Stephan Balkenhol was born in Fritzlar in 1957. He lives and works in Kassel, Karlsruhe, Berlin and in Meisenthal, France. Image: Henrik Hornung. Stephan Balkenhol carves wawa wood, creating figurative and polychrome sculptures. His characters, generally anonymous men and women (centaurs and heterogeneous fauna from time to time) are frequently presented standing and dressed with ordinary clothes. Their postures and appearance are trivial and mute; they also are mysterious. Atemporal, non-narrative: There is no identifiable expression on their faces. Apparently capricious elements such as the position of hands, the shoulders’ height or the inclination of the head become key to glimpse the relationships that these personages establish amongst them and with us. Through his work, Balkenhol precipitates a dream-like exchange while fostering an elliptical climate of complicity. And, in his compromise to the Contemporary, the artist underscores the difference between sculptural scale—the ideal—, and human scale—the real. The artist states: “My sculptures do not narrate. There is something secret about them. I can’t betray their secret.”
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- Moscow Museum of Modern Art Moscow, Russia.
- Kunstmuseum Ravensburg Ravensburg, Alemania
- Musée de Grenoble Grenoble, Francia
- Deichtorhallen Hamburg Hamburg, Alemania
- Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden Baden-Baden, Alemania
- Museum der Moderne Salzburg Salzburg, Austria
- MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg Duisburg, Alemania
- National Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka Osaka, Japón.
- the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery Tokyo, Japón
- Sprengel Museum, Hannover Hannover, Alemania
- Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal Wuppertal, Alemania