Markus Wüste has, since his beginnings as an artist, consistently focused on stone. His sculptures deal with features and themes which from an historical viewpoint have not been ascribed to this material: movement, kinetic process and the representation of modern materials in connection with an expressive material conversion. Which, however, represent investigations into scope and mass, surface and quality of the stone. Whereas in his earlier works by emulating and continuing abstract volumina, he often highlighted variations in the stones’ form and surface by a minimum of splitting and polishing, and even enhanced this by the additional aspect of movement, Keilstein/Arch Stone 2004. His aim has long since been not to make the stone correspond to nature, but rather to correspond to the potential of the stone. In the work, Plattenspieler/Turntable 2003, which takes the form of a stone record-player, above and beyond the mere conversion of the material, he makes the sound of granite audible.
Markus Wüste devotes all his attention, a lot of time and a special understanding to a material regarded as limited in its colour range but three-dimensionally graspable, silent but eternally present – to stones, ultimately moving and resonating, and also still elegantly beautiful in deformation, Gravitationsopfer/Victim of Gravity 2011. In one of his recent kinetic works a windscreen wiper is set in motion and does not move the stone but playfully epitomizes its polish by means of a softer material. Like so often, Wüste uses the simple contrast between the granite’s natural surface textures so as to create both a visual and haptic impression and to make this silent, inconspicuous stone “shine” in parts, Scheibenwischer/Windscreen 2010.
(extracts from the text Moving Stones by Silke Opitz)
His work has been seen in solo shows at Studio Trisorio Naples/Italy, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin, Galerie Kurt im Hirsch Berlin, Projektgalerie Hofmann von Sell Berlin, Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof Berlin, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and in many group shows at e.g. Azkuna Zentroa Bilbao, Moontower Foundation Bad König, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Tape Modern #18 Berlin, Stiftung Starke Berlin, Schloss Sacrow Potsdam, frontviews gallery Berlin, Galeria Maior Pollenca/Spain, Lothringer Laden Munich, Parque Bonoval Santiago de Compostela/Spain.
Markus Wüste is living and working in Berlin, Germany. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Art in Berlin from 1997 to 2003. In the workshop of the sculptor Yoshimi Hashimoto he got his first experiences working with stone. In 2001 he got a scholarship to study at the School of Fine Art in Athens/ Greece and received in 2003 the Master of Fine Art with Prof.Rebecca Horn. 2005 he received the grant of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Berlin.
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