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Part of Max Gärtner's work is created by implementing the traditional Balinese art of wood carving. It is from the craft of local artists that figures and masks are created to be admired in the temples of the "Island of the Gods" in religious ritual.
To create the German-Spanish artist’s detailed sculptures, filigree drawings, over months, are carved out of the tropical wood using self-made steel blades.
Balinese art is strongly associated with local beliefs, and since the Indonesian island now plays an important role in Max Gärtner's life, part of his work, too, has coalesced with the place.
The convergence of Max Gärtner's characteristic drawing style with traditional Balinese craftsmanship not only represents a fusion of visual expressions from different cultures, but additionally pays homage to the significance of spirituality in art.
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