|John Gesager Nielsen is a modernist; not only in artistic, sculptural expression but also in his choice of materials.|
John Gesager Nielsen is a modernist; not only in artistic, sculptural expression but also in his choice of materials. Stainless steel and plexiglas are truly modern materials and very much a part of our present time. Through these materials, he creates his sculptures in a modern, and often abstract, artistic style. The sculptor is thus a child of his age; expressing, like so many artists before him, the spirit of his age. A closer scrutiny does, however, reveal traces of the figurative – and an obvious influence from traditions and myths.
Steel and plexiglas are tough and demanding substances, but the resistance is also what intrigues and challenges him. It takes enormous patience, and not least strength, to make the material submit to his will, and to Gesager Nielsen the process is as rewarding as the goal – the finished sculpture. What also characterizes our sculptor is his incessant search for original artistic expressions and ideas. And he certainly has the courage to try – as well as fail … Sometimes a new direction turns out to be a blind alley, but when new, open landscapes are unfolded, in the shape of genuine sculptural expressions, the artist has succeeded – and for a wonderful, brief moment he may enjoy the satisfaction of artistic progression. That is, until the next stone is turned and new processes are explored.
-Svend E. Hansen, journalist and art writer