If ever there was an ethereal place, a place that only existed in our imaginations, it would be…
the world of: Urs-P.Twellmann
Stories of fantasy, deep psychological machinations, intense love and adventure. These are the experiences that Urs-P. Twellman’s environments are made of. Twellmann, a “land artist builds Temporal scullptures that cause one to ‘highly experience’ a beautiful sense of place that is at once totally natural but one hundred percent manipulated by design.
Swiss-born Twellmann collects found woods and other organic materials at each selected site. Very particular with the chain saw, Urs chops, chips, weaves, pounds, threads, files, and bends soft and hard woods. woods into arches, spheres, fitted block from terra firma. Later the completed the artwork is documented with photography. Twellmann continuously creates a tangible-trick-of-the-mind, and then pushes it all back into the earth.
Twellmann’s inspiration comes from a visit to an area that moves him. He sketches ideas and collects organic materials at the lay. The end result, though planned, can end up somewhat of a surprise to even Twellmann himself. Part of the art is letting the art take shape as dictated by the process. Americans have Patrick Doherty, whom is also enraptured by fine organic wood structures and famous for “The Catywompas” and many other structures mainly of twigs and meticulously knitted branches. They are enormous structures of combed woods, sometimes structures that one can walk through. Doherty, bends endlessly, maniacally, nesting stringing limbs into an otherworldly structure. While my sons and I had fun romping through the Catywompus at Los Angeles County Arboreteum at Arcadia California, I realize now Dohertey’s structures have nowhere the grandiosity of Twellmann’s “christo-like” structures of place and time. A wooden ball is made of so many perfectly fitted trunks and chunks. Twellmann is mad with creating entire organic temporary landscapes. Whether those structures be”moment in time” structures that you can sometimes touch, you can always marvel at them or see them after they have been given back to the earth…in photographs.
“My main focus lies on transforming. In this process – where destruction and creation become as one – materials are collected and analysed; they get bent, broken, split and cut to become new forms or are arranged in a different context. The individual process can be long or short, free flowing or troublesome, can be hard physical work and lead through phases of chaos, disorientation and uncertainty – but it has to be a new challenge every time, resulting in expanding experiences and journeys of discovery. While I am interested in all materials, it’s wood in all its variations, conditions and forms I usually prefer to work with,” says Twellmann. All Twellman’s structures are transitory structures, just as temporary as the earth itself.