Rene Wagner: A7

Rene Wagner

Artwork’s Title: A7

Materials Used: Bronze, steel, wood, asphalt, car varnish

Studio Based: Kassel, documenta Halle

Rene Wagner, EXAMEM 2019, Kunsthochschule Kassel

Can you tell us about the process of making your work?

Observation of various subcultures in order to minimize them and to lift them to high culture.

How would you define your work in a few words (ideally in 3 words)?

Speed, noise, aesthetic. 

Would you use another three different words to describe the ‘A7’ artwork?

Disco muscle meets tuning parking lot.

How did you come up with this sculpture idea? Is there any story behind this artwork?

My inspiration comes from the german village. Sitting in bus stops with village friends after spraying graffiti, watch tuned cars passing by.

What colour is used the most in this artwork?

Car colours.  Most of the time heavy and noisy colours.

Is there any particular message that you wish your viewers can take from this painting?

The visitors should feel the beautiful memories of my youth.

What would be the best way to exhibit your work?

A good old bus stop in the museum of art.

Can you mention any artists you, lately or generally, take inspiration from?

Generally Wim Delvoye, Jeff Koons and Manny (Manfred) Ludolf.

How do you know when this sculpture was finished?

When the sculpture makes me feel like I’m done.

What about the place where you work? What’s your studio space look like?

Untidy, lots of colors and lots of tools. A good place to be.

What does your mum think about your art?

Mostly disinterest and an ironic smile. My childhood was never about art, it was always about a full refrigerator.

Which exhibition did you visit last?

I was in the Vehicle museum in Munich. Nice.

Which are your plans for the near future?

I haven’t asked myself yet, but I’d like to have a lot to do.

Additional Images

Rene Wagner, EXAMEM 2019, Kunsthochschule Kassel
Rene Wagner, EXAMEM 2019, Kunsthochschule Kassel
Rene Wagner, EXAMEM 2019, Kunsthochschule Kassel


All images are courtesy of the artist

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