Markus Karstieß
*1971 in Haan
lives and works in Düsseldorf

For the sculptures of Markus Karstieß, ceramics are the central material, an ancient material which, like an archaic cultural memory, seems to occupy a variety of forms from the fundus of cultural history in Karstieß’ work. The objects cite archaic phalluses, bones or formless creatures reminiscent of coral or three-dimensional Rohrschach-tests. Karstieß also creates ceramic (part-)architectures, with which he explores the limits of the processing possibilities of his preferred material. Formed by the hands, these figurations are given an “un-perfection”, in which amorphous organic forms through extraordinary glazes bring about an iridescence of the crude form and the perfect surfaces, the desire for attractiveness and the demonic rejection.

Markus Karstieß, Kammer, 2010<br>Glazed ceramic, steel, 212 x 320 x 260 (closed) installation view Museum Morsbroich, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Markus KarstiessMarkus Karstieß<br>The Good Old Ultra Violence #1, 2011<br>Glazed ceramic, 135 x 86,5 x 15 cm<br>Courtesy VAN HORN, DüsseldorfMarkus Karstieß, Gehange (GroBee Wesen), 2009<br>Ceramic, gold-platinum glaze, steel, ca. 4 m, H. ca. 7 m. <br>Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo: Achim KukuliesMarkus Karstieß, Doom Mood #1, #2, #3, 2011<br>Glazed ceramic, platinum, steel chain, 205 x 10 cm<br> Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

Markus Karstieß, Spiegel(Supersonic), 2008<br>Glazed ceramics, platinum- & gold glaze, multiplex, 105 x 75 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo: Markus Karstiess, VG-Bild-Kunst, BonnMarkus Karstieß, Spiegel (Blow-Out), 2012<br>Glazed ceramics (Raku), multiplex, 39 x 51 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo: Markus Karstiess, VG-Bild-Kunst, BonnMarkus Karstieß, Spiegel (Schwarze Sonne), 2008<br>glazed ceramic, gold glaze, multiplex, 107 x 76 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo: Markus KarstiessMarkus Karstieß, Studio Floor Peel Off (HerderstraBe, Düsseldorf), 2013, Glazed ceramic, platinum, gold, raku, wood, indian ink, 153 x 104 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

Markus Karstieß, Fetiach (Himmel-Geist-Wesen), 2008, Glazed ceramics, platinum, steel<br>H.total 166,5 cm, 30 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Markus KarstiessMarkus Karstieß, Fetiach (Iaenheim-Erde-Wesen), 2012<br>Glazed ceramics, steel, H. ca. 165 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Markus KarstiessMarkus Karstieß, Empire of Dirt(Pale/Fail), 2006<br>Ceramic, copper, wood, ink, graphite, wire, H.277 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Photo(c)Markus KarstiessMarkus Karstieß, Plight, 2010<br>Glazed ceramics, platinum, steel, H.243 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Markus Karstiess

Markus Karstieß, Logan Doe, 2008<br>Glazed ceramic, platinum & gold, h 41,5 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Markus Karstiess, VG-Bild-KunstMarkus Karstieß, Ansel Doe, 2010<br>glazed ceramic, platinum, h 64,5 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Markus KarstiessMarkus Karstieß, Donald Doe, 2008<br>Glazed ceramic, platinum, (flower: sunflower), H. 47,5 cm, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Markus Karstiess, VG-Bild-KunstMarkus Karstieß, Public Sling, 2011<br>messing, brass, stainless steel rope, 270 x 40 x 6 cm, project Art in the City, Brussels, Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Photo(c)Markus Karstiess, VG-Bild-Kunst, Bonn