|The artist Wolfgang Stocker (l) and myself (r)|
If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things. - Vincent Van Gogh
There is a certain point of unity within the self, and between the self and its world, a certain complicity and magnetic mating, a certain harmony that conscious mind and will cannot direct . . . swifter, subtler, deeper, more accurate, more in touch with reality than command by conscious mind. The discovery takes one's breath away. - Michael Novak
artworks courtesy of
- Wolfgang Stocker
Yesterday evening was spent in the presence of Wolfgang Stocker who explained to me his working methods and his ideas. The two quotes highlighted above neatly sum up his artistic philosophy better than any words of mine can do.
Wolfgang Stocker works with a plethora of materials including paint, charcoal, wood, ceramic, granite, marble, bronze, wire, steel, polystyrene . . . the list seems endless. He showed me stones and rocks collected from quarries, fields and riverbeds awaiting the attention of his drills and chisels.
Here is a creative man at ease with the implements and tools and the raw materials of his trade; a dedicated artist blessed with finely honed intelligence, deep perception and limitless vision.
And all in balance.