Dolomieu  e  Dolomiti/Dolomieu  © Simon Perathoner

Dolomieu e Dolomiti/Dolomieu
© Simon Perathoner

  Writing the Mountains  © Simon Perathoner

Writing the Mountains
© Simon Perathoner

  Wanderstöcke  e  Tief verbunden   © Simon Perathoner

Wanderstöcke e Tief verbunden
© Simon Perathoner

GREGOR PRUGGER

 

*1954, Ortisei (I)
Lives and works in Ortisei (I)

B8
Dolomieu, 2018
Wood

B8
Dolomiti/Dolomieu
Newspaper (Special issue 23rd June 2018)
46 x 31 cm

B8
Tief verbunden, 2018
Wood
Variable dimensions

B8
Wanderstöcke, 2015
Wood
164 cm, 170 cm, 186 cm, 166 cm high

B8
Writing the Mountains, 2018
Dolomite powder
66 x 107 cm

Prugger’s contribution to the 6th Biennale Gherdëina  takes on a conceptual approach. Responding to the Biennale’s theme and considering its “guest of honor”, Déodat de Dolomieu, Prugger sculpts the bust of the famous French geologist, based upon the late 18th century engraving, and he combines it with a framed front page of the major local newspaper Dolomiti which temporarily alters its name to Dolomieu to celebrate the Father of the Dolomites’s 268th birthday on June 23rd and pay a symbolic homage to the scientist and explorer as well as to the mountains themselves and its community. The mountains constitute Prugger’s biotope and they narrate the artist’s identity at large. With his text-based work, Writing the Mountains, he uses a thin sheet of stone as a blackboard to spell out the very act of writing with the powder of the crashed Dolomite rock. Tautological at its core, Writing the Mountains is the artist’s gestural manifesto, portrait of the mountains as a site of resilience and a constant transformation.