Paul Wallach

Photograph of Paul Wallach


Paul Wallach was born in 1960 in New York. He studied Art at the University of Wisconsin and Applied Arts at the University of Boston. He participated in a residency with Mark di Suvero during the 1990s, before moving to Paris in 1994.

Paul Wallach’s sculptures are composed of very simple materials. They grow from a dynamic point in the wall and spread out in space, as if they were suspended, in order to interact with the surrounding space. After a long observation, materials – entirely heterogeneous such as wood, plaster, cloth, metal or glass – show a certain consistency that creates the unity of the work. These different materials are interlinked and, with their specific weight, generate a delicate balance, arising from the dynamic of gravity. The permanent search for a centre of gravity is a constitutive element of form. None of his sculptures can be understood with just a single glance. Each point of view is very different. Between the wall and these elements, Paul Wallach creates a meditative interval. Reflects of the shadows and colours are an integral part of the sculpture and our perception is constantly challenged. The artist’s sculptures are continuously revealing hidden spaces, even inside of the work. Paul Wallach’s works are a journey through geometry and its multiple landscapes – both spatiotemporal and mental. We always experience a different perception of them depending on the time, our mood, the light or our state of mind. Paul Wallach’s sculptures renew our sensory perception.

In 2018, Wallach was invited to create an installation marking the closing of the Kunstprojekt Krauthügel an art cycle initiated by the Salzburg Foundation. The fourpoint installation will remain display in Salzburg until 2024.

Wallach has featured shows at the Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan (2015); the Musée d’Art Modern et Contemporain, St. ECenne (2014); the Gemeentenmuseum in the Hague (2002); and the Museum Folkwang, Essen (1995).