Mark Hachem Gallery-Paris
Thursday, 24. November 2016 | 6:30pm
EXHIBITION Nov 25th – Dec 14th
28 Place des Vosges
Remembrance, Wood, bronze, gouache paint
Mark Hachem Gallery-Paris is delighted to present “Transition”, a solo exhibition by German artist Wolfgang Stiller, featuring a rich aesthetic program expressed through sculpture, drawing and vast installations.
Wolfgang Stiller was born in 1961 in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he studied communication design at the GHS Wuppertal. He later pursued his education in Fine Arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Stiller has worked in many countries, notably Turkey, China and the United States, and has been a guest professor for New York University (Shanghai campus).
Internationally known for his matchstickmen series, Stiller’s inspiration is derived from materials having specific purpose or meaning, and diverse interests such as Buddhism and travel. The impermanence of human existence and a reflection on who we really are, are among themes treated in his current works.
Samsara, a bronze depicting a young man facing himself as an old man, explores cycles marked by suffering, death, rebirth, delusion and control. Nanjing is a piece interprets beheaded prisoners. Other works are visual metaphors for contemporary humanity; not specifically denouncing political oppression but debasing the concepts of human rights, dignity, life.
Stiller revels in reversing the relationship between the natural and the artificial. He upsets the hierarchies, and dismantles the classifications established in the old cabinets of curiosities.
Beyond the symbolism he retains his taste for sculpture, the possible combinations and variations across space. His work is signed by his playful deviations; without aggression but with ‘light blows,’ all the while expressing tenderness, humour and accuracy, the foibles of society and the cruelty of the human spirit.
Stiller’s work has been exhibited internationally,
including the Wuhan Fine Art Museum, Wuhan China (2015);
18 + Festival, Cluj – Napoca, Romania (2015);
Nanjing 2nd International Art Festival, Nanjing, China (2015);
Biennial de Curitiba, Curitiba, Brazil (2013); 2nd International Art Festival Kathmandu, Nepal (2012); Worldpeacefestival Freies Museum Berlin, Germany (2011);
Mube, Skulpturenmuseum Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012).
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