The bodies of Klaus Prior’s sculptures are often poised in seemingly unsteady positions, in precarious instants of momentum- as if in a struggle for existence. Figures that are faltering, floundering, lying, retreating, sanctuary-seeking, waiting, endangered or abandoned ‑ wanderers in search of the right path in life. These stark figures are a dramatic embodiment of the attritions, resistances, contradictions, set-backs, new beginnings and upheavals in the lives of humankind. As such, Prior’s figures can be interpreted as doubters, thinkers and admonishers.
The viewer is confronted by emotionally troubled, naked figures that appear, with their massive, archaic bulks, to have been abandoned to the world, but who simultaneously communicate an inherent depth as free and powerful independent forces, able to assert themselves against the entanglements of life.