“As a sculptor I have always done a lot of drawings, technical ones out of practical necessity and free ones for joy and pleasure of the immediacy of expression they offer. The need to make more out of the medium drawing has, over time, led me to cut into the drawings in order to gain a sense of space and make the drawing come into life.

In this way I made my first reliefs that were initially very hermetic volumes which possessed strongly pictorial qualities. I have always been fascinated by their dual function as image and object. The deliberate positioning of the relief image on the wall then prompted me to work with side-specific installations to integrate the respective architectural situation into my artistic concept."

- Andreas Kocks


Born in Oberhausen, Germany, Andreas Kocks received his MFA in sculpture from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. His work has been featured in museum exhibitions worldwide including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Manchester Art Museum, England, the Museum August-Macke-Haus in Bonn, Haus der Kunst Munich, Germany, and the Kerawa Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland. In 2006 Kocks was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowship.

His installations carry a quality of movement and spontaneity, recalling splatters, marks and drips, but are carefully constructed from layers of cut watercolor paper, metal leaf coated paper, or lacquered metal.