The rough, brutal, and exciting work of Henri Wagner at the same time is soft, transparent, and calm in character. The tension of the gesture.
Henri Wagner’s contemporary abstract works transcend the matter of which the work is made. He uses an extremely wide range of materials; spray paint, coating, gesso, ink, mortar, glue, wood, glass, and paper. All this has its origin in the world of graffiti.
In the spectrum of materials, he is a painter who sculpts. A literally layered composition characterizes the work without appearing deliberate or compulsive. The image is often so obvious that it invites you to look further.
The continuous, unconventional way of building and breaking down images is typical of his working method. This leads to a fluid game of repulsion and attraction.
With ease, Henri Wagner composes his images intuitively into calm contrasts in soft and hard, movement and stillness, loose and fixed. He freely combines materials, yet manages to nuance it in such a way that you experience the whole as serene.
Where the image ends, the experience begins. A spectacle that leads nowhere, but pleasant to be in it as a viewer. Just as music to the ears can stimulate all the senses, the complex simplicity of his work transports you to an experience that never bores.