Solo Exhibition “Wooden Art between Fragility and Durability” by Daniel Fuchs
Daniel Fuchs was born in 1974 in a small town called Greiz, in the south of Thuringia, Germany. Because of its historical buildings, the city is nicknamed the “Pearl of the Vogtland”; it has also two magnificent castles as landmarks. He was raised by his grandmother at a young age. Fortunately, Fuchs was surrounded by art in childhood since his grandmother showed him through “Satiricum” in Greiz’s “Sommer Palace”, a collection of world-famous satirical drawings and paintings. But from an early age he felt oppressed by the tightness and monotony of everyday life in East Germany. When the Berlin Wall fell and the East Germany regime collapsed, he felt relieved, but hopes for an improvement in his personal situation were not yet fulfilled. He followed different jobs but they did not fill him spiritually; he then discovered his fondness for all forms of artisanal and artistic woodworking.
Many of his personal, often distressing and tormenting life experiences have flowed into the creation process of his own wood carving. After a long search and almost challenging work on himself, he found his congenial expression in his works. His work is simple and complicated at the same time. The prime example of these two poles is his relief image, measuring twice a meter, entitled “Fibonacci”, named after the medieval mathematician. The Fibonacci series is a sequence of natural numbers that are directly related to the golden ratio. In nature it represents a basic form for the growth of plants and animals and appears in many forms, be it in palm trees, corals or snails. Daniel Fuchs is probably one of the first modern artists to use his sophisticated technique to give a “Fibonacci snail” a filigree shape. At the same time, it pushes him back to his own roots. He has found a weathered root on the Calvary (sanctuary) near Bad Tölz, the pilgrimage site where the faithful retrace Christ‘s ordeal. It was with this root that his first project, entitled “Creation” began. And at this place near Bad Tölz, Daniel Fuchs put down new roots for creation in art.
The amount of work that the artist put into his masterpieces cannot be grasped. For each work, he notes how many hours and how many saw cuts it took to complete. The “Fibonacci” composition took around 750 hours of work and 5000 saw cuts that were less than two millimeters “thick”. His art is internationally recognized by world famous art magazines such as CANS (China), Aesthetica (England) and Parnass (Austria), L‘Eventail (Belgium), to name just a few.
Daniel Fuchs’ art was presented at Mark Rothko Art Center in Daugavpils (Lettland, 29. 10. 2021 – 9. 1. 2022) and at Hong Art Museum in Chongqing (China, 23. 9. – 24. 11. 2021) and will be shown at Art Archive Museum in Peking (9.4. – 9.5. 2022).