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„Art Touches Art – 39“


Heinz Hugel: “the pair…”

Sculpture from find pieces (2001), Stone plate, wood thick boards, metal applications, partly painted with, “red earth” from Oklahoma

Details on the photo-montage: “the pair… in front of burned earth” of Oklahoma

View: Photos: 2001, Photo-Montage: 2002, Heinz Hugel

Remark: Heinz Hugel had given his sculpture “the pair…” in exchange for Juanita Pahdopony’s work of art “Comanche-Education”. (See to this “Art Touches Art – 36”)


Heinz Hugel:  „the pair“ Or: “Into Ash and in Mourning”

Photo of his own sculpture (back): “the pair”  (2001)

“the pair”…

September 29th, 2001, was the “peace day”. We (our hosts and we, the guests from Germany) had been invited to take part in the peace ceremony of American Natives in a school in Anadarko. The memory of the victims of “September 11th, 2001”, had been the main concern this year.

To the participants of the peace ceremony belonged besides the pupils like also the teachers of the school the invited guests. As a person responsible we could among others be aware of the principal. In addition, Linda S. Poolaw (Delaware / dramatist, photographer, curator and educationalist*) belonged to the invited guests (*see to this: “Chronology of the Past History” under “Art Touches Art”).

The peace ceremony had started with digging earth, because it had been planned to plant a young tree. It can be seen on the square photo that it had already been planted into the earth; nevertheless, the dug earth-hole still had remained open during the ceremony.…

Some addresses which had referred currently for September 11th of 2001 had followed.


Details on the Photo: Preparing the planting of a young tree + the ceremony

Following, all participants formed a long, approximately oval till circle shaped chain. And everybody got a little bow.

These bow ribbons had got the colors white, black, red and yellow. These are the four colors which stand for the philosophy of life of the American natives:

An every color has a certain meaning. As a whole they form the coordinate system which gives orientation to the people.

To these belong for example the four points of the compass, like also the winds coming from all directions, the four age-sections in the life of a man, there are correspondences at the four seasons also at the day-sections… (See also „Art Touches Art – 16“)

I hereby have outlined the special philosophy only very briefly on which the four colors are based. With their position, assigned to each single point of the compass, to the directions of the wind and, or to the individual age-sections of man for example, this reveals a way of perception showing his and ours dependence of time, of the earth and this of its position and function in the universe…

By this philosophy outlined roughly – built up on the basis of the four colors – having been internalized in their spiritual substance, the American natives had been under the protection of these colors – as an expression of their complete attitude of mind. Therefore these four colors also are named as “the guardians of the spirit”.

Each from the “human chain” should – the row after – approach the young little tree now. At first a little bit tobacco had to be scattered into the earth-hole. Afterwards, the small bow was hung on a branch of the little tree. During the complete action it had been important to think a positive thought or desire.

When everybody then finally had hung his bow into the tree, the completion of the ceremony followed: “The tomahawk was buried” – in double regard:

An American native had done this with his words, his talk. The real action followed to this by a “tomahawk” being put into the prepared hole together with a pipe, the “peace-pipe”

After that, this hole had been filled up with earth.

Finally, dances to music formed the end of the ceremony carried out by young American natives (pupils of the school).


Details on the Photo: Carol Whitney hangs her ribbon as a symbol for her good thoughts and wishes on the peace tree.

Again and again, our look had fallen now on the small adorned treetop:

There had arisen an atmosphere which – this one seemed to me so – had given this treetop a certain radiation and aura. And exactly this gives the many good thoughts a chance to grow and develop!

Everybody has therefore taken on a responsibility to feel oneself obliged to the “guardian of the spirit” (the four colors) and to be willing to think – what means: to let arise – the good for all people…


Details on the Photo: The freshly planted small tree carries the ribbons carrying in itself the good thoughts and wishes as “shoot – carrier” which want to grow and to form a good future…

The sculpture “the pair” has arisen afterward under the impression of this peace day. Heinz Hugel had collected the material he had discovered and which had been at disposal to him.

In the result a work of art which evokes a collective traumatic experience full of heavy thoughts and feelings had arisen.

The realization by simple wood boards may be confusing for the observer, though. But using the millennia old building-material wood in fact corresponds to the experience of having been lead back to human social behavior in the time of early human societies. The social structure of all early societies then had got comprehensible rules in the “with-each-other”.

It really had been about the “you to you”. At conflicts the human mind should reflect and remember that forgetting quarrel causes or injuries offers the chance for a new beginning. “Burying the tomahawk” in its symbolism, this helps at it.…

The sculpture “the pair”, Heinz Hugel had put together – on the photo right above – in front of another photo, on which the earth dried out is shown in the glaring dazzling sunlight of Oklahoma. The brittle, dried out and cracked earth may stand for deserted human relations here…

Right at the top it is to be seen the photo which Heinz Hugel had taken of his own sculpture in the year 2001: “the pair”or: “Into Ash and in Mourning”. It shows the back of the sculpture. The light in which the two tower fragments had been dived makes appear them in the smoke and the heat of the inferno and shows the moment before the caving in of the towers. This impression of instability is made grow since Hugel had taken his sculpture so that the stone base carrying everything is not perceptible.

In the middle of the upper photo edge, there are appearing the letters RE. They are standing for “Remembrance” – branded in…

On the right and on the left, the two black stripes symbolize for Heinz Hugel “Ash and Mourning”…

Interpretation: Renate Hugel

To the Person of Heinz Hugel   (Artist from Bremen, Germany)


Renate Hugel: „Portrait of Heinz Hugel“

Manual Print, 2003 – Relief-Print-Method: Print Plate: Vinyl, Linocut Print Colors

heinz hugel

 1936: Heinz Hugel was born in Bremen.

1976, since: Activity in the artistic area, among others in the adult education

1981, from: Freelance artist

1982: Foundation of a gallery

1990: Joining the artist group “Der Bogen”

1992: Founder member of the group “Quintum” (union of international artists)

2000: Symposium “Encounter of Native American Artists and Artists from Germany (one artist from Bulgaria)” (con-organization)

2001: Study visit to Oklahoma/the USA (“return visit”),

Expansion of the group “Quintum” into “Quintum international”

2002: Certificate of the university Bremen – studies with Professor Uwe Mempel, main emphasis in “Art Practice” – “Experimental Ceramic”

2007: Member of the group “Art in the Province”

2009: Member of the group “Art – Projekt”

2013, from: Retreat because of physical problems

 Exhibitions or Exhibition Participations: (Choice)

Bremen, Borgholzhausen, Herford, Hamburg, Kiel, Kleestadt, Großumstadt, Langenargen (Lake Constance), Loidved (Denmark), Munich, New York, (USA), Oklahoma (USA), Rose State College (Oklahoma City, USA), Tribes Gallery (Norman, USA), Heaven, “International Exhibition” of German and Anadarko Basin Artists (Gracemont, USA), Siklos (Hungary), Tekomatorp (Sweden), Tournus (France), Zwolle (Netherlands)

Several Exhibitions in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony, Germany):  Bassum, Bruchhausen – Vilsen: Klostermühle Heiligenberg (Cloister Mill Saint Mountain), Delmenhorst, Diepholz, Kirchdorf, Lemwerder, Oldendorf, Osterholz Scharmbeck, Rotenburg, Wümme, Schneesen, Sulingen, Syke, Wagenfeld, Weertzen, Weyhe, Wildeshausen, Worpswede

Heinz Hugel

 Remark 1: Current stand: To Heinz Hugel I have written the contributions “Art Touches Art – 7, 15, 21, 32 and 39under “Art Touches Art”.

Remark 2: Information about the complete previous contents of the category „Art Touches Art“ you will find by selecting „Art Touches Art“ on HOME on the right on the outside.         Renate Hugel