Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York is excited to announce Heavy Metal, an exhibition of new work by Andreas Kocks. In these lively, abstract sculptures, Kocks showcases precision-cut lines and provocative negative spaces that draw inspiration from the built environment and the natural world.
Kocks employs brass, metal leaf on paper, and wood to create winding, airy compositions of overlapping and interweaving shapes, embracing the tension between the strong presence of the solid material and the whimsical forms he creates. Metallic elements are polished to a high sheen, mirroring light and reflecting the gallery and viewer, while negative spaces reveal the surroundings beneath and behind the pieces. Through this duality, Kocks pulls the encompassing environment and the perspective of the viewer into the work itself.
Throughout the exhibition, Kocks challenges the structure of the art gallery, with a combination of framed and unbounded installations. Solid Ether, a polished brass composition that bends and winds delicately along the wall, demonstrates Kocks’ playfulness and embrace of opposites. The installation Opus consists of reflective rectangular structures radiating outward from a pentagonal nucleus, like a sprawling geometric metropolis or star-filled galaxy viewed from above. Through these evocative works that are both weighty and architectural, delicate and organic, Kocks captures and celebrates moments of fragility and transition, dissolution and progression.
Andreas Kocks was born in Oberhausen, Germany. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and his MA in education at the University of Düsseldorf. In 2006 he was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowship. In addition to exhibiting at museums and galleries in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Finland, England, and the United States, he has received numerous commissions from private and public clients. His works can be seen in museums and private collections in Europe and America.