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From 19 September 2020, a spontaneous, brief appearance of cheerful, colourful sculptures will be seen in Wertheim/Main, the city where "Flashmob", Ottmar Hörl's new, participatory art project is about to start.
Specifically for this intervention, Hörl has developed the figure of the "optimist" who, holding up his thumb, frankly and without being censored, shares his likes with the rest of the world offline.
The figures are arranged in a surprising manner and consecutively, in a random sequence over a number of days and largely in dissolved structures. Anyone can rearrange the little fellows, or take them with them and shoot pictures of them in new settings.
"As in all my works with serial sculptures for public space, the aspects of the temporary and nomadic play a central role here. I have abandoned the idea of creating works for eternity. I am interested in the idea of appearing and disappearing. The work I do as a sculptor will dissolve. People are invited to participate. And everyone who comes into contact with the installation, becomes part of a communicative process." (Ottmar Hörl)
This shifting into new settings also makes the ironic and subversive character of the intervention clear – will everything really be "all right" after all, and is everything everywhere "fit to be liked"?
The images that are uploaded under the hashtags #wertheimoptimist and #ottmarhoerloptimist will show it ...
Follow the travelling optimists on Instagram (#wertheimoptimist)
TRAVELLING EXHIBITION "SIEBEN TODSÜNDEN" [SEVEN DEADLY SINS]
May 2019 to June 2021
Please refer for the present exhibition location to the homepage of the organizer
GROUP EXHIBITION: "Leben im Krieg" ("Wartime life")
Historisches Museum Hanau Schloss Philippsruhe
Philippsruher Allee 45, Hanau
Extended to 27. March 2022
Tue-Sun 11 am to 6 pm
EXHIBITION IN THE ATRIUM: "2000m ABOVE SEA LEVEL. VORARLBERG, SILVRETTA AND ART"
vorarlberg museum Bregenz
27. March to 27. June 2021
Tue-Su 10 am - 6 pm
GROUP EXHIBITION: Bad RagARTz 2021 -
8. Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur
Stiftung Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur, Rolf und Esther Hohmeister
8. May to 31. October 2021
SOLO EXHIBITION "COEXISTENCE - 공존"
Indang-Museum in Daegu, Korea
13. May until 31. July 2021
SOLO EXHIBITION: "FLUID"
Venet-Haus Galerie Ulm
Finissage 18./19. June 2021, the artist is present
Whole-time with appointment!
GROUP EXHIBITION: "BLÜHSTREIFEN - ZWISCHEN TRAUM UND ZAUN" ("Wildflower strip - between dream and fence")
04. July until 03. October 2021