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Andreas Kocks

Oberhausen 1960 - lives in New York and Munich

Andreas Kocks studied sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, moved to New York in 1988 and established his reputation internationally with his paperworks. His relief-like paperworks that are often set in graphite developed out of his sculptural drawings, as he began cutting the drawings with a scalpel to add more space. He then reached his core topic - site-specific installations that correspond with the surrounding architecture. In these works, space is at the centre of attention and the viewer is led perceive not only the artwork itself but its surrounding. His works derive their strength from the contradiction between the lightness and vulnerability of the material and the vitality of the drawn or painted gesture. They are often commissioned for private and public collections.

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