Ethos

Influenced by his background in architecture, Holger's location-specific work responds to its environment, context and its users. The sculptures and drawings are a poetic response to the rich culture, archaeology and landscape of the European Atlantic seaboard, directly informed by his journeys in self-made canvas boats: the iconic curachs of Ireland. The importance he places on sustainable living and working is reflected in the use of low-carbon, experimental Bronze Age casting methods together with the use of regenerative and recycled materials in the making of both public commission work and studio practice. This interest in archaeology is also central to fabricating the work, as prehistoric casting and repoussé are combined with innovative technology and digital drawing, offering a unique contemporary approach with a deeply sustainable ethos. 

The ‘vocabulary’ of Holger Lonze’s poetic objects is deeply rooted in ancient and contemporary European maritime culture: waves, ocean surfaces, traditional boats, sails, birds, intermodal shipping containers, bells and mythological protagonists. These forms are combined to create a unique visual language that is rooted in abstract realism: individual forms intersect and penetrate each other, man becomes bird, ocean waves occupy the surface of bells, shipping containers and sails. The physical conundrum that only in sculpture two or more physical objects can occupy the same Cartesian space at the same moment of time is a unique characteristic of the sculptor’s artistic approach: the combination of natural form creates new sculptural, abstract form. His intention is to create contemporary, poetic work that evokes common rootedness in an ancient past and and otherworldliness in the beholder. His intention is to encourage a closer interaction between the beholder and the sculpture by creating spaces between large scale forms and small, non-functional poetic objects that can be handled. Poetry of form, readability on various levels and a sense of timelessness with relevance to our time remain the main concerns in the approach to create work that is original and 'raw' yet exhibiting an intrinsic element of grace and beauty.