In his work, Stijn Ank (1977, Aalst, Belgium) studies the range of ways sculptures can relate to their surroundings. Using materials like wood, aluminium, lead and rubber, he makes moulds around a chosen space which he then casts in plaster. During the casting process, he mixes pigments in with the liquid plaster. The creations emerging from the mould are brittle and robust, light as a feather and heavy as an anvil.
Ank’s artistic practice is twofold. In his daily studies, he uses his intuition to create new works in his studio. Outside of his studio, he makes impressive installations, where the space itself serves as a mold. Those works are only shown during exhibitions. For the first time, Ank will be creating one unique on-location sculpture based on prior studio work at Club Solo, uniting the two pillars of his artistic practice.
Working on location is time-consuming, and the resulting sculptures reflect the time taken to create them. These works also won’t be around for long. The unique Club Solo sculpture is set to be destroyed after the exhibition. Because of its temporary nature, which stands in stark contrast to the time-consuming construction process, visitors will get an experience of something that will be lost forever.