Metal springs, bentwood furniture, porcelain dishes, school coat racks, plastic handles, wooden slats—Karsten Konrad assembles everyday found objects to create architectural explosions. He boldly interweaves disposable products, junk, and valuable materials to create three-dimensional tags or sculptural items of graffiti that associatively and intuitively follow an entirely new and unique rhythm.
The installation object Konrad created especially for the C/O Berlin cafe has a skeleton of lines and circles. Its woven structure penetrates the elongated room like a colorful line of sheet music – a series of plastic notes in a big city’s soundtrack. The work is a dynamic and thrilling portrayal of urban heterogeneity in which the rich and the poor, the expensive and the cheap jostle up against one another.
Karsten Konrad was born in Würzburg in 1962. He studied art at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz as well as sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London and at Berlin University of the Arts with David Evison and Marina Abramović. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the Esbjerg Art Museum, the Berlin Academy of the Arts, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the Helsinki Art Museum and at the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin. He was a guest lecturer in sculpture at the Berlin University of the Arts and at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Karsten Konrad lives and works in Berlin.