From a sculptor's traditional material, wood, Stephan Balkenhol carves figurative work that mixes references and traditions.
His sculptures derive their visual currency and symbolic significance from their origin in two diametrically opposed fields in art history and practice. From the Minimalist tradition they draw a rational, sober and inorganic character. Yet they also find immediate sensual and physical access to the world through their material and execution. The work's disarming directness and anonymous quality seduces the viewer but prevents him from becoming too intimate with its subject.