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144 pp.
23 × 29 cm
144 ills. in colour and b/w
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English / German
ISBN: 978-3-89790-491-0
Available on 2017-04-20 
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FRANZ X. HÖLLER

Glass – 1980–2017

Eva Schmitt / Peter Schmitt / Anna Wheill

In the glass art by Franz Xaver Höller (b. 1950) artisanal techniques rich in tradition, such as cutting and engraving, collide with modern forms. Vibrantly sculptural bodies engraved on the surface with fine lines, the drawing of which generates impressive depth via the incidental light, make up the vessels and objects that he has created over the last thirty-five years. Sharp edges protrude and challenge the conception of a harmonious form.
 
The publication illustrates all stages of Höller’s development, drawing the view to the artist’s multi-variant language of forms. Large-format details reveal the beauty and precision of the meticulous workmanship. Accomplished authors expound sources of inspiration as well as turning points in creativity, while preliminary sketches afford insights into the developmental process of his works.
 
In the glass art by Franz Xaver Höller (b. 1950) artisanal techniques rich in tradition, such as cutting and engraving, collide with modern forms. Vibrantly sculptural bodies engraved on the surface with fine lines, the drawing of which generates impressive depth via the incidental light, make up the vessels and objects that he has created over the last thirty-five years. Sharp edges protrude and challenge the conception of a harmonious form.

The publication illustrates all stages of Höller’s development, drawing the view to the artist’s multi-variant language of forms. Large-format details reveal the beauty and precision of the meticulous workmanship. Accomplished authors expound sources of inspiration as well as turning points in creativity, while preliminary sketches afford insights into the developmental process of his works.


 

Posted 13 February 2017

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Waiting for the book after its presentation at Galerie Am Museum, Fraunenau, Germany, ‘Franz X. HÖLLER – GLAS/Glass - 1980-2017' for retrospective exhibit May 8 - July 15, 2017, it arrived today.
As always with books from Arnoldsche Art Publishers, a well-made book, it’s ultra aesthetic and a perfect fit for Höller’s work. Eva Schmitt explained in Franz X. Höller: Traces of Design how his sculpturing uses sawing and cutting, graphic techniques to engrave, score or scratch, and etch. No doubt these are monumental works, if not in size then surely in attitude and quality: with large gestures and an absence of decoration, Höller’s sculptures have clear shapes and his handling of the surface results in form and surface being one and the same.

Schmitt defines Höller’s working process in the chapter Early Works 1980-2000 illustrated with excellent, full-page photographs on his glass sculptures, drawings and details.

Peter Schmitt wrote the chapter Thoughts on the Works of Franz Xaver Höller, he explains how the artist’s career began at fourteen, as an apprentice glass cutter for blown glass where Höller acquired knowledge of glass history and techniques that gradually unleashed him to freely handle glass as material to be sculpted. By questioning techniques -how thick the wall of a glass object could be in order to be carved, or by using shards when the glass broke, and by examining its different properties -all this contributed to Höller’s sculptures that are honest and have images of amazing clarity. Photographs follow Höller’s work as it develops from 2000 through 2017, complete with details of scratches and related ideas. Finally, A letter to Höller by Anna Wheill and a well-written bio concludes this definitive book.

Franz X. HÖLLER – GLAS/Glass - 1980-2017 is a must-have for collectors and students alike, perfect as gift to glass lovers or just to bring home when visiting the exposition, for who want to understand how the power of ‘less is more’ is an essential quality.
Angela van der Burght

Book page
Installation „Projektion“, opt. Glas, geschliffen, Bleielement gegossen
2009, 95cm x H 35,5 x T 15 cm
Installation Projection, optical glass, cut, lead cast
Photo: © Franz X. Höller

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„Paar XII“, Danner-Preis 2005, Rubin- und Topasglas, Kröselschmelze, Schliff- und Gravur-Nachbearbeitung
2005, à D 17 cm, H 47 cm
Pair XII, Danner Award 2005, ruby and topaz glass, pate de verre, cut and engraved finishing
Photo: © George Meister

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„Paar XIX“, bernsteinfarbiges Glas, Kröselschmelze
2011, à 31,5 x 35 x 10 cm
Pair XIX, amber-coloured glass, pate de verre
Photo: © Franz X. Höller

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