Andreas Blank

 

Andreas Blank, born in 1976 in Ansbach, lives in Berlin, London and Frankonia. He studied with Harald Klingelhöller at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe and obtained his Masters at the renowed Royal College of Art as a stipendiary of the German National Academic Foundation. In 2009 he was a finalist of the New Sensation Prize, held by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4. His work has been exhibited Europe-wide.

Blank makes sculptures from precious and rare stones such as marble, alabaster or basalt, for which he visits stone quarries all over the world. In extensive operations and by using classical sculpturing techniques, he crafts modern concrete and abstract objects from various types of stone. By reconstructing objects he gives his works a real-looking effect. Disguised as conventional everyday objects made of plastic or paper, only reveal their objectness on a closer look. This calculated deception grants an almost absurd character to his works. Andreas Blank works with a combination of abstraction and realism.  Technical and manual skills as well as conceptual influences engage with each other.