Andreas Kocks: The Singles Collection

Andreas Kocks

October 16 - December 1, 2014

Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York is pleased to announce its third solo exhibition with German artist Andreas Kocks. A sculptor best known for his large-scale paper installations, Kocks playfully integrates elements of drawing, painting, and architecture into his abstract and meticulously crafted sculptures. Working from a limited palette, Kocks carves thick sheets of watercolor paper to create textured, layered works that give the illusion of three-dimensional brush strokes, splatters, and drips.

In previous series, Kocks has created site-specific installations that include monumental structures that span from floor to ceiling and blur the boundaries of defined architectural space. THE SINGLES COLLECTION marks a transition into and an exploration of mostly framed works. Working within a contained space, Kocks finds ways to maintain the energy and movement found in his larger pieces while navigating a defined perimeter. These concentrated pieces seem to burst and ooze out of their frames. Some of them even contain elements that do, literally, extend beyond the frame. The personal face-to-frame quality of these smaller, individual pieces allows for a more intimate dialogue between the viewer and each work to evolve, a dialogue which Kocks has compared to the personal relationship that can develop between a person and a piece of music that is listened to over and over. The exhibition title is a nod to this musical inspiration as well as to the fact that each artwork stands alone: a single that viewers can return to again and again.

The use of metal in several of the new pieces elegantly compliments the fragility of the paper structures and also signifies an expansion in the artist’s palette and choice of materials. The gold, silver, and aluminum leaf that cascade and swirl across the various works originates from the artist’s past experiences with heavier sculptures, but has been introduced here to highlight the personal, reflective, mirroring elements of these framed pieces.

With artworks that always seem to embody a transitory state­– between a sketch and a sculpture, falling apart and arising, lightness and weight, stillness and motion– Andreas Kocks is a master at balancing the subtle paradoxes that keep viewers captivated and coming back for more.