A German artist showed a group of about 25 students and faculty Wednesday how art can be made out of virtually any material, as he presented and discussed many of his works from the last two decades. Bodo Korsig showed some of his works made out of wood, ceramics, aluminum, steel and canvas. He also showed a few prints made by driving a steamroller over layers of wood, paper and ink.
These works were challenging but fun to create, Korsig said.
Korsig, who grew up in East Germany, said his earlier works – large, steel sculptures with jagged edges – reflected the political climate in Germany.
“There was a lot of anger in the country,” Korsig said. “My work from that time was very aggressive.”
After the Berlin Wall fell, Korsig moved to West Germany where he said his work began to change.
“The anger was gone,” he said. “My work became much smoother.”
Korsig is visiting TCU as the art and art history department’s Cecil H. and Ida Green Honors Chair and will be on campus until Friday.
According to the provost’s Web site, the Green Honors Chair program brings distinguished scholars and experts to every department on campus in an effort to further educate students, faculty and the community.
Korsig also showed works from later in his life, including an illustrated poetry book and an outdoor sculpture with glow-in-the-dark images on it.
Erin Morgan, a senior studio art major, said she often attends similar art presentations at the Modern Art Museum.
“(Korsig) was better than those,” Morgan said.
The department is very excited about Korsig’s visit, said Becky Brandenburg, administrative assistant for the department of art and art history.
Tomorrow afternoon, in Korsig’s honor, she said there will be a hoedown on the Moudy dock — behind Moudy North – with hamburgers, hotdogs and apple pie. Students are asked to wear Texas-style costumes.
“We want him to take as much Texas away with him as he can,” Brandenburg said.