Stephen Wilks 1964

Woont in Berlin. Werkt in Berlin.
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Wilks is best known for his performances, Animal Farm and Trojan Donkey. The fascination with anthropomorphic iconography, in which human characteristics are ascribed to animals, often plays an important role in the work of Wilks. Wilks occurred in the project Animal Farm, based on the satirical story of George Orwell (1945), into the human-animal universe. Wilks organized street parades, with larger than life animals that were carried by people on hands. The issue of corruption of ideals was being raised: ‘All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others'. During Trojan Donkey, Wilks carried a life-sized stuffed donkey on his back. The donkey travelled around the world and stayed with people who in their turn gave the donkey a personal message. 'Wearing a donkey on the back' refers not only to regional English slang, but also to humor noir, described by Surrealist André Breton (1935). The donkey as a beast of burden, which in many cultures is associated with poverty, becomes a major significance in the work of Wilks is. In his exhibition Timelines (2012), plays the donkey again a central role. Wilks says: "Often people ask me about When The donkey project will finish, it's a cumulative work and the whole theme of the donkeys traveling keeps generating new ideas'. The exhibition displayed no substances donkey, but one of gold. As often in the work of Wilks returns, this work also refers to the iconic donkey described in the Classic time by Lucius Apuleius, also called The Golden Ass. The poetic book describes the story about a man who by his beloved accidentally turns into an ass and then the world through the eyes of the animal perceives.In addition, some work in relation Timelines themselves to the financial markets and the economic turmoil in the world, such as cabbage, wrapped in newspaper which figures are visible. Wilks has a fascination for the columns of figures and lines in newspapers. Changing these figures normally fast in the stock market, Wilks submit them forever stuck in sculptures made of ceramic. His recent work the project Bottle River “Vessels” (2015) comprised of around 1,500 individual ceramic pieces which meander like a river through the exhibition space. The Mass produced plastic bottles are potentially a toxic byproduct of the petro chemical industry, but contained the essential element of life "water". Here they are transformed by the artist into fine ceramic vessels. Each vessel made by hand giving each piece it's own character. A monumental work at first sight but after closer inspection the viewer becomes aware of the uniqueness of each bottle.

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Het Parool 16 december 2016
Antropomorfische iconografie is Wilks' specialisme. Hij verbeeldde eerder de beesten uit George Orwells Animal Farm en deed een perfor­mance met een ezel als een kruising tussen biechtvader en Sinterklaas. Ook de flessen krijgen onvermijdelijk iets menselijks. De link naar het Terracottaleger van Qin Shi Huangdi is snel gelegd, maar die beelden zijn vrij statisch. Hier staan groepjes samenzweerderig bij elkaar. Een grote stoet trekt in processie langs de wand. In de achterzaal wordt een rituele dans uitgevoerd. Onvoorstelbaar hoeveel zeggingskracht Wilks uit een simpele plastic fles weet te persen.
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Stephen Wilks Born in Bridgwater, England, 1964; lives and works in Berlin. Education/residencies 1998 Grant: DAAD, Berlin 1993 Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam 1990 École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris 1987 Fine Art & English Literature, BA, Canterbury, Kent Selected Solo Exhibitions 2017 Philoxénie - IEAC Strassbourg, TABLE-VILLE, Résidence Apollonia - IEAC, Strassbourg 2016 Flood, andriesse eyck galerie, Amsterdam 2015 Bottle River (Vessels), buitenplaats Kasteel Wijlre, Bonnefanten Hedge House, Wijlre 2013 Vessels, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam 2012 Timelines, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam 2010 Carrousel 2010, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam Foules, fools, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France Impromptu, Forum, Centre Pompidou, Paris Galeries territoires partages, Marseille 2009 What goes around comes around, Galerie Kai Hilgemann, Berlin Lane vert, Centre Pompidou education, Paris 2008 Trojan Donkey and Animal Farm, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam The bull and the donkey, Galeria Ysabel Pinyol, Barcelona Le fet du panier, Marseille 2006 Animal Farm (project), l’Etablissement d’en Face, Brussels Animal Farm (exhibition), Xavier Hufkens, Brussels Traveling donkeys, Galerie Nelson, Paris 2005 L’âne bleu, La Tangente, Marseille Galerie Kai Hilgemann, Berlin Villa Arson, Nice 2004 Station Oudenaarde, Belgium 2003 Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen Xavier Hufkens, Brussels 2002 L’Atelier, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris Bethanienhaus, Berlin 1999 City Pity 2, DAAD Galerie, Berlin 1997 City Pity, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels 1996 Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam 1995 Galerie Nelson, Paris 1991 Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris Selected Group Exhibitions 2017 Drawing & More, andriesse eyck galerie, Amsterdam Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou Philoxénie, IEAC, Strassbourg 2015 Tierre schauen, Hegenbarth Sammlung Berlin, Berlin You & I, BuBox, Kortrijk 2014 This Infinate world, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur Les Arpenteurs, Saline Royale, Arc et Senans 2013 This infinite world, Set 10, Fotomuseum Winterthur 2011 Drawings galerie Hilgemann Berlin KÜNSTLERSAMMLER: MONA HATOUM, ARTURO HERRERA UND KARIN SANDER KUNSTHALLE KOIDL, curated by CHRISTINE NIPPE 2010 L’ane vert, Centre Pompidou, Paris Busan Biennale, Korea 20 years printemps de septembre, Domain Vranken Pommery, Rheims Everyday Ideologies, Kunstmuseum/Kloster unser lieben frauen Magdeburg, Magdeburg 2009 Multipistes (project), from l’Ecole Nationale d’Architecture, Rabat, to Meneer de Wit, Amsterdam Kaap kunst kaapt fort, Fort Ruigenhoek, Groenekan 2006 Quo Vadis? Art Affairs, Amsterdam Geschichten, Geschichte Set 3, Fotomuseum Winterthur Faites vos jeux ! Kunst und Spiel seit Dada, Museum für Gegenwartkunst, Siegen 2005 L’Idiotie, Domaine Pommery, Reims 2004 Prêts à prêter 1, FRAC PACA, Marseille Saadam Afif, Lucio Auri, Michael Ballou, Philip Horst, Pierre Malphettes, Stephen Wilks, Galerie Kai Hilgemann, Berlin Zwischenwelten, Hochschule der Künste, Dresden Fondation Yvon Lambert, Avignon Di-stance, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan 2003 Action-Man-Oeuvres #4, Triangle France, Cabaret Aléatoire, Marseille 2002 Jos De Gruyter, Anne-Marie Schneider, Stephen Wilks, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels 2001 Des Territoires, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris 2000 Biennial of London organized by David Medalle (see Artforum, January 2000) Printemps de Cahors, Cahors Remake Berlin, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur / NBK Berlin 1999 City Pity 3, Workhouse, Liverpool (Biennial of Liverpool) Sympathikus. Einblicke in das vegetative Nervensystem der Kunst von heute. Stephen Wilks, Katerina Vincourova, Avery Preesman, Manfred Peckl), Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach 1997 Groene Pasen, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle AAP NOOT KUNST - over, voor en door kinderen. Kinderen kiezen kunst, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam 1996 Zomertentoonstelling 2 - Tacita Dean, Stephen Wilks, Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam Dessein de dessins, Paris 1995 20 Artists, Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam / Great Western Studios, London Dora Garcia, Dianne Hagen, Liza May Post, Anne-Marie Schneider, Gert Verhoeven, Stephen Wilks - une proposition de Bart Cassiman, Galerie Nelson, Paris Call It Sleep, Witte de With, Rotterdam