“wood, waves & energy”

Jörg Gläscher
Jörg Gläscher
In Paderborn, five museums are jointly dedicating themselves to one theme: water. The Stadtmuseum shows the exhibition: "wood, waves and energy" sculpture, photographs and video works by laif photographer Jörg Gläscher.

Jörg Gläscher shows in the monastery garden of the city museum a “wave” built of fine-grained branches, a form of a natural phenomenon consisting of water, familiar at first sight – piled high, just before it breaks, static in its powerful presence of a sculpture. Jörg Gläscher’s wave is about the energy of water.

His works in the exhibition are one chapter of a larger group of works, the “diary complex”. Jörg Gläscher developed the work during the Corona Pandemic 2020-21 in Hamburg and in Leipzig. From his own experiences during the pandemic he created different photographic approaches, reflections and representations about the power and violence of nature. While the first works were still purely photographic, with the series on wooden waves he began to intervene in nature himself, installing objects and sculptures in the forest.

The preview of the exhibition at the City Museum, which is intended to arouse curiosity about the entire project “Panta rhei. Water Moves” is on Friday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. Jörg Gläscher will be present.

The entire exhibition project “Panta rhei” will be formally opened for invited guests on Saturday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m., in the Audience Hall in the castle. At 6 p.m. the big museum night with all museums in Paderborn and in Schloß Neuhaus will start.

During the museum night on August 26, 6 p.m. to midnight, the Leipzig photographer will be a guest in the city museum.



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To accompany the exhibition, an artist’s book with all of Jörg Gläscher’s “waves” built and photographed to date will be published by Hartmann Books, Stuttgart:

Twelve Waves – the simple title gives an indication of the number, but not of the type of waves Jörg Gläscher presents with this book.
In physical terms, a wave is a spatially propagating periodic oscillation, or a disturbance of a state of equilibrium. Gläscher’s “waves” are the opposite of this definition. They are “standing” waves created with broken and found wood, sculptures built in the forest.

These wooden waves are the expression and result of the long phases of unaccustomed imposed silence, reflection, doubt and uncertainty since the first corona wave in 2020. The forest was a place of retreat for Jörg Gläscher during this time, and from the experience and confrontation with nature, ideas emerged that moved away from the documentary photography in which Gläscher had worked until then, and which in the end led to the twelve waves in this book.
With these works he expands the medium of photography, to which he had devoted himself after studying with Prof. Timm Rautert at the HGB Leipzig, but does not leave it completely – he documents his sculptures with photographs that contrast the lonely mood of the woods with the dynamic wave formations and make the waves visible in all their force and mysteriousness.