Stephan Balkenhol, Relief Man (Gold), 2016, Wawa Wood, pigment, gold leaf, 140 x 160 cm, BALK0016 Stephan Balkenhol, Relief Man (Gold), 2016, Wawa Wood, pigment, gold leaf, 140 x 160 cm, BALK0016

STEPHAN BALKENHOL: FIGURES AND RELIEFS
23 - 28 January 2018 (parallel to Singapore Art Week 2018)

Opening tbc
Venue: The Arts House at the Old Parliament, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Presented by ARNDT Fine Art 

“I’m perhaps proposing a story and not telling the end, just giving a beginning or fragment. There is still a lot for the spectator to complete...”

Known for his wooden painted sculptures, German artist Stephan Balkenhol presents new figures and reliefs in a second solo show with ARNDT in Singapore, held this time at The Arts House of the Old Parliament.

Using hammer and chisel, each of Balkenhol’s sculptures are carved out of single blocks of wood. Traces of the tools remain visible even as the forms are structured by colours and gradients in their lightly painted state. The artist’s oeuvre consists of mostly human characters, though animals and architectural forms routinely come into play. Extraordinarily life-like, these figures present themselves with neutral expressions and plain, everyday clothing, creating a timeless dimension in their hyper-banality.  Balkenhol’s sculptures echo the formal qualities of classical Greek statues, but here the human image is detached from socio-critical references; without any suggestion of function or role, his pieces have a presence all their own, leaving much room for personal interpretation.

Born in 1957 in Fritzlar, Germany, Balkenhol attended the Hamburg School of Fine Arts from 1976–1982 where he was taught by Ulrich Rückriem, Nam June Paik, and Sigmar Polke, among others. As a response to their abstract and conceptual practices, he decided to concentrate on quotidian persons. Since 1993 he has been a professor of sculpture at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe. Recent main solo shows include: the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA (1995), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (1996), the Saatchi Collection, London, UK (1996), the European Foundation for Sculpture, Parque Tournay Solvay, Brussels, Belgium (1999), the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka, Japan (2005), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA (2008), the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (2008), and the Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy (2013). Balkenhol lives and works between Kassel, Karlsruhe, Berlin, and Meisenthal, France.

Contact: Lisa Polten, Lisa@arndtfineart.com

Stephan Balkenhol, Man black/white, 2016, Cedar wood, coloured, 240 × 42 × 70 cm, BALK0018 Stephan Balkenhol, Man black/white, 2016, Cedar wood, coloured, 240 × 42 × 70 cm, BALK0018 Stephan Balkenhol, Sphinx, 2014, Bronze, patiniert und bemalt, Figure: 53 x 27 x 45 cm, Plinth: 0,8 x 48,5 x 32 cm Edition of 20, BALK0017 Stephan Balkenhol, Sphinx, 2014, Bronze, patiniert und bemalt, Figure: 53 x 27 x 45 cm, Plinth: 0,8 x 48,5 x 32 cm Edition of 20, BALK0017 Stephan Balkenhol, Relief Woman (Silver), 2016, Wawa wood, pigment, silver leaf, 140 × 100 cm, BALK0015 Stephan Balkenhol, Relief Woman (Silver), 2016, Wawa wood, pigment, silver leaf, 140 × 100 cm, BALK0015 Stephan Balkenhol, Relief Man (Gold), 2016, Wawa wood, pigment, gold leaf, 140 × 100 cm, BALK0016 Stephan Balkenhol, Relief Man (Gold), 2016, Wawa wood, pigment, gold leaf, 140 × 100 cm, BALK0016