STEPHAN BALKENHOL
Solo Exhibition

25 March - 6 May 2017

Opening | Saturday | 25 March , 6 - 9 pm | ARNDT Fine Art at Gillman Barracks (Block 47, #01-25)

“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...” Stephan Balkenhol

German artist Stephan Balkenhol known for his wooden painted sculptures, presents his new artworks in a second solo show at ARNDT Singapore from March 25th to May 26th.

Using hammer and chisel, each of Balkenhol’s sculptures are carved out of single blocks of wood. The traces of the tools remain visible, paint gives his sculptures structure. Mostly human characters move into focus but also animals and architecture are part of his work. Neutral expressions combined with plain-colored cloths emanates timelessness and detaches the human image from function and role, the powerful presence leaves room for personal interpretation.  

Born in 1957 in Fritzlar, Germany, Balkenhol attended the Hamburg School of Fine Arts from 1976–1982 were he was taught by Ulrich Rückriem, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke e.a.. 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.

Stephan Balkenhol, Installation shot, In front of ARNDT Singapore, Gillman Barracks, Man with white shirt and black trousers, 2013, Coloured bronze, 190 x 0 cm | 74.8 x 0 in, Number 1 from an edition of 3, # BALK0009 Stephan Balkenhol, Installation shot, In front of ARNDT Singapore, Gillman Barracks, Man with white shirt and black trousers, 2013, Coloured bronze, 190 x 0 cm | 74.8 x 0 in, Number 1 from an edition of 3, # BALK0009