"The imprint of the space someone used“

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Installation View © Courtesy of the artist & The Galerie Christian Ehrentraut
"The imprint of the space someone used“

Friedrichstraße 123
10117 Berlin
September 12th, 2014 - October 25th, 2014

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Tuesday to Saturday, 11 to 6

The exhibition’s title refers to interrelations of time, movement and consolidation, links between past with the present on various levels and the interrelations of space and form. With a variety of sculptures and precisely placed interventions, Andreas Blank engages and re-interprets the order of the exhibition space itself.
A large wall blocks the entrance of the gallery, obstructing the view into the exhibition. A giant tower of seemingly random crates, pedestals, pallets, office cabinets and boxes rises up behind it. A simple shelf housing a skull is installed in the back of the gallery, a single lightbulb is attached to wall of an otherwise empty room.
What seems casual and random, cold and distant, are rather rare stones from quarries around the world, processed and carved in a tedious working process. Utilizing classical sculptural technique, Blank creates marble, alabaster, sandstone and limestone sculptures resembling everyday objects. In the discourse of image and likeness, they lose their functional purpose, transcending into pure, formalistic objects. Historically intended primarily for political representation or religious devotion, Andreas Blank’s stone sculptures question a (post) modernist nihilism.
As part of a group- and dialogue series of exhibitions at  the gallery this year, Andreas Blank invited 5 artists for an exhibition on the subterannean level of the gallery: Benjamin Bernt, David Murphy, Johannes Vetter, Katharina Schilling and Bärbel Schulte Kellinghaus take part in a common visual discussion of drawing, sculpture and painting taking the exhibition to another, more psychological level.
Andreas Blank was born in Ansbach (West) Germany in 1976. He attended the Karlsruhe State Academy of Art (Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste) and was Meisterschüler under Harald Klingelhöller. He has been accredited with a German National Academic Foundation scholarship, and received his MFA from the Royal College of Art in London. In 2009 he was a finalist for the New Sensations Award by Channel 4 and the Saatchi Gallery. Blank lives and works in London, Berlin and Franconia.
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