Stephan Balkenhol Stephan Balkenhol
July 1—October 22, 2011
Johnen Galerie, Berlin

Stephan Balkenhol Stephan Balkenhol

Exhibition view: Stephan Balkenhol, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, 2011 Photo © Jens Ziehe

Press Release

Stephan Balkenhol’s work is focused on the objective representation of the human figure. His sculptures, mostly carved from wood with traditional tools, invariably reveal traces of their creation process and materiality, this tension between roughness and precision being a characteristic trait of his oeuvre. Balkenhol’s creations exhibit proximity to portraiture, but are never stylized in an expressionistic or naturalistic direction. Liberated from their context, without any identifiers of subjective orientation or emotional state and free...
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