Gerhard Petzl

"Universe" (in chocolate)

Art-Installation at Halloren chocolate museum, Germany (permanent exhibition)

A freestyle chocolate art composition where all the components and possibilities of chocolate using techniques are shown. Combined with the worldwide unique naturally grown chocolate crystal art founded by Gerhard and used from 4 different continents, some aged already up to 9 years.

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Abmessungen : 320 cm x 145 cm x 165 cm (Height, Width, Depth)
Gewicht : 65 kg
Jahr : 2017
Material : Mixed Media, Installation

Gerhard Petzl

Als Schokoladenkünstler und Bildhauer bin ich global einer der wenigen, die Kunst und essbare Materialien verbinden und auf höchster professioneller Ebene erstellen. Habe mich in den letzten Jahren als typischer 'Handwerker und Dienstleister' damit global etabliert. Sei es entweder eine personalisierte Büste (nach der Fotovorlage des Klienten), individuelle Projekte und Skulpturen für Firmen, Galerien, Museen und Kunstliebhaber oder eine Live-Performance auf der Bühne.

"Schokoladen Body Paintings", die ich bei Live Shows und Clubbings auf der Bühne zelebriere.

Pionier der "Schokoladenkristall-Kunst", wo ich die visuelle Schönheit der Schokoladenkristalle näher untersuche und sie als grossformatige Editionen oder als Designobjekte anbiete.

Nach 15 Jahren im Beruf hatte ich mich 2003 entschieden eine künstlerische Ausbildung zu machen und besuchte daher die Meisterschule für Kunst&Design (Bildhauerei) in Graz, Österreich und habe diese mit einem Diplom abgeschlossen. Seither arbeite ich auch mit anderen Medien, wie Bronze, Stein, Holz, Fotografie, Videos, Malerei und Grafiken. Mich einzuordnen ist schwierig, aber gerade in so vielen verschiedenen Medien tätig zu sein, reflektiert die Schönheit und Fülle der Kunst. Nachdem ich über 40 Länder bereist habe fliessen diese Erlebnisse und kulturellen Unterschiede auch oft in meine Kunstwerke ein. Ein wesentliches Element sind aber sicher die Licht und Schatten Wirkungen meiner Arbeiten, denn hinter jedem physischem Werk steht auch ein imaginärer Schatten, den es zu kontrollieren gilt (oder auch nicht).

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