Tension (1989) Ewerdt Hilgemann
Eight red painted curved steel tubes of six meters wide hang randomly between two facades in the Hooglandstraat. In his autonomous work, Hilgemann integrates natural forces such as gravity, air pressure and erosion. He creates conditions to make these forces visible. With the tubes clamped between the walls, the work evokes a physical tension that has become entangled with time with the experience of that place and at the same time functions as an underpass. This tension is constantly evoked and turns a simple everyday passage into a special experience. With this work Hilgemann made a reference to demolition and new construction, supports and props. It seems that the tubes help to keep the buildings in place, or are otherwise pushed out of shape by the buildings, but of course that is not the case. Hilgemann collaborated with artists such as Joost Baljeu, Marinus Boezem, Ad Dekkers, Jan van Munster and Carel Visser. This group is known as the Gorcums Museum Gorcum School mentioned. Hilgemann has become internationally known for its sculptures, called "Implosion": Imploded stainless steel cubes that have been vacuumed by the artist. His work is counted as geometric abstract art.
Ewerdt Hilgemann (Witten, 1938) is a German artist who has lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1970. From 1977 to 1998 he taught sculpture at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. After 1998 he regularly stays and exhibits in Los Angeles. From 1980 to 2003 he was a member of the Dutch Circle of Sculptors NKVB.