Watching the late Hans Josephson work in his studio silently places the mind into a blissful state of quiet. His work is contained in the Swiss La Congiunta museum, in Giornico, which is devoted to his work. The film that records his studio work offers admirable meditation from a life that has gracefully dealt with tragedy.
The humanity of the Artist is etched onto the surface of each work in the form of fingerprints, smears and scrapes left intentionally on the finished texture of the piece. The enormity of each piece in conjunction with its honesty means that the work defines the space around it.
This work shows how feelings emerge from the flesh. Hans Josephson captures the enormity of the human experience in solid works with a profound gravity. Layers of plaster are placed onto the work only to be removed later by the Artist to create the shapes on display. This technique strips away any barriers the final structure may have that separate itself from the viewer. As a result of this the human figurines bear an incredible truth.
One work bleeds into another. In shaping the distorted abstract figures each human life is treated with dignity and detail. It is the bubbling emotions buried so deep within that surface emerging on their own terms that invites the viewer back for a second and third visit.
Throughout the exhibition each human life is equal with a similar weight given to revealing the emotions behind their personalities. Watching the rhythm of the Artist create these pieces of sculpture in his studio feels like the definition of silence. Walking around the finished sculpture, sometimes with faces, so huge I feel like a small planet circling the globe, in the hush of this museum, I reckon that silence is the most precious gift you can give a fellow human being. Silence oozes dignity.
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