Axel Anklam’s sculptures and reliefs create an exciting interplay of dynamism and calm, lightness and strenght, openness and closedness. His oeuvre impressively combines musical principles and the personal experience of being in nature. Anklam’s sculptural formulations are inspired by experiments in sound and harmony, especially by Pythagoras’ consonance studies, and by impressions and memories of untouched landscapes he has wandered through. The sculptural language unfolds in a field of tension between abstraction and figuration. Both opaque and transparent materials are used: epoxy resin, carbon, fibreglass or stainless steel, from which the artist repeatedly creates net-like structures. Their surfaces absorb and reflect the light, thus broadening the viewer’s horizon of perception: Anklam’s works open up a new awareness of the relationship to the spatial environment and ultimately to ourselves.
Axel Anklam was born in 1971 in Wriezen/Brandenburg. After completing an apprenticeship as an art blacksmith, he worked as a restorer at Sanssouci Palace. From 1998 to 2006 Anklam studied sculpture at the Burg Giebichstein University of Art and Design in Halle an der Saale and at the Berlin University of the Arts as a master student of Tony Cragg. He was a guest lecturer at the Technical University of Vienna and held a guest professorship at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart. Anklam has received numerous awards, most recently the Berlin Art Prize (2017). His works are in renowned collections, such as the Berlin collection Frisch, and are regularly shown in solo and group exhibitions as well as at art fairs. Anklam lives and works in Berlin and Bad Freienwalde/Brandenburg.