The artworks of Philip Wiegard resist the deceptive conformity of our everyday life, as does the video work The Graph Paper Cane. The YouTube tutorial explains how to make a so-called FIMO cane. Such a cane contains an extruded motif that can be scaled for further processing by stretching or compressing. The reproduction technique was already in use in antiquity, in glass processing to produce so-called mosaic glass or millefiori. The motif chosen for REALITY – The Graph Paper – is reminiscent of pool tiles. It can be seen on Wiegard’s flag, waving in front of TROPEZ.
Philip Wiegard (*1977 in Schwetzingen) has been working with Polymer Clay, an oven-hardening modelling clay known under the brand name FIMO, since 2019. This year, Wiegard showed wall works made with FIMO in the Berlin nbk. A central concern of this project is the exchange with the online polymer clay community via YouTube, Instagram and Etsy. Wiegard addresses this professional audience with his video tutorial. At the same time, with works such as the video work The Graph Paper Cane, he comments on current developments in the creative industry, in which the digital knowledge and service economy is being opened up to previously non-commercial areas, thereby blurring the differences between amateur and professional work.