Auf dem Rückem liegender Mann. 1997. Wooden sculpture, in colors. Verso signed, dated and inscribed. 24 x 45 x 24 cm (9.4 x 17.7 x 9.4 in). [SM].
PROVENANCE: Private collection Southern Germany.
Balkenhol uses traditional tools for his woodwork and considers the wood itself a living matter. Grooves, fissures, splinter and cracks on his sculptures document the creative process. The figures, the head, the face - often accentuated by painted markings - are sketchy, sometimes almost portrait-like. There is always a certain "family likeness" paralleled with the necessary generalisation for a large form. The figures convey no subjective emotions and are free of sociological or socio-critical references. They have a completely autonomous presence with a generalising vagueness, which exemplifies an existential awareness of life of post-modern man.