Wire + Markus Moser = WireART
Magazine Contact #20
“What fascinates is that at first glance the works look like drawings,” says Moser. But at second glance the wire sculptures develop great spatial impact. After completing his apprenticeship as a mechanic, the Upper Austrian moved to Vienna where he caught up on the high-school diploma at an engineering polytechnic. But it soon became clear that he is no true office person, and so in the course of the years he went back to his roots. In 2007 he finally fulfilled his longcherished dream of a small metal workshop which was initially intended for metal work as a hobby. What developed out of this? An art studio in which objects drawn with wire come into being, known in the meantime as “WireART”. Here an old Vespa, there chairs, half of wood, half of wire, there a bed, on the wall life-size wire pictures showing the artist himself. In between, a guitar in a dustbin, symbolising the definitive end of his miserable attempts to learn to play a musical instrument. Moser expresses his thoughts and ideas in a medium which could scarcely be more specialised. Since 2010 he has been a member of Wels Artists’ Guild and the Salzkammergut Art Forum. He tells us in an interview that it was more or less by chance that he came upon wire as a material.
You are the owner of a software firm and at the same time a wire artist. A contradiction in terms?
Moser: Not a contradiction, but each part counterbalances the other. I’m a very haptic person and like to work with my hands. Software development, however, for the most part takes place in the brain and the result is a service, so again nothing directly tangible. Wire art is totally different. I can give shape to my thoughts and ideas in the most literal sense of the word. Shape in the sense of a work of art. To be honest, after 25 years in the software business, I felt a certain dissatisfaction and imbalance within myself. With the help of wire art I create a balance that offsets the brain work. In the meantime the artistic area plays a very signification role in my life, is becoming increasingly professional.
How did you come upon the idea of copying the shapes of objects using wire?
Moser: It was completely by accident! In my metal workshop I initially often fiddled about with metalwork like garden furniture and railings.
What is your source of inspiration?
Moser: Everyday life. Wire art made me gradually develop a tic: I dissect everything I come across into lines in my head. I always have a sketchbook with me so that I can immediately record special impressions. If I can’t get an idea out of my head again, then it is put into action. At the moment I’m increasingly devoting myself to natural shapes, in other words, to things that occur in nature. For instance, I’m now working on portraying the bloom of the dandelion together with the “clock” as a wire object.
You’ve also created a wire art object from Wiesner-Hager chairs. How did this come about?
Moser: When I was disposing of rubbish from the studio at the waste material collection centre I noticed four very nice intact chairs in the wood waste container. Chairs the shape of which I’ve known since my childhood from a variety of function rooms. I fished these chairs out for myself and transported them to my studio. Eventually I noticed the chairs’ modular design which made them easy to disassemble and so I came upon the idea of combining an original with a wire illusion. As a result I began to transform the chairs from wood to wire in several steps.
Where do you exhibit your work?
Moser: On the 1st floor above my studio in Scharnstein (Upper Austria) I have established a showroom which has been very well received. I also hold temporary exhibitions of my work from time to time, for instance in galleries, at art fairs or in museums. For example, I had a solo exhibition last year at the Galleria Jangva in Helsinki (Finland). The wire art object with the Wiesner-Hager chairs can be viewed at the moment in the Wiesner-Hager showroom in Altheim.