Metaphysical philosophy of the art of Winfried Mühlum-Pyrápheros
Light has various meanings. It can stand for biological, physical and psychological energy, but it also provides spiritual insight. Mühlum-Pyrápheros transposes these main thoughts into art by using the attributes of natural light referring to the original, divine energy of creation. This explains why the phenomenon of light is the most important element in his art instead of single details such as space perception or color.
TV-extract from SWF3
As a young boy, Winfried Mühlum was fascinated by the light of the phosphor crystals in the badges worn in the darkened cities of World War II. As an artist, he wanted to create paintings that would glow by themselves and would bring light out of the darkness. Around 1960, he developed a way of painting with phosphorescent and fluorescent colours, which he later called: SIDEREAL ART. By using this technique, he was able to achieve an active emission of light in his paintings in contrast to light caused by reflection in other works of art. He obtains inspiration for his paintings from lyrical, philosophical and biblical texts.
Light sculptures: Translucent capitals
These sculptures absorb natural and artificial light and emit it with multiplied intensity in different directions. In 1985 Mühlum-Pyrápheros created objects with he called LUMINESCENT CAPITALS, and when these are combined in a group, these become TRANSLUCENT ARCHITECTURAL SCULPTURES. These reflect the simplicity and clarity of romanic architecture as well as the radiant beauty of the windows in gothic cathedrals, like in Chârtres, and remain three-dimensional in our time.
Light sculptures: Spectral Panels
In creating these sculptures, the artist has been able to achieve a fantastic effect when daylight shines on the thin panels. They then light up the entire room with the full spectrum of colours. This is accomplished without using coloured glass, electrical energy or any other technical equipment. To date the size of the sculptures ranges from a few inches to windows towering vertically with heights of 20 feet each. Exclusive of the size, the intensity of light is always the same.
1. Part: Selfrecordings from the artist
2. Part: TV-Extract ZDF