Stephan Balkenhol

Helsinki

February 23 – March 18, 2018

Stephan Balkenhol
Yet untitled, 2018
Wawa wood, painted
201 x 216 x 24 cm / 79.13 x 85.04 x 9.45 inches
 

Stephan Balkenhol
Man (naked), 2018
Cedar-Wood
178 x 80 x 45 cm / 70.08 x 31.50 x 17.72 inches
 

Stephan Balkenhol
Birch-wood, 2018
Wawa wood, painted
157 x 157 cm / 61.81 x 61.81 inches
 

Stephan Balkenhol
Man, 2018
Poplar wood, painted
34 x 23 x 5 cm / 13.39 x 9.06 x 1.97 inches
 

Stephan Balkenhol
Man, left arm up, 2018
Wawa wood, painted
175 x 40 x 20 cm / 68.90 x 15.75 x 7.87 inches
 

Stephan Balkenhol
Female Nude with Black and White Relief, 2018
Wawa wood, painted
164h x 100 x 20 cm / 64.57 x 39.37 x 7.87 inches
 

Stephan Balkenhol
Teresa, 2018
Wawa wood, painted
222x218x50cm / 87.40x85.83x19.69 inches

Stephan Balkenhol
Relief Frauenkopf, 2018
Poplar wood, colored
30 x 30 x 4 cm / 11.81 x 11.81 x 1.57 inches

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Stephan Balkenhol's (b. 1957) sculptures take command of their surroundings in a quiet yet forceful manner. His pedestal-mounted human figures are monumental, yet their style of portrayal is archaic and unassuming. Despite their formal poses and expressionless faces, the figures convey a sense of intensity and a busy inner life. A perceptive observer of his surroundings, Balkenhol sculpts anonymous figures rather than recognizable personalities. Each sculpture is also a vicarious self-portrait.

 

Balkenhol carves his sculptures out of a single block of solid wood, usually soft poplar or Douglas fir, leaving his chisel marks visible on the rough, raw surface, the fissures and clefts accentuating humanity’s frailties and imperfections. The figures wear neutral, timless clothing that is painted in very simple yet effective color combinations.

 

Stephan Balkenhol ranks among the world’s most renowned contemporary sculptors. He studied at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts and has served as a professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe since 1992. His work is found in many presitigous collections including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt and the Art Institute of Chicago in the USA. The artist divides his time between Karlsruhe, Kassel and Berlin in Germany and Meisenthal in France.