HENRY STÖCKER (DE)
German artist Henry Stöcker is primarily a sculptural artist. Through different materials, he creates biomorphic sculptures that are inspired by the human figure and explore volumes and negative space.
His studies in Biology and fascination for sculptures play an integral role in his artistic practice, resulting in a body of work that creates a dialogue between science and art. He also finds inspiration in the human figure and its mass, weight, and volumes.
Stöcker has mastered a variety of materials which allows him to create sculptures in metal, plaster, concrete, wax and wire. His sculptures explore fragility and balance, and challenge gravity as thin-legged elements support voluminous components. Through playful three-dimensional forms, he invites the viewers to explore and interact with his artworks.
The artist constantly asks the audience to look for recognisable figures, bringing to life biomorphic shapes that may otherwise only be seen through a microscope. This blurs the line between the figurative and the abstract, highlighting the interrelations of organic forms and artistic expression.
Stöcker produces two-dimensional artworks as well, whose subjects echo his three-dimensional works. Many of these drawings function as preliminary sketches, but also have a strong aesthetic quality on their own. In these artworks, the viewer can witness a glimpse of Stöcker’s creative process as he explores the relation of shapes and negative spaces on paper. The sketched designs are plastically conceived so that their interrelationship allows a pictorial space to arise. Although sculptural thinking remain strongly recognizable in his designs, Stöcker’s drawings are interesting artistic products thanks to their balanced colours, and exploration of different materials like ink and collage.
Stöcker’s innovative approach to sculpture has earned him numerous awards throughout his artistic career, and he continues to surprise with his wondrous creations.