Catalogue SCULPTURES 1991 - 2001
Lida von Mengden Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen
Gerd Reutter's source material is flat or rolled slabs of clay. He constructs the
sculptures by joining the individual elements. This way he creates sculptures which
often remind on buildings, on fragments of architecture or components. The individual
elements the pieces of work are made of often do not seem to be directly connected,
for the observer they rather seem to remain individual bodies, loosely combined. That
is why these pieces of work have a certain open, sometimes also fragmentary character.
Overall the impression of an intentioned rawness, even an apparently unfinishedness
is used deliberately. That is why Reutter often leaves the surface of his pieces of work
in a raw, openly porous state, which does not loose this quality when the sculpture is
being coloured with Engobe. You would never find smoothened surfaces or shapes
among his pieces of work; even the bronzes casted from ceramics have maintained this
fundamental openness of expression.