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Sculpture: Clay on Steel.
The craftsman has spent 12 years reconstructing the overwhelming baroque scenes of the Berlin Palace façade. This demanding work required an intensive confrontation with the Italian and northern European Baroque and general European sculptural tradition dating back to Greek antiquity.
This overwhelming and disrupted mass, hurrying on its path, pulls us into its stream. A fascinating rhythm flows through the powerful work, which is growing daily. By 2017 the total of clay figures will reach a complete set of 1,258 and some small groups and single figures.
The work is called “Transit,” in reference to Anna Seghers’ exile novel, which describes expulsion and flight. Korner read the book at 18 and forgot about it afterward, but in hindsight the themes of the literature never really left him. Transit – the passage.
The term refers to a mundane change of locations across a boarder, but it also describes a metaphysical transformation of people. Korner could have just created a single transitor, however it is the mass of figurines that gives the work its meaning. Transit is a message of hope and failure.
Side by side, in front of and behind each other, the figures align in a stair-like formation at a 45 degree angle: Holy figures, martyrs and prophets of every religion, delinquents of the Spanish Inquisition, stars, idols and icons of rock and pop music, mythological figures, fighters, soldiers with gas masks, comic book characters (such as Batman and Bart Simpson), veiled women, cult figures, suicide bombers with explosives strapped to them, as well as average people are included. They all find themselves in transit, going from one side to the other. Suicide bombers with explosives, sentences to death the heavily pregnant woman and batman, the avenger of the night.
This group also carries heavy suitcases and is positioned towards the left with one leg in front of the other, which carries a certain dynamism and tension.
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Size: 19.7 W x 51.2 H x 15.7 in