Rainer Lagemann is a notable sculptor, born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1959. He received his formal education at the FH Lippe University in Detmold, Germany, specializing in Design and Architecture.
Rainer is fascinated by the human body, the classic theme of artistic expression and struggle, depicted in all shapes, materials and mediums since the existence of mankind. Rainer’s sculpture captures the human body in motion--a freeze frame of classic, timeless gestures and emotions. The sculptures are both ethereal and concrete. The forms he creates are how one imagines a Nureyev or Baryshnikov would look in mid-flight.
Rainer uses hollow metal squares to sculpt the human form, creating works that elicit both the strength and delicacy of the body. Each square represents the trials and tribulations of life. The four corners are the intellectual,emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions of human being. They are the framework of the spirit and the image of the body. The hollow squares invite the viewer to interact with the sculptures and fill the open space with their own imagination. The mixture of metal and open space adds an element of mystery and abstraction to the human form. This technique adds a spiritual dimension to the human shapes and forms and gives Rainer’s sculptures a universal quality.
With all of Rainer's sculptures there is a secondary layer of beauty, abstraction and mystery. When darkness falls and the lights come on,the exquisite shadows of form, squares, body and spirit cast themselves upon the walls creating a second sculpture of light and shadow.
"I choose to bronze plate the sculptures with a final finish of unpolished antique bronze, and the finish is galvanized with the whole sculpture dipped in Zinc to make it rust resistant, the texture reminds me of artifacts found after being hidden for centuries in the ground"- Rainer
Rainer's work - Climber Antonio was also selected by the Naples Museum of Art for their exhibition: Florida Contemporary 2010.
2011: Miami International Art Fair
2010: Art Chicago
Toronto International Art Fair
Red Dot Miami
Lobby of One Burlington Woods Drive, Burlington, MA
Harvard University, i-Lab Building,Boston, MA