Kurt Hüpfner's Sculptures and Assemblages

Hüpfners plastic oeuvre is usually based on a systematic translation of a single drawing into a tridimensional object. Because of that fact it is that these figures often hold perspective-deformation in their execution, which has its origin in the drawing. The Contour is already created on the paper and forms the essence for the implementation. Hüpfner is selecting the material by reason of his financial possibilities, which also explains the use of located construction material and trash in his artwork. A lot of sculptures exist of terracotta and gypsum, rarely of wood or Ytong. As a closing step before completion the sculptures are usually painted with acyl and finally Hüpfner is using oil for patina.

The artist has an accurate concept about how the observer should regard his artworks later. Over time Hüpfner develops installations and is combining objects into new artworks. These are connected for example with different paintings, sculptures and other items. These numerous artworks can be summarized in different artwork groups. One of these groups of sculptures shows similarities to fetish and totem figures in ethnic cultures. Hüpfner is creating these figures out of waste products by reason of financial hardship. The sculptural series “Archäologische Zone” and “Gräberreihe” are depicting tridimensional scenic representations, which are populated by a small wooden figure, representing the artist himself. There are similarities to other sculptural miniatures like the serial “Denkmäler” depicting monuments for personalities or events. Beside these scenic sculptures there are also numerous of figures arising, which are either depicting people from daily life of the artist or tragic heroes from myth, religion or history.