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Andreas Blank combines the abstract and the realistic, the conceptual and the technical. Sourcing precious stone from quarries all over the world, he carves them into contemporary subject matter and assembles them in sometimes consciously stylised, and other times deceptively realistic everyday scenes. In precise installations, apparently base and ephemeral objects achieve monumental permanence. Materials such as marble, alabaster or porphyry, historically used to serve religious or political functions, acquire a seemingly casual and fragmentary character in his work. 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 subverts traditional ideals and values.
Andreas Blank is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, Germany and the Royal College of Art (MA). Solo exhibitions include Shadows of Words Spoken, Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin (2012). Groups shows include Memory – International Contemporary Sculpture, Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli, Naples, Oh, Plastiksack!, Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland (2012), Stillstehende Sachen aus der Sammlung SOR Rusche, Museum Abtei Liesborn, Wadersloh, Germany (2012), Stressing Spiritual Needs Even When Selling Ice Cream, DNA-Galerie, Berlin (2011), ´13´, Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin (2011), Please Write, Posted Projects, London (2011), Transcending, LARMgalleri, Copenhagen (2010), Cocktail, Galerie Frank Schlag, Essen, Germany (2010), New Sensations, Rochelle School, London (2009), Abschied und Ankunft, DB Museum, Nuremberg (2009), Afghanische Botschaft, Berlin (2009), Optimism, Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2008), Regionale 7, Projectspace 54, Basel (2007) and Sculptureproject, Osterburken, Germany (2007). The artist was a finalist for the The Saatchi Gallery/Channel 4 New Sensations Prize and is winner of the Land Securities Studio Award (2009) and the Conran Foundation Award (2009).