Since the 1980s, Stephan Balkenhol has been exploring the motif of figurative sculpture and in this sense continues the tradition of sculpture that dates back to early Christian times. His oeuvre comprises drawings and reliefs as well as human and animal sculptures carved from wood or cast from bronze. The often multi-coloured sculptures make the process of creation visible through their external appearance, so that rough surfaces meet precisely individualised formal language. Carved from solid wood trunks and thus connected to the pedestal, his figures seem to look into emptiness without developing direct visual relationships with the viewer the process. The works focus on the human being - his body is brought into the focus of individual perception. The figurative sculptures are not directly integrated into a narrative context and can therefore represent an even larger projection surface for the viewer.
Stephan Balkenhol (*1957) is one of the most internationally renowned German sculptors. After teaching assignments at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg and at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, he has taught as a professor of sculpture at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe since 1992.
Mai 36 Galerie has represented the artist since 1989. His works are represented worldwide in important museums, exhibitions and collections and placed in public spaces in exposed locations.
Vernissage: Thursday, October 31, 6 pm to 8 pm
November 1, 2019 – January 11, 2020