Amsterdam based artist Ewerdt Hilgemann has been invited by the Park Avenue Sculpture Committee to exhibit his work on the median along Park Avenue for a period of three months, starting August 2014.
This prestigious location has seen many famous artists preceding his performance, e.g. Fernando Botero, Bernar Venet, Keith Haring, Niki de St.Phalle and many others.
The artist's models of the sculptures designated for the eight locations between 50th Street (The Waldorf Astoria Hotel) and 67th Street (Park Avenue Armory) are shown by Art Affairs. All works are made of stainless steel in different configurations, single pieces as well as groups of two or more.
Ewerdt Hilgemann (1938) was born in Witten, Germany and after briefly studying at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, he attended Werkkunstschule and the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken. In the 1960's he had residencies at Kätelhöhn Printers in Wamel, Asterstein in Koblenz and Halfmannshof in Gelsenkirchen, Western Germany and started to exhibit his work across Europe before moving to Gorinchem, the Netherlands in 1970. Hilgemann started his career with wall pieces made out of wooden pegs, related to the Zero movement, but over time developed into a conceptual artist making stone and metal sculptures.
From 1977 to 1998 Hilgemann taught Concept Development at the Sculpture Department of Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. As from the mid-1990's, he also regularly exhibited in the United States, as well as the Far East. Since 1984 the artist lives and works in Amsterdam. Here he developed a special vacuum process, with which he removes the air from the interior of geometrical shapes made out of stainless steel and designed by him, causing the material to deform according to natural, physical laws. This way, his work gained a less formal and more expressive quality. The resulting forms can be best described as 'implosion sculptures'. In his newest series, Hilgemann continues to use this technique.