Sculptor, Reinhard Skoracki is up to his old tricks. The work for the show ‘Wanderlust’ demonstrates a series of provocative investigations of nature and the nature of man with a healthy dose of good humour. Nothing is sacred in the world of art, and humour is the best antidote to life’s confusing moral conundrums. What better medium to materialize ideas than sculpture, which makes absent present and present absent?
Reinhard Skoracki was born in Germany and immigrated to Canada in the early 1990’s. He studied at the Alberta College of Art + Design and received his B.F.A. from the University of Calgary in 1997. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale, the Museum of Fine Arts in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the WG Kunst in Amsterdam, and in Tinos, Greece and Shanghai, China. His work has been published in ‘New Art International’ (Book Art Press, NY, 1998), ‘Artful Jesters’ (Nicholas Roukes, 2003) and ‘The Sculpture Reference Illustrated’ (Arthur Williams, 2005).
Known and well loved for his “table top melodramas”, Reinhard has completed numerous large scale commissions in recent years, including an outdoor donor recognition piece for the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta, a 17 foot tall outdoor sculpture of the University of Calgary, Alberta and two multi-media installations for the Alberta Investment Management Corporation in Edmonton, Alberta. Author, Nicholas Roukes wrote about Reinhard’s work: “Unlike black humor, which presents a world gone mad and without hope, Skoracki’s art is admittedly caustic satire, but closer to Pantagruelism – the Rabelaisian philosophy of dealing with serious matters in a spirit of broad and somewhat cynical good humor.”
Reinhard Skoracki’s exhibition, “Wanderlust” opens on September 14th, 2013 and runs until October 12.