Since 1985 the sculptor Maximilian Verhas has created works in bronze and German silver, which he describes as rolling bodies. By gently hitting on a smooth surface, Verhas’ abstract sculptures can be set in motion. Calculated by the artist, they roll in a certain rhythm over their convex or concave curved running edges and open themselves in rotation to the viewer from all sides. Verhas’ sculptural work breaks with the traditional character of a sculpture: it transforms from a passive, static object into a moving element. The inherent possibility of localized change in the sculptures and the associated polydirectional visibility determine their aesthetic value. Due to the continuous variations in point of view, the viewer’s perception is stimulated and the limited understanding of sculptural works is overcome.
Born in Essen in 1960, Maximilian Verhas first studied painting as well as graphic art and figurative sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, then abstract steel sculpture at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin. After study periods in Canterbury/Great Britain at the College of Art and in New York, he completed his studies with distinction in 1990 as a master student of David Evison. Verhas’ rolling bodies can be seen regularly in solo and group exhibitions and are in private and public collections such as the Landesmuseum Schleswig-Holstein or the private collection Bucerius in Hamburg. Verhas lives and works in Berlin.