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Lutz Hornischer - Sculptures & Wood Art

Lutz Hornischer - Sculptures & Wood Art

Berkeley, CA

"Sculptures and abstract wall art from reclaimed wood"
Lutz Hornischer is a abstract artist and sculptor working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His sculptures and wall art are inspired by nature, life and the uniqueness of the reclaimed wood he uses. He enjoys the specific challenge of transforming an old and rustic material such as reclaimed redwood into contemporary sculptures and fine art. In his work he leverages the architectural qualities of the wood by laminating wood boards into larger blocks, sculpting organic shapes and exploring dynamic grain and natural color patterns. The old wood he is using has scratches, cracks, knots and other imperfections that are similar to real life. Every piece of wood is like a person, with its unique character, challenges and strengths. Lutz yearns to give the wood a new life and he hopes his sculptures and wall art inspire people to find a new awareness, purpose and joy in their own life. His art should also set an example that sustainability and re-use of material is not just a necessity, but a beautiful and inspiring part of our existence and future.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"After carving and sanding I still don’t know how the final piece will look like. Only after I apply the linseed oil, the piece really comes to life with its vibrant natural colors, flowing grain lines and unique imperfections of the reclaimed wood. So, there is a lot of surprise and uncertainty in my work, which I enjoy, and so far I was not let down, simply because wood is a natural material, and nature is just beautiful."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I want to surprise and create an emotional connection with my work. When I tell people that my work is made out of old fence boards they are surprised that there is so much beauty hidden inside that old wood. They emotionally connect with my work because they see nature in my pieces, both in the material and the organic shapes of my work."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"The unexpected surprise: While working on a large sculpture, cut-off pieces of wood accumulated on the floor of my studio. One day, I noticed the scattered pieces forming a wave. I put the pieces on a table and played with them for a while, then I started gluing them together in a wave-like shape and eventually carved them. This first wall sculpture “The Wave” resulted into a completely new series (Nature) with over 30 artworks."
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"Reclaimed wood, mostly redwood is my material. I like the material because it is very unpredictable, has dramatic variations in grain and colors, offers many surprises and forces me to improvise, which I enjoy. Also, with my work I want to demonstrate that re-use of old material is not just a necessity but also a beautiful and inspiring part of our existence and future."
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What motivates and inspires you?

"My sculptures and wall art are inspired by nature, life and the uniqueness of the reclaimed wood I use. Each piece of wood is unique. I try to discover what wants to emerge. Sometimes, I can see it from the outside, but often I start carving to have the color and flow of the wood grain guide me.
Often, I skip the step of making a detailed drawing of the planned sculpture. I rather use the carving tools to “draw” directly into the wood – playing with the grain, colors and shapes and seeing what emerges."
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What makes a space special?

"Many modern designed spaces are characterized by hard surfaces such as concrete, steel and glass with clean and straight lines. My wooden art adds organically flowing shapes, warmth, natural colors and aliveness to those spaces."
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What’s unique about your work?

"I enjoy making large floor and wall sculptures out of small wood pieces, playing with the natural wood colors, wood grain, and imperfection of the wood. Most of my sculptures are made out of tens or hundreds of pieces of reclaimed wood.
Carving feels like painting to me. As I go deeper into the wood, new grain lines emerge, colors change and the piece develops layer by layer."
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