Benrimon Contemporary is pleased to announce Andreas Blank: Landscape Metaphor, Andreas Blank’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and in the United States opening with a reception for the artist on Thursday, September 12 from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition features an entirely new body of unique sculptural works and a site-specific arrangement.
Blank’s stone encarved trompe l'oeil sculptures seem casual at first sight. However, his arrangements are precisely staged and after closer inspection, one discovers that light bulbs, transport boxes and plastic bags are made of precious materials such as Carrera marble, alabaster or sand stone. In this way, the work relates to the history of stone carving within art history and sculpture, where materials such as marble, alabaster and limestone were traditionally used to sculpt objects of political or religious significance.
Blank, however, plays tricks with our expectations and perceptions. By treating mundane objects in a similar traditional and precise manner, he provides the everyday with a monumental status.
For example in Untitled, a crumpled A4 white sheet of paper in a black frame, that modestly occupies a spot on one of the exhibition walls. From a distance, this work could be viewed as a pun on modernist nihilism, but up close, reveals a material sensibility that goes beyond a simple juxtaposition of abstraction and reality.
Born in 1976 in Ansbach, Germany, Blank graduated from the Royal College of Art, London and has studios in Bavaria, London and Berlin. He was a finalist in 2009 for the Saatchi New Sensations prize.