Bodo Korsig (1962)
Bodo Korsig’smain theme for over twenty years, has been the examination of the ways and conditions of thinking and feeling. His abstract world is inhabited by oddly familiar shapes and feelings.
Bodo Korsig is fascinated with love, which he calls a “superpower” that can make us lose all objectivity and commit crazy and often self-destructive acts. Love, along with mortality, memory, poetry, brain science, and the vexing question of what constitutes consciousness. Bodo Korsig’s subject is all of the above made superbly manifest in idiosyncratic shapes of his own invention that are reminiscent of images from brain scans. He says, “Love makes our brain weak, like an infection. It is the most powerful destructive force.”
Bodo Korsig draws no absolute conclusions from his research. He resists defining what his work is about, preferring to leave the interpretation open to the viewer. He says, “I want to offer a message, but never an immutable statement. I want the experience to be more like life itself, full of signs and symbols that we encounter and interpret.”
Bodo Korsig (1962) was born in Zwickau, Germany. He works and resides in Trier (Germany) and New York (USA). In 1990 he graduated from The School of Advertising and Design (Fachschule für Werbung und Gestaltung) in East Berlin, where he studied sculpture and stone restoration.
His creating amplua includs sculpture, photography, video installation and stage design. On multiple occasions he has collaborated with musicians, dancers, writers and poets, such as John Ashberry (USA), Peter Wawerzinek (DE), Paul Auster (USA) and Akira Tatehara (JPN), he has produced over 40 limited artist's books.
Bodo Korsig's works are in more than 50 public collections and museums all over the world, including Art Collection Telekom (Leipzig, Germany), Deutsche Bank Collection (Frankfurt, Germany), Art Museum Villa Zanders (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-kabinett collection (Dresden, Germany), Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Vienna, Austria), Czech Museum of Fine Arts (Prague, Czech Republic), Luxembourg National Museum of History and Art (Luxembourg), Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (New York, USA), Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York, USA), National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C., USA), Yale University Art Gallery, Special Collections (New Haven, CT, USA), Smart Museum of Art (Chicago, USA), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, New Zealand).