Woehrl, born 1974 in Munich, presents a new series of sculptures and wallworks. Reminiscent of barrels and kegs this minimalist group of works is made of found and formerly used doors in different colours and qualities, showing either shabby patina or high quality veneer. Woehrl's contemporary, disrespectful but yet affectionate approach towards the modernist notion of sculpture and his affinity for crafts and traditional cultural practices feature him as one of the most important sculptors of his generation. In preperation for his show he visited the last active cooper in Munich, exchanging ideas about techniques, forms, history and future aspects of this disappearing craft.
"Martin Woehrl's works always involve content from art and the everyday, style and value, form and surface as well as intention and projection. When one observes the totality of his works one detects a wealth of facets, but also their stringency: from the furniture and wooden-floor installations through the works referring to architecture and those quoting artists to those engaging with ornament and decoration. (...) The objects he quotes and produces in enlarged form as well as in alienated materials take on specific meanings. Martin Woehrl transforms their symbolism by changing the objects. (...) The artist is taken by the forming or shaping of living environments and living conditions which become further moulded by aspects of cultural history such as architecture, design, fine art, film and music." (Angelika Nollert: Forms of being, in: Martin Woehrl, So viel Schoenheit, so viel Freude, auch fuer uns Menschen von heute, Nuremberg 2010.)
Martin Woehrl studied at the Akademie der bildenden Kuenste in Munich. Recent shows include: Kunsthalle Mannheim, Kunsthalle Muenchen and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris. Woehrl lives and works in Munich.