Uwe Pfaff has increasingly turned his attention, experimenting with materials, scale and format. He makes the pieces by taking a torch to substantial steel plates and cutting shapes from them.
Complex filigrees describe the simple form of a head or a figure, and, just as their precise nature recalls Uwe’s training as a draughtsman, so too does their agitation remind one of his restlessness. He invokes mythical archetypes like humans, animals, tools, elements and various hybrids of these.
Described as they are by pierced surfaces, it is tempting to interpret the pieces in terms of negative and positive spaces, but this lends an unequal weighting to the two. It is in the relationship between them, the blurring of the figure/ ground relationship and the assumptions we usually make about space and form, that Uwe’s works take root. His lacertine line favours neither the negative nor the positive.