polygon grid creatures by way of an intricate technical process. The sculpture itself becomes space, within which light is reflected and—along the lines of a labyrinthine net structure—gives birth to new forms and images. Where does sculpture end, and where does space begin? Far Eastern minimalism harmonizes with the iconographically-charged figurativeness and expressive strength of the old European masters in Moto Waganari’s art. These are sculptures whose visual dynamic playfully adapts the fluent elegance of samurai depictions and—at the same time— quotes the rugged physicality typically associated with classical busts. Multiple semantic levels emerge within and from space. It is here where true 21st century art emerges: where reputed contradictions and feigned incongruities—between tradition and modernism, process and result, artificiality and authenticity, prototype and copy, virtual and real—are not perceived as antagonistic, but as creative and within the realm of possibilities of the 21st century. This is the art of Moto Waganari. CV Moto Waganari Education 1967 Born in Flensburg, Germany 1991-2000 Artistduo “Eisenherz”- Sculptures 1992-1999 University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main- Dep. Architecture 2000-2016 Optimat Desktop World Creation, Architecture Solo Exhibitions 2017 “Shadows of the Mind”, Jörg Heitsch Galerie, München 2014 “Real Virtuality”, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York 2012 “Real Fiction”, Jörg Heitsch Galerie, München 2011 “Polygon Works”, Jörg Heitsch Galerie, München Fairs/Exhibitions 2019 Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Palm Beach, FL, USA 2018 SKULPTURALE 01, Krefeld HIGHLIGHTS, Heitsch Gallery München Art New York, New York, NY, USA 2017 Airport Munich Heitsch Gallery München Saphira & Ventura Gallery, New York Affordable Art Fair, Bridgehampoton, NY, USA CONTEXT New York, New York, NY, USA Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, Palm Beach, FL, USA 2016 New Masters Project, Adrien-Kavachnina Contemporary, Paris Masters of Light, Jörg Heitsch Galerie, München CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami, FL, USA Art Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA 2015 Masters of Light, Albemarle Gallery, London Art Kensington Olympia Art New York, New York, NY, USA SCOPE Basel, Switzerland CONTEXT Miami, Miami, FL, USA 2014 Dialog, Villa Friede, Mehlem Art Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA The Armory Show Art Karlsruhe Art Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley, CA, USA Kunst 14 Zürich 2013 Märchen, Jörg Heitsch Galerie, München Art Karlsruhe Expo Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA The Armory Show Kunst 13 Zürich CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami, FL, USA Art South Hampton, NY, USA 2012 Abwehr, Vögele Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon Art Karlsruhe Kunst 12 Zürich 2011 Babylons Schatten III, Pasinger Fabrik München Spieltrieb, Aaber ArtSpace, München Art Helsinki Contempo Munich, Germany Art Fair 21 Kunst 11 Zürich 2010 Colekt, Frankfurt 2000 Omnium Rauminstallation, Expo, Hannover 1997 Eisenherz Skulpturen, Dragonfly Gallery, Taipei Publications “Moto Waganari” - 2011 “Moto Waganari” - 2015