Axel Anklam, Jan Muche
„Stahl in Aspik“
Sculpture – Painting
March 2015

Stahl in Aspik – Axel Anklam und Jan Muche

Skulptur, Malerei/Sculpture, Painting 7. März – 25. April 2015/March 7 to April 25, 2015
Vernissage/Private View: 6. März 2015 von 19–21 Uhr/ March 6, 2015 19.00–21.00

Save the date: Axel Anklam – Einzelausstellung bei IG Metall Berlin.
Sonderführung: Dienstag, 14. April 2015, 19 Uhr

Save the date: Axel Anklam – Solo Show at IG Metall Berlin.
Curator’s tour with the artist on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 19.00

Einladung-Stahl in Aspik

Axel Ankla, Black Mountain, 2015,
Edelstahl/stainless steel, Epoxidharz/epoxy resin, carbon, 24 x 31 x 14 cm
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We are pleased to present, with “Stahl in Aspik” (Jellied Steel) exhibition, an artistic dialogue between a sculptor and a painter. Steel, as a constructional element, plays a leading part in their work. Axel Anklam (born 1971 in Wriezen/Brandenburg) in his stainless steel sculptures as well as in his sculptures of fibreglass demonstrates a reduced and clear design vocabulary; the architecture of his sculptures originates through an interaction of light and space. His sculptures are based on primary shapes oscillating between weightlessness and mass, allied with his handicraft skill and sensitive artistic experience. All his sculptures in stainless steel, fibreglass, epoxy resin and carbon reflect his great sense of harmony, which is based on studies of Pythagoras. After qualifying as an ornamental blacksmith he began to study sculpture at the Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design Halle, Saxony-Anhalt. He continued his studies under Tony Cragg at the UdK Berlin, where he gained his Master of Arts degree in 2004. In 2014 Axel Anklam was involved in two art-in-architecture design projects to be included in the new building of the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung.

Jan Muche (born 1975 in Herford/NW) is a figurative painter whose subjects and architectures oscillate between a pretended reality and a constructivist concept of reality which he creates by exceptional perspectives and use of colour. His passion is stimulated by the motifs he finds in historic photographs, second-hand books and catalogues of architecture; by this means he made a series of buildings, which appears like obstinate citations of views by the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. Muche’s structures, towers and silos hide their steel skeletons behind a painterly façade; they have their roots in historical industrial buildings but are new creations. There are not any narrative elements in his paintings; his architecture is fragmented in patterns and structures. Unique buildings appear in his work, each of which develops a life of its own, far away from a correlation of time and space. Muche first qualified as a lithographer, then from 2001 on to 2006 he studied painting under K.H. Hödicke at the UdK Berlin, whereby he received his degree as a Master student.

Biography by request.