Harry Schumacher

Bird

Why don’t we find shelter in nature? The egg is a little fresco.

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Abmessungen : 54 cm x 26 cm x 38 cm (Height, Width, Depth)
Gewicht : 4 kg
Jahr : 2016
Material : Holz, Keramik, Gips, Metall
Bearbeitung : Guss
Stil : modern, zeitgenössisch, poetisch, symbolistisch, surreal

Harry Schumacher

Harry Schumacher denounces the way humanity treats nature. We place ourselves above, although we are part of it. We see nature as a laboratory for our benefit. Harry creates an alternative world to increase our engagement with nature. In the works a representation of human characteristics gets us involved. Separate works zoom into an aspect of our attitude towards nature, but the collection of works forms the whole picture, like an alternative world. Harry Schumacher exhibits in museums, galleries and theme exhibitions all over the world.

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Legacy, as humans we are part of nature, which feeds us literally. In spite of that we often place ourselves above and we think we have the right to use nature as it pleases us. Nature develops through time, people who try to hold on to their acquired values are standing still.
Harry Schumacher
Defence 02, the work "Defence" exists of vertebras forming a circle. It's the cloning of one existing vertebra as a basic link of a chain. The S-Form of the spinal column doesn't suite our lifestyle anymore. It’s a futuristic vision of the introvert, non flexible human caused by evolution.
Harry Schumacher
Strings, this piece is a contemporary version of the classic fairground attraction "Pulling Strings". Instead of worthless prices, you can win new life. The embryos represent the circle of life by eating their own tail (Uroboros). The prices are no surprise; following the thread you can influence the outcome. Natural selection in the hands of people follow other criteria, than when it's left to run its course. How does it feel to have the power in the selection of new life?
Harry Schumacher
Composure, do you sleep well at night, dreaming about nature?
Harry Schumacher
Quixote, a universal thought. For the outside world a crazy man that fights with windmills. In his heart an idealist who holds on to his own believes and makes the outside world look crazy.
Harry Schumacher
Exhibition at “Korenbeurs”, Schiedam, The Netherlands with the works “Seeds”, “Manipulation” and “Legacy”.
Harry Schumacher
Riverdelta, Harry Schumacher was invited for a symposium in Trstenice in the Czech Republic. The village stretches along a small, partly dry river in an oblong valley. The East/West trade route through the village is visualized as the connection in two directions between two points. The work consists of two V-shaped riverdelta's, which only touch in one place. In a riverdelta water searches its way from high to low. The liquid in the artwork flows against the current. The area is the center of water flowing in two opposite directions, to the North Sea and to the Black Sea. The map forms the Czech Republic, still struggling between East and West. I choose to make the work on location and made every day the trip through the village with a trolley to get into contact with the people as a part of the artwork.
Harry Schumacher
Hierarchy, the mountain of sand starts at the top in the box and find its way down through eight groups of circular orientated holes. The holes have their influence on the trail of the sand. The sand carries the box. The work is a metaphor for a hierarchy based society. A performance comments on the hierarchic system by taking sand from the lowest part and pour it into the box on top endlessly. The performance of over 20 hours took place at the "No Walls Expo" during the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair of 2016.
Harry Schumacher
Fallen, the work "Fallen" tries to involve the viewer into the destiny of nature. Originally the installation stands right up, but is presented as if it's fallen over. The endings of the branch that seem to escape the cage are covered in bandages, so are the joints of the cage. The blood washes away over time, but the wounds remain. Who's (playing) the victim?
Harry Schumacher
Caged, this work deals with the division of mankind and the rest of nature. People think they stand above nature, but eventually nature will overcome. From the point of view of "the other" a new insight of ones place could emerge. The work changes by the position of the beholder towards the trees. The birches stand closer and closer together and will appear to form a row of bars. With the viewer close to the bars watching nature, nature seems to be caged. From the point of view of nature (telescope) the humans behind the bars seem to be physically confined. The ocular in the telescope is placed reversed, to emphasize the created distance and gives the telescope a gunsight.
Harry Schumacher
Against All Odds, for the sculpture garden Ravesteijn a site specific work has been made. In memory of all the perished refugees at see a work about the dangerous journey. For almost all it is not a choice, but a way of survival. The work exists of a small boat with a proportional huge figurehead to enforce a save journey. No woodcarving but an original tree to hold on to life itself. The boat is connected with the tree by bandages, with fists as a variation on the Hamsa (protection) with Nazar (evil eye). The Hamsa are not suited for the weather influences and will drown.
Harry Schumacher
Autumn Leaves, this work for the entrance of a crematorium forms a bond with the tree reaching through the roof. The tree as a metaphor for life, the reaching is the life fully lived. The memory forms the bond we keep with the deceased The circle of leaves around the tree are the nearest loved ones on whom the deceased made his/hers mark, the blown off leaves represent the wider ambit that has been moved.
Harry Schumacher
Defence
The work "Defence" exists of vertebras forming a closed circle. It is the evolution of the human spine into a non-flexible backbone. It should be inevitable if the human race continues in the direction it is going. What kind of creature could live with this kind of spine is left to the imagination. It could be the last configuration before extinction.
Harry Schumacher, Mixed Media, Holz
Awareness
Three times the same muscle structure, two up and one upside down. Tough becomes vulnerable. The triptych is connected by wires. For the Kunstschouw the prices are reduced.
Harry Schumacher, Mixed Media, Kunstharz
Chain
Mixed Media on Felt in Lead
Harry Schumacher, Mixed Media, Textil
Seeds
Seeds are shown in two different ways. On the scale they are shown as a value in weight. On the branch they're shown (as they are) as a gift from nature. Over time there representation can change. Balance in a physical way and in nature's way.
Harry Schumacher, Holz, Naturstoffe
Composure
A pillow is stuck in a branch, the features of a face appear like the pillow is suffocating someone. Maybe the extinction of mankind would mean the survival of the planet.
Harry Schumacher, Holz, Textil
Space and Time
An organism, just existing of two legs and wearing a diaper is tied to the wall to limit it’s space. The part of the wall it can reach in width is covered in drawings of bodyparts the organism lacks, as a wishful dream in growth. Apart from the limitation in movement the rope also keeps the creature in balance, almost learning it to walk. Worldwide a lot of people have to deal with just the “right” amount of oppression to keep them barely alive, but silent. The row of drawings on the wall will change over time because of the acid-rich paper.
Harry Schumacher, Holz, Installation
Arctic
We use nature as a laboratory which gives us the right to do with it what we want. For an old butcher shop in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, I made a site-specific artwork installation dealing with a specific event. The event is the economical fight for the arctic in the search for oil. A struggle for the preservation of the arctic itself should be a lot more meaningful. The event got in the news when people of Greenpeace were held as hostages by the Russian Federation. The news was no longer about the damage done to the arctic, and so to nature worldwide. Attention needed to go back to the original problem, so I made this installation to pick up the initial debate. There were lectures and debates with Greenpeace and it got quite a lot of publicity.
Harry Schumacher, Eis, Metall
Education
This work exists of a blackboard taken out of context. The void in the frame of the blackboard is fixed in an amateuristic way, providing some stability for now. The sentence “Have we not learned anything yet” stands for making the same mistakes, over and over. Short term solutions and the lack of a long term vision. The branch needs blood by transfusion to survive.
Harry Schumacher, Holz, Mixed Media
Hierarchy
The mountain of sand starts at the top in the box and find its way down through eight groups of circular orientated holes. The holes have their influence on the trail of the sand. The sand carries the box. The work is a metaphor for a hierarchy based society. A performance comments on the hierarchic system by taking sand from the lowest part and pour it into the box on top endlessly. The performance of over 20 hours took place at the "No Walls Expo" during the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair of 2016.
Harry Schumacher, Performance, Installation
Against All Odds
For the sculpture garden Ravesteyn a site specific work has been made. In memory of all the perished refugees at see a work about the dangerous journey. For a lot of people it is not a choice, but a way of survival. The work exists of a small boat with a proportional huge figurehead to enforce a save journey. No woodcarving but an original tree to hold on to life itself. The boat is connected with the tree by bandages, with fists as a variation on the Hamsa (protection) with Nazar (evil eye). The Hamsa are not suited for the weather influences and will drown.
Harry Schumacher, Holz, Installation
Legacy
As humans we are part of nature, which feeds us literally. In spite of that we often place ourselves above and we think we have the right to use nature as it pleases us. Nature develops through time, people who try to hold on to their acquired values are standing still.
Harry Schumacher, Holz, Textil
Bones
Bones are created with a pendular movement. As an installation it could be the result of an excavation. The transparent facing catches the light like a winding-sheet, a glimpse of what has been…
Harry Schumacher, Mixed Media, Papier
Content
The branch is just a hollow shell. On the back a structure wraps around it. Something can be added to acquire content.
Harry Schumacher, Holz, Mixed Media
Riverdelta
Harry Schumacher was invited for a symposium in Trstenice in the Czech Republic. The village stretches along a small, partly dry river in an oblong valley. The East/West trade route that should have gone through the village is the starting point of the artwork. In a graphic sense a trade route is the connection in two directions between two points. The work consists of two V-shaped riverdelta's like two turned away arrows, which only touch in one place. In a riverdelta the water searches its way from high to low. The liquid in the artwork flows against the current. The area is the center of water flowing in two opposite directions, to the Baltic Sea and to the Black Sea. The map forms the Czech Republic, still struggling between East and West. I choose to make the work of art on location and made every day the trip through the village with a trolley to get into contact with the people as a part of the artwork.
Harry Schumacher, Installation, Naturstoffe
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