2 parts of wood

Overall dimensions: 24 x 175 x 73 cm (9 7/16 x 68 7/8 x 28 3/4 in.)

Two pieces of wood overlap in a configuration of radical simplicity. Their bevelled shape evokes a machining possibly previous to the action of the artist who places them thus, and by extension recalls the industrial use of wood, a natural substrate shaped by humans.

Wood is a recurrent concept in the works of Bernd Lohaus, who attempts to create expressive assemblages starting from simple materials – essentially wood, stone and paper. Azobé is a type of wood often used by the artist: particularly resistant to water, it is frequently used to reinforce riverbanks. By revealing the traces of use through bare aesthetics, as in this untitled work, all its historical essence comes through.

With the sculpture Untitled (2000), Bernd Lohaus radicalises his exploration of wood. It was first shown by the Pinault Collection at the 2016 “Accrochage” ("Hanging") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.
Bernd Lohaus's other artwork