The work of Gehard Demetz

In just a few years, Gehard Demetz has risen to international prominence by applying his incredible craftsmanship as a traditional woodcarver to subjects that are new and appealing to contemporary viewers.

His sculptures of children are at the same time attractive and disquieting and rendered with an amazing  perfection that is by no means rhetorical or classical. One of the most startling technical features is the construction using small woodblocks and juxtaposing finely polished parts to very rough and sketchy surfaces. This particular construction and treatment render his sculptures absolutely unique in the domain of contemporary wood sculpture and is partly responsible for the great curiosity aroused by the appearance of his work in the art world.  Since his debut in 2005,  Gehard Demetz has been invited by prominent galleries to exhibit in the United States, Spain, Germany, Korea. He has also produced monumental sculptures on commission for collectors around the world.

Born 1972, Bolzano. Lives and works in Selva di Val Gardena. For more information please visit www.geharddemetz.com

Fife Brook

With temperatures reaching a bone chilling -20 a trip to fife brook in 30 degree weather felt like spring. This was my first visit to the oldest catch and release section on the Deerfield River and it was a good one. Fife Brook down is mostly a series of riffles and pools with a few sections of pocket water but definitely, big water. The weather was dry which was good for my hands but no fish. I tied on a gold headed streamer and hiked farther down river maneuvering over snow covered rocks and logs. This place was like fishing in Narnia, I half expected Azlan to come out and ask me how the fishing was. Keeping my eyelets free from ice was a challenge but well worth it when I finally hooked a fish. A huge rainbow. It was great to catch a fish of this size in the middle of winter and right after a cold snap. Till next time Fife Brook.

Cheers.