Arno Kortschot was born in the Netherlands and trained as a sculptor/spatial designer at the Academy of Fine Arts Kampen. Since graduating in 1990 he works as an independent artist in which he produces 3-dimensional objects and currently resides in Vancouver, BC. He has exhibited across the Netherlands,Germany, Canada and the US and has been commissioned for a number of private and public collections. Kortschot’s work searches for the connection of form and material in relation to the environment with strong influences of Minimalism and geometric abstraction.
In his search he developed a strong ability to place objects as a high conceptual and spatial visualization in a natural way. Having an affection to minimalism, Kortschot created a strong urge to fill spaces with objects that were stripped of all meaning and are therefore, purely a spatial concept. Inspired by the history of geometric abstraction that can be found in both art and architecture of his native country, he started to make blocks that were meticulously placed or hung, thereby forcing the audience to take a strategic position to understand his or her place in relation to the space and to the object. In addition to confronting his or her place in the world.
The timeless and neutral character of zinc, makes the objects blend in nicely with the environment and therefore becomes a visual carrier of his concept. Kortschot shapes his ideas into sculptures, by combining it with a bright color, or by the repetition of a number of objects together or even emphasized by lighting the colours with LED light. The patina created over time, through air and its environment, and especially by a person’s touch brings out the unique character of zinc Kortschot shows the relationship of blocks and boxes, but also how these measure within the area in which they stand or hang. Merged forms indicate omitted spaces to create remaining forms, which sometimes become the main subject. Thereby captivating the viewer’s attention, to the game of watching and analyzing. Sometimes a simple facet can be traced back to an architectural point, just that one corner of a building, or that one window that you pass by daily.