LARS J. FISCHEDICK: LIVING YOUR DREAM

The fine art scene in Cape Town has never been better, with a plethora of talented local and international artists showcasing their masterpieces to the knowledgeable Cape Town public, together with a string of tourists this summer

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One of the emerging stars in the groundbreaking geometrical art scene is German-born Lars J. Fischedick, who has received rave reviews with his popular new exhibition at the trendy Eclectica Contemporary in Cape Town.

The deep-thinking Fischedick grew up in Freiburg near the Black Forest in Germany and developed his love of art at the Waldorf School, which encourages creativity and lateral thinking from an early age.

Fischedick’s first career was in architecture but he still harboured a love for the arts, which eventually emerged after his architecture business started to flounder seven years ago, causing an unexpected side-effect.

He explains the origins of his art, ”When I look back seven years ago, when I started off, rather out of a moment of frustration because my business was going under, I pulled out a piece of wood, started carving and then realised that, actually, this is what I always wanted to do and my childhood dream came resurfaced. The very first thing that came up naturally was projective geometry, which is something I got from the Waldorf School. So, projective geometry, in comparison to your quotient geometry, is a different approach, its non-measure—you don’t measure, it’s all about proportion and construction,” explains the jovial artist.

Architecture in art

Fischedick incorporates much of his architectural background in his art and has already sold several masterpieces with historical significance. One of his best being an aerial view of Berlin showing the divide between east and west from a geometrical perspective, including the fine detail of the layout of the streets, for example, all carved out to scale. ”The architecture came in, then, through the aerial views. When I start carving, I start off with a piece of wood and I do the first carve—it immediately looks like an area, a line going from A to B, a road or a division between two areas. As soon as I make the second or the third line, in my eyes it immediately becomes three-dimensional, I immediately see lines like vector lines actually in space,” he explains.

So, does he have a vision beforehand of what the art will look like at the end?

”It comes either way, I meditate regularly and I come out of the meditation with two or three images that I take and put them in my sketchbook. Looking back, even though I’m an architect and I plan things as well, and I sketch and develop ideas, I can’t really say anymore which one has been developed and which one came through meditation. It’s a process actually,” he insists.

Fischedick incorporates his professional side versus his ultra-creative side and mixes it into his critically-acclaimed art.

”It’s very much coming together, especially in this show, which showcases the variety of ideas and scenes I’m working on. It’s not only one style I follow, there’s a vast variety of things I’m interested in—calligraphy, historical elements of human nature. Questions like, Where do we come from, where do we go?” Poetry, philosophy—it’s all kinds of things that swirl around in my head I guess. Physics too.

”I was lucky enough to have my first show in Germany this year and it was a milestone for me because I went back to Germany. I left Germany 15 years ago as an architect and came back as an artist, and I brought my baby home who I’m nurturing now. I’m following my calling,” he says with heartfelt glee.

Originality

His work is unique and original, which is a great deal of the appeal. Seldom do you see fine art and geometry/architecture mixed together so well.

“It’s actually purely original, in a way, that I let myself fall into things. Already, as a little boy, I always ran into things, I didn’t consider the consequences, which did get me into trouble sometimes. On the other hand, it’s opened up the possibility of seeing new things, meeting people whom I would never have met through being like that, and the art is similar. I go with something I’ve seen, I have an idea, I make a sketch and that sketch gets developed further and further and then two or three years later, there’s the one sketch,” he says.

“But then something happens and that same sketch transforms into another dimension, which I didn’t know when I did the sketch. Then, through my development—mentally or through growing, I would say—all of a sudden, I see the very same sketch in a new light,” he adds.

Materials

Wood is undoubtedly his favourite canvas, giving him a plethora of layers and options to work with as the piece develops in front of his very eyes.

“The base is mainly wood. I use wood, all sorts of wood—manufactured woods like plywood and multiplex and things like that. But it’s about the layers, so when I work with my axe, for example, I peel out the layers, I work through the layers and make them visible. I also use solid woods, Vengai, African hardwoods, which is really nice,” Fischedick says.

Black and white

Something that is notable in his art is the rich contrast between black and white, and light and darkness.

He explains, “Yes, you look everywhere and it is black and white. You can look at people with different skin colours, black and white, but there are all the other nuances. It’s about contrast and if we were to actually work with this energy, which is obviously there between different people, in a positive way, we could actually change the world.”

“Isaac Newton said shadow is the absence of light and after looking through a prism for a brief moment, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, ‘Newton, you’re wrong, shadow and light are dualities, they need each other’. The shadow has the same rights or the same gravitas as the light and in between, you get all the colours. There is an energy happening between these two. Recently, a friend of mine told me how scientists discovered that when a sunray leaves the sun, the information of the shadow is in the sunray already. I find it quite fascinating but so it’s not about the black, it’s about the contrast of the black and the white,” he concludes.

If you are in the Cape Town area, be sure to check out his exhibition at Eclectica Contemporary in Cape Town in October, it is a feast for the senses. 

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