LEAD/FOLLOW - My conversations with wood" Oct 22 to Nov 19 2016
“LEAD/FOLLOW - My Conversations with Wood" shows new works by the German artist and sculptor Christoph Finkel. He has in recent years made several successful exhibitions internationally, and this is his second solo exhibition in Sweden. In "LEAD/FOLLOW" we moving focus from Christoph's extreme technical skills, to the long and intimate interaction between the artist and his always unique and idiosyncratic material. An interaction where the parties alternately lead and follow, where the singularity of the wood can be perfection in the "conversation" with Christoph Finkel.
It's hard not to become dazzled by how skillfully Christoph Finkel handles wood. Or how he constantly refines and develops new techniques to create unique, sculptural bowls and vases or simply just sculptures. But for Christoph technology is means to convey the story, and to create a perfect work of art. His search for the right tree near his home in the Bavarian Alps, his ongoing "conversation" with a living material that always offers new challenges and opportunities, his time-consuming work with the lathes and hand tools that require millimeter precision and finally, his anticipation and control of an at least month long drying process. Christoph Finkel's sculptures are ultimately a combination of his own artistry and skills, and of the tree's history and unique characteristics.
NOTE The overview pictures below reflects the proportions between all works included in the exhibtion. The detail pictures are maximized for each object individually.
About Christoph Finkel
Christoph Finkel was born in 1971 in the small German village of Bad Hindelang. He came in contact with wood and lathes in his early years, since his father, grandfather and great-grandfather worked as cabinet makers. Christoph's interest in the material aroused, but he took his own path and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Nürnberg in 1992 - 1998. His efforts led him from his early figurative sculpture to his own interpretation of vessels and vases, where function plays a completely subordinate role. After several years abroad, Christoph moved back to southern German Bad Hindelang, where he currently lives and works.
Christoph Finkel had his international breakthrough at Paola Lenti's exhibition at the Milan Design Week 2012 and he has since then had several large, high-profile exhibitions. He has been nominated for major awards, including the Danner Preis and he also won the Hessian State Award for German Arts & Crafts at Tendence in Frankfurt in 2014.