“Abstraction means the omission of the irrelevant and the unnecessary in order to find more substantial content and form.” Werner Pokorny
His often monumental sculptures can be found in many places in Germany and abroad, including Aachen, Berlin, Busan (South Korea), Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Riehen, Saarbrücken, and Stuttgart. Werner Pokorny works exclusively with Corten steel for his outdoor sculptures and with wood, steel, and bronze for his indoor works. Well-known basic forms such as bowls, spheres, cuboids, and houses serve as points of departure and reference, which are abstracted by reduction, rotation, tilting, or combination with other elements. Something complex thus emerges from the simple, something unknown from the familiar. The artistic field of tension characteristic of Pokorny’s impressive sculptural oeuvre is due to the oscillation between form and abstraction, figure and reduction, hard edges and soft curves.
The catalog accompanies the exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Schweinfurt from July 19 to September 8, 2019 and at the Städtische Galerie Rosenheim in February and March 2021.