GAHR, Welded Modern Art

Herbert Gahr

1951 born in Salzburg/Austria
1972 master's in mechanical engineering
1975 master's as a welder
1980 starts working as a freelance metal artist
till 2013
2014 died of cancer at 30th july

Herbert Gahr, Metallk√ľnstler

BREAK is a determining element in most my works. The most radical BREAK was on the beginning of my artistic activity. On my thirtieth birthday I finished my job of production manager in a metal construction company in order to dedicate myself henceforth to the art.

The way from candle luminaire to casino gate along the Kärnterstraße lasted exactly 10 years. It always gave new feelings of success which allowed to forget all difficulties, save the financial ones.

The broken edge appeared again and again, either in broken glass, which in turn, breaks the light; or in the breaking of balls or lead.

For BREAK-up of cylinder fountains I was inspired by broken-off tree trunks from the swath of an avalanche in the Hochkönig-region, in the same way as the NATURE on the whole is my tutor. The Natural Weld which begins in a most inconspicuous way, grows and grows, it is accidentally apparent. I believe that The Natural Weld will survive, for it has nothing to do with 'dictated' lines in contemporary design.

Nowadays design is made, in most cases, by somebody with the help of the computer and then reproduced by others, it makes things so SOULLESS.

Welds are used in my objects in the capacity of decorative element. They perform the valuable function of joining the break and reinforcing The Natural Weld. In a ready object through it the energy can be felt which was introduced in the process of formation.