Artists


Mark Landwehr
Sven Waschk
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Work in the coarse world began in 2003, when German artists Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk began developing their unique style of sculpting, which creates the illusion that they have chiseled and exposed their sculptures from three-dimensional rock.

While the underlying stories of the individual pieces vary and express themes of denial, betrayal and lies, the sculptures aim to make an impression on multiple levels. While often looking cute at first glance, a distinct silence, sadness and loneliness simultaneously convey an alternate effect. These subtle and almost shy undertones expose our souls’ vulnerability, which we so often try to conceal.

Within the last 10 years the artists have evolved, gaining international recognition and collectors all over the world. The artists focus primarily on statues that range from small to life-size and are made from resin and/or fiberglass. They are finished as single pieces or in small limitation runs and are entirely crafted by the artists themselves.

After the initial conceptual phase the artists go directly into the sculpting process. Depending on the complexity of the piece it can take months until the shape is finalised. This is followed by mould-making, casting, sanding, detailing and painting in the artists' studios. Mark Landwehr about his work for coarse: “We pay highest attention to every detail of our work in order to avoid distracting the viewer. This way people can dive into an almost surreal scenery and sense the underlying pain, sadness and lonlyness of our creations. We want to create a second reality”

Selected sculptures frequently become limited-run vinyl figure releases. Under the brand “coarse” the sculptures get distributed worldwide in award-winning packages always designed by the artists themselves.

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Milestones

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2003 DNB prototypes Book [50]
  Plastic Particles Group exhibition / Berlin and Tokyo
     
2004 flake, fluid and float 12'' vinyl figures cream [300], revolt [200], switch [300] and pain [200]
     
2007 pain 1:3 26'' vinyl figure
  flake, fluid and float 1:1 Fibreglass statues [25]
     
2008 chopper 1:3 26'' vinyl figure [200]
  paw! rainbow 12'' vinyl figure [200]
  paw! blackout 12'' vinyl figure [200]
  noop show Solo exhibition / Chicago
  jaws 13'' vinyl figures cream [100] and co x ro [100]
  noop show Solo exhibition / Berlin
     
2009 paw! pain 12'' vinyl figure [200]
  jaws switch 13'' vinyl figure [200]
  paw! milky bliss 12'' vinyl figure
  paw! spectrum 12'' vinyl figures blue [50], yellow [50] and purple [50]
  jaws pain 13'' vinyl figures hkg [100] and signature
     
2010 false friends loser 13'' vinyl figures hkg [200] and signature
  jaws loser 13'' vinyl figures blush [50] and white [100]
  false friends blackout 13'' vinyl figures [300]
  glimpse of truth Solo exhibition / Chicago
  false friends in pain 13'' resin figures [88]
  false friends the sun age 13'' vinyl figures [88]
  eyes of fear Fibreglass busts
noop [200] and paw! [200]
     
2011 oop loser 7'' vinyl figures hkg [200] and signature
  casting shadows
loser
7'' vinyl figures hkg [200] and signature
  shadows over paradise Solo exhibition / Taipei
  casting shadows
switch to fall
7'' vinyl figures [200]
  oopCr 7'' vinyl figures [150]
  paw! raw 12'' vinyl figure
  casting shadows
pain
7'' vinyl figures soul [200] and signature
     
2012 open studio night Hong Kong
  rise of pain in dreams 17'' vinyl figure [200]
  paw! blush
collection Selim Varol
12'' vinyl figure [2x77]
  oop prey 7'' vinyl figures [300]
  souls gone mad Solo exhibition/ Chicago
  dark sorrows 9.25'' resin figures [100]
     
2013 op prey – blackout 7'' vinyl figures oop and aw! [150]
  souls gone mad
14'' vinyl figures dream set [123] and signature set [234]
  omen daybreak 7'' vinyl figure [345]
  locks 11'' vinyl figure blush and milky bliss [250]
  the passage 11'' vinyl figure set [222]
  souls gone mad – ignited
14'' vinyl figures signature set, omen shine and omen shimmer [180]
  omen blink 3.5'' vinyl figures omen hoot and omen hush
  dark sorrows – nightshade 9.25'' resin figures [99 pcs].
  omen blink 3.5'' vinyl figures blush, milky bliss, the sun age and switch to fall
  omen pain 7'' vinyl figures grim and grudge [234]
     
2014 locks pain 11'' vinyl figure [300]
  locks blackout 11'' vinyl figure [100]
  omen wood 4.5'' wood figure [25]
  flake, fluid and float 10th 12'' vinyl figures cream [320], pain [220]
  omen blink
3.5'' vinyl figures lustre and haze
  omenblackout 7'' vinyl figure
  omen blink
3.5'' vinyl figures loser [trip and flop], ignited [beam and flash], monochrome [eclipse and orb]
  omen totem
14'' omen vinyl figures loser black, jaws and pain [200]
  Voyages Solo exhibition / Tokyo
  the passage
11'' vinyl figure sets ignited [150] ignited monochrome [222]
  Prisoners Beside Me Solo exhibition / Chicago
  omen blink 3.5'' omen vinyl figures fugi and shibuya
  omen outburst – loop 7'' vinyl figures white [30], blue and black [300]
     
2015 omen outburst – ignited 7'' vinyl figures glint and glare [400]
  omen totem
14'' omen vinyl figures loser blue and loser white [100]
  Permanent Guest

5'' vinyl figure sets Endless Shadows, Promised Bliss [345 pcs each] and Delusion
  omen fade

7'' vinyl figures infinity, requiem and ignited
  Last Days Of Autum 11.5'' vinyl figure set shiver [234] and frenzy [345]
  cancan
9.5'' vinyl figure velórios, saudade and mágoa [345]
     
2016 Do Not Disturb 8'' vinyl figure sets Endless Shadows, Promised Bliss [345] and Delusion
  False Friends – Reignited 13'' vinyl figures Reignited Monochrome [123] and Reignited [345]
  Cold Ways
Nights that haunt the past
Solo exhibition / Chicago
  cancan – inginted
9.5'' vinyl figure [280]
  Glitch
9'' wood figure walnut and white oak [50 pcs each]
  Last Days Of Autum 11.5'' vinyl figure set chop chop [150]
     
2017 Do Not Disturb – Ignited 8'' vinyl figure sets [150]
  Enjoy Your Stay 12'' vinyl figure Prism [299] and Blackout [199]
  ZigZag 4.5'' vinyl figure set Shiver [300] and Katsura [300]
  coarse ethos – CELLS 10.5'' vinyl figure Narcosis [299] and Paranoia [299]

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