Two sides or more

Gerd Maul's artwork changes from one thing to another in the blink of an eye -- and so does its creator

Alan Dove
Nov 29, 2006
Duality is a hallmark of Gerd Maul's sculpture, which is fitting for a man who leads a double life. By day, Maul is a professor in the gene expression and regulation program at the Wistar Institute,
immersed in a world of fluorescence microscopy, microarrays, and data analysis. By night, he bends metal, makes prints, and carves wood and plaster into works of art, many of which were on display this fall at the Highwire Gallery in downtown Philadelphia.One recent work, "Two Sides or More II," is a melding of wood, lead and bronze that transforms from a sensuously shaped cherry tree root to an abstract conglomeration resembling veins and internal organs as the viewer walks around it. Another piece, "Neckless," begins at the base as a graceful sculpture of a bone, perhaps a femur, then morphs smoothly into a vertebral structure at the top."In the science field,...

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