Born 1976 in Ansbach, Germany.
Lives and works in London and Berlin.
1. Box with Military Boots, 2010
2. Hors Champ 1, 2015
In his sculptural practice, Andreas Blank combines the abstract and the realistic, the conceptual as well as the technical. He sources stones from quarries from all over the world, carves them with elaborate deliberation and assembles them in sometimes consciously stylized, and other times deceptively realistic objects of the everyday. In his precise installations, the apparently ephemeral objects achieve monumental permanence. Whether marble, alabaster, or porphyry, material historically used to serve religious or political functions, has in Blank’s hands acquired a seemingly casual and fragmentary character. The geographical and cultural identity of the stone and the memorial function of stone-sculpture in general refer to the value of each object. Blank questions the obvious and transforms traditional ideals and values on the ordinary and present.
In a discourse of image and likeness, things lose their functional purpose, transcending into pure, formalistic objects.
Stone sculptures, which historically intended primarily for political representation or religious devotion, Andreas Blank questions a (post) modernist nihilism.
His works succeed to condense time and narrative structures, stretching the limits of traditional sculpture.