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Christian Henkel

Christian Henkel

Berlin/Germany

Installation, Mixed media, Painting, Sculpture • Born in Rudolstadt • Studied at Dresden/Germany

Published  31/10/2016

"Amateur Standard"

The work itself is driven by the pure act of creation, exaltation and the innocent joy of making it. Each piece is made with the will to find sublimity and precision. This refers to my own method of creation, which I named “Amateur Standard” to reflect the passion of a hobbyist. Choosing imperfection before virtuosity.

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Christian Henkel

Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, 2015, with J. Hausmann & C. Kryzecki

Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, 2015, with J. Hausmann & C. Kryzecki

Kosmo Pian & my god is the sun, 2015, metal, wood

Kosmo Pian & my god is the sun, 2015, metal, wood

Kosmos Pian, 2015, wood, metal, wood

Kosmos Pian, 2015, wood, metal, wood

"SMPL", Gallery Hammerschmidt Gladigau, 2015

"Maximumlikelyhood", Kunsthaus Erfurt, 2016, with DAG & Hannu Prinz(right)

"Two drops on a hot stone", 2016, burned clay

"Two drops on a hot stone", 2016, burned clay

"Amateur Standard", Kunstpavillon Innsbruck, 2012

"Black matters", Marthouse Gallery, Amsterdam, 2010

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

It is brand new. It is big. It is light and it is mine!

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

I like watching the big pigeons in the thorn tree in front of the window while waiting for the coffee to finish.

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

I tend to use classical sculptural materials such as wood, metal and glas. The simplicity of cutting wood and the difference of painting on it compared to oil on canvas is what I like.

What themes do you pursue?

shape, color, space

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

That I am a painter and not a sculptor.

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

In my private museum that has not been build, yet.

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

music

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

landscape on my bike


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2015/16

"SMPL", Gallery Hammerschmidt & Gladigau, Erfurt

2015

"superficial" (w/ Sebastian Menzke), Gallery Kristine Haman

2014

„HEART CHOR“ (w/ Marc Jung), Kunsthaus Erfurt

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GROUP

2016

"MAXIMUNLIKELYHOOD" Kunsthaus Erfurt

"Liaison", Uferhallen Berlin

"A bad end story", Musikbrauerei Berlin

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EDUCATION (detailed)

2000 - 2006, HfBK Dresden


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