Ralph Hübschmann’s beauteous wood sculpture “Evolution – the Next Level” is a captivating exploration of posthumanism, blurring the boundaries between humanity and technology with phosphorescent cords attached to a gender-less face that appears to be transitioning from nature to robot. This unique piece of art encourages viewers to consider the implications of posthumanism, and to contemplate the possibilities of a future where technology and humanity are intertwined.
The sculpture is crated of cherry tree wood, standing 68/140 cm in height, 25 cm in width, and 35 cm in depth. Its intricate carvings and designs add to its mesmerizing aesthetic, with interactive features that invite viewers to touch and explore the artwork. By doing so, we are reminded to reflect on the implications of posthumanism and to think more deeply about the potential of technology and how it can be used to enhance humanity in the future.
The artist has taken the ancient material of wood and enhanced it with the addition of phosphorescent cords, creating a captivating contrast in both sight and symbolism. This combination of modern technology and traditional material is a representation of posthumanism, and of the potential it holds for humanity. He explores how the two seemingly disparate materials can come together to create something truly special. The work highlights how the organic, natural beauty of wood is complemented by the vivid colors of the phosphorescent cords. Through the use of both materials, Hübschmann is able to play with the idea of evolution and progress. He shows how, when combined, wood and phosphorescent cords can create something unexpected, something that transcends the ordinary. By delving into the philosophical, ethical, and aesthetic implications of this merging, Hübschmann offers viewers a closer look at the potential of posthumanism. The figure in the sculpture holds the cords, a gesture that speaks of the possibilities of posthumanism, and of the connection between technology and man.
Ralph Hübschmann’s wood sculpture “Evolution – the Next Level” is a thought-provoking exploration of posthumanism. Hübschmann shows that posthumanism can be seen as an opportunity to explore a new form of beauty, rather than a dystopian future as often portrayed in popular culture. For him posthumanism can be seen as a way to transcend our current biological limitations, allowing us to use technology to create a new type of beauty that is more accessible and meaningful. He further suggests that posthumanism can be seen as a way to explore different aspects of the human experience, from new perspectives and new ways of interacting with the world. Ultimately, Hübschmann’s sculpture challenges us to rethink our perceptions of beauty and encourages us to be open to new possibilities for beauty in the age of posthumanism.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ralph Hübschmann is a German wood sculptor who has been developing his own unique style since 1997. His work is known for its aesthetic aspects and sensitivity to wood, and he often draws inspiration from different aspects of life including nature, novels, history, and religion and new developments in technology. Hübschmann proves to be a specialist in his art, someone who works on wood constantly and not sporadically, creating an impressive range of works. His style is characterized by “asymmetrical symmetry.” Since his collaboration with Pashmin Art Gallery in 2010, Hübschmann has found a much wider audience at international art fairs, galleries and museums. In 2019, Pashmin Art Publisher published a monograph book titled “Metamorphoses” about Ralph Hübschmann and his art in a trilingual edition (English / Chinese / German).
Dr. Davood Khazaie (Literary Art Critic)