Born in 1970 in Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia/Serbia, Nándor Angstenberger is a German Serbian artist working and living in Berlin, Germany.
Nándor is a multi-media sculptor. His works are often large in scale, filling up the exhibition space in new and intriguing ways. The parts making up a whole sculpture come from a wide range of material. From man-made materials like polystyrene, to natural sources like stones and shells, feathers, berries, and sugar.
Nándor Angstenberger creates scenes out of his sculptures. He set each piece of a whole in place to engage the viewer in a riveting story. Describing himself as “a builder of worlds”, the artist uses materials the world has to offer in his sculptures. The materials Nándor uses are not traditional in the craft of sculpture. Using primarily found objects, the artist offers his artworks a secondary layer of meaning. Whilst the artist arranges these objects in a certain way to convey a story, an idea, a proposal for the future, the found objects retain their own story. Sometimes accessible to Nándor Angstenberger. Sometimes inaccessible to anyone that looks upon the sculpture.
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“If somebody is asking me, what my artistic field as a Visual Artist is, I answer: “I am literally a builder of the worlds”.
But I am also a collector, an archivist, a folder, a cutter, a curious seeker and a finder.
My organic growing constructions are neither models for something or of something.
These constructions are life drafts, suggestions or proposals for new ideas and space concepts, but also drafts for not realisable constructions out of intermediate worlds. My materials, which I use, are mostly found objects, left behind, forgotten or lost. These materials have patina, they have marks of scratches, discolorations or deformations, but these life marks are making this material, my working material, valuable. The material is mostly very small, often overlooked, but in its compilation the magic of things develops.
And I use found objects out of nature, too. I want to invite the observer, to explore the small things of daily life in a new way, to appreciate the beauty of the inconspicuous. My works are also comments on the crisis of privacy or the loss of stable identities, in our global world certainty gets dissolved, and absolutely everything turns into (work) material.”
Contemplation is what Nandor intends to inspire in the viewers of his work. The usage of found, everyday objects aids this process. By looking upon a fantastical and unfamiliar scene, the viewer realises it is made out of objects they have seen and interacted with in the everyday. This juxtaposition of the strange made out of the familiar positions the viewer of Nandor’s work in an exploration of the mundane and the appreciation of the beauty of normality.
The artist also engages in other socially pressing themes in his creations. Particularly, Nandor is concerned with commenting on the crisis of privacy with the rise of data and technology. Often, artworks created question the future of humankind in relation to machines. Another field of enquiry crucial to the artist is the loss of stable identities. Living between identities of belonging himself, Nandor creates powerful and gripping artworks that speak to those who suffer the same fate of uncertainty as himself in our contemporary world. The sculptures created address the loss of certainty through themes of transition, transformation, and dissolution.
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