Stijn Ank

Ank’s body of work can be considered as an extensive research into the relationship between matter and void and the various ways in which contemporary sculpture can be defined in relation to its surrounding space.

He creates a mold with a variety of materials such as wood, aluminum, lead and rubber marking off the boundaries of a certain chosen space, which he then casts in plaster. During the casting process Ank mixes pigments with the liquid plaster, letting the material render their ultimate appearance. The works created by this process are both fragile and robust, delicate and solid, light as a feather and heavy as lead.

For Ank his works are not merely sculptures placed in space but 'stances' or 'subjects' that appear out of the space itself. They do not refer to any reality or to themselves as objects and define themselves on the basis of the relationships with both the viewer and the space thus continuously changing.

Exhibitions

Solo

2017'Stijn Ank - Works'
Nunu Fine Art Gallery, Taipei (TW) (Aug 26 - Oct 14)
2017'Stijn Ank - Unvoid'
MoCA - Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (TW) (Aug 4 - Sept 10)
Curated by Huang Yi-Han
2017'Stijn Ank - Fresco'
Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin (DE) (Jan 21 - March 4)
2017'Stijn Ank - Fresco'
Künstlerhaus Bethaniën, Berlin (DE) (Jan 20 - March 26)
Curated by Christoph Tannert
2015'Stijn Ank - Unvoid'
Netwerk art Center, Aalst (BE) (Oct 4 - Nov 11) link
2014'Stijn Ank - Vector'
Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg (LU) (Feb 3 - April 27)
Curated by Kevin Muhlen & Christine Walentiny link
2014'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES'
Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin (DE) (Feb 1 - March 28) link
2012'Stijn Ank - Interval' - S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE)
Curated by Thomas Caron (June 23 - Oct 28) link
2011'Stijn Ank' - CIAP art center, Hasselt (BE) (Dec 3 - Jan 15)
2007'Stijn Ank' - CCHA Gallery, Hasselt (BE) (March 3- April 9)
2006'Stijn Ank' - Galerie Jan Colle, Ghent (BE) (March 1 - April 10)

Group

2016’The Extension of Medium' - Nunu Fine Art Gallery, Taipei (TW) (Dec 18 - Feb 5)
2016'Open Studios' - Künstlerhaus Bethaniën, Berlin (DE) (July 14, Nov 17)
2016'The Biennial of Painting' - Roger Raveel Museum, Machelen (BE) (June 26 - Sep 25)
2015'Queering Taste - Total Affirmation' - Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (DE) (Sept 15 - Sept 20)
2015'(re)View' - CCHA Gallery, Hasselt (BE) (June 7 - June 28)
2014'Endless Column', Markthalle - Basel (CH) (June 16 - June 21)
2013'I could have lived here' - M-Museum, Leuven (BE) (June 8 - Aug 25)
2012'Facade' - Netwerk art center, Aalst (BE) (Sept 22 - Nov 18) link
2012'Efemeer' - Museum van Deinze en Leiestreek, Deinze (BE) (July 1 - Oct 7)
2011'group 1' - Entrepot Fictief, Ghent (BE), curated by Bert De Geyter (Oct 7 - Oct 31)
2011'Benefit Show & Auction' - Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Deurle (BE) (Aug 1 - Sept 3)
2011'Ename Actueel - Sediment' - Provincial Archeological Museum, Ename (BE) (Aug 27 – Oct 16)
Curated by Hans Martens
2010'Public Private Painting' - Provincial Museum of Modern Art - Mu.ZEE, Ostend (BE) (Oct 9 – Jan 9)
2010'Open Studio' - organised by Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Deurle (BE) (July 11)
2010'Group 5' - Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent (BE) (March 29 – May 16)
2010'Chipka - Prototypes' - Netwerk, Aalst (BE) (Jan 13 – April 4)
2009'Folding' - Witte Zaal, Ghent (BE) (Sept 24 – Oct 31) pdf
2007'La jeune création belge' - La Pommerie, Saint Sétiers (FR) (Aug 1 – Aug 31)
2007'Jamal's Poets Cafe' - Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE) (Jan 8 - March 21)
2007'Antigone' - National Theatre, Ghent (BE) (Jan 3 – March 16)
2006'Jette–Sur–Mer' - Atelier 340 Museum, Brussels (BE) (June 10 - Sept 10)
2006'A-parckunst' - Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels (BE) (June 7 - June 19)

Books / catalogues

2017Catalogue 'BE24'
Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE)
Text by Jens Asthoff
2016Catalogue 'The Biennial of Painting'
Roger Raveel Museum, Machelen (BE)
2015Catalogue 'Traces'
Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg (LU)
Text by Sam Steverlynck
ISBN 978-99959-30-30-1
2014Book 'Stijn Ank - Vector'
Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg (LU)
Text by Maureen Gontier
Graphic Design by Ward Heirwegh
ISBN 978-99959-30-22-6
2013Catalogue 'I could have lived here'
M-Museum, Leuven (BE) - Text by Emmanuel Lambion
2012Book 'Stijn Ank - Interval'
S.M.A.K, Ghent (BE)
Text by Thomas Caron
Graphic Design by Ward Heirwegh
ISBN 9789075679434
2011Catalogue 'Ename Actueel 2011 Sediment'
PAM, Ename (BE)
2010Catalogue 'PPP, Public Private Painting'
Mu.Zee, Oostende (BE)
2010Catalogue 'Chipka'
Netwerk, Aalst (BE)
2009Catalogue 'Folding the landscape'
Witte Zaal, Ghent (BE)
2006Catalogue 'Mumures de sirènes'
Atelier 340 museum, Brussels (BE)

Publications / texts

2017'Stijn Ank - Künstlerhaus Bethanien / Galerie Michael Janssen'
Artforum Magazine, May, New York (USA) - Text by Jens Asthoffpdf
2017'Farbe in Form'
Der Tagesspiegel, March 4, Berlin (DE) - Text by Jens Müller
2017'Stijn Ank: the artist is absent'
Art Berlin, Jan, Berlin (DE) - Text by Saskia Wichert
2017'Transformations of Space'
Catalogue text ‘BE24’ Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE)
Text by Jens Asthoff
2017'The Extension of Medium'
Taipei Times, Dec 16, Taipei (TW) - Text by Dana Ter
2016'Yoknapatawpha, Biënnale van de Schilderkunst in de Leiestreek'
Nieuwsblad, June 24, Brussel (BE) - Text by Eddy Lefevre
2015'Absence is the Highest Form of Presence'
Catalogue Text ‘Traces’ Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg (LU)
Text by Sam Steverlynck
2014'Poésie de plâtre'
Le Jeudi, March 13 - March 19, Luxembourg (LU) - Text by Florence Bécanne
2014'Stijn Ank à la recherche de l'axe perdu'
Archiduc, March 6, Luxembourg (LU) - Text by France Clarinval
2014'Stijn Ank setzt mit Vector ein Zeichen'
Journal, Feb 26, Luxembourg (LU) - Text by Sven Wohl
2014'Into the immaterial'
Artfetch, Feb, Berlin (DE) - Text by Suvi Lehtinen
2014'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES'
Monopol Magazine, Feb, Berlin (DE)
2014'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES'
Text by Marc Belderbos pdf
2012'Stijn Ank: Folding'
Domus Magazine, December, Milan (IT) - Text by Fabrizia Vecchione link
2012'Artist Stijn Ank turns room angles into geometric sculptures'
Surface Magazine, July/Aug, New York (USA) - Text by Rebecca Hart
2012'Stijn Ank - Interval'
Book Interview 'Stijn Ank - Interval' S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE) - Interview by Thomas Caronpdf
2012'Stijn Ank in de kunst nu-ruimte van het S.M.A.K.'
‹H›art nr. 99, Antwerp (BE) - Text by Isabelle De Baets
2012'Inspirerende Leiebochten'
De Morgen 28/04/2012, Brussel (BE)
2011'Stijn Ank in CIAP, Hasselt'
‹H›art nr. 90, Antwerp (BE) - Text by Christine Vuegen
2011'Dwarsdoorsnede van een jonge generatie'
‹H›art nr. 86, Antwerp (BE) - Text by Inge Braeckman
2011'De keuze van Sam Steverlynck'
Kunstbeeld nr.10-2011, Diemen (NL)
2011'Sediment: de betere zomer-expo in Ename'
Knack nr.39-2011, Brussel (BE) - Text by Luk Lambrecht
2011'MDD zet jonge kunstenaars op de kaart'
De Morgen 31/08/2011, Brussel (BE)
2011'Stijn ANK, koorddanser tussen architectuur en sculptuur'
Waterschoenen, Aalst (BE) - Text by Gustaaf Vander Biest
2010'Het eiland Chipka"
‹H›art, nr.72, Antwerp (BE)
2010'Stijn Ank - Folding'
Laa, Brussels (BE) - Text by Jean Stillemans pdf
2009'Stijn Ank - Prototypes'
PdB-printing, Ninove (BE) - Text by Thomas Claus pdf
2007'La jeune création belge'
Le Guide, nr.13, Limoges (FR)
2006'Stijn Ank'
‹H›art, nr.4, Antwerp (BE) - Text by Anne-Marie Poels

Public collections

S.M.A.K. the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (BE)
MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (LU)

Contact


Stijn Ank - 'Upcoming 2017

Upcoming 2017
'Stijn Ank - Unvoid'
Moca, Taipei (TW) - (Aug 4 - Sept 10)

Stijn Ank - 'Upcoming 2017

Upcoming 2017
'Stijn Ank - Works'
Nunu Fine Art, Taipei (TW) - (Aug 26 - Oct 14)

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Künstlerhaus Bethanien 2017
documentary film Ian Swerts

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Künstlerhaus Bethanien 2017
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Künstlerhaus Bethanien 2017
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Künstlerhaus Bethanien 2017
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
21.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
32.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
28.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
27.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
23.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
44.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
35.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
24.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
37.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
22.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
19.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
14.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'Fresco

'Stijn Ank - Fresco' Galerie Michael Janssen 2017
31.2016 - pigmented plaster, canvas - 60 x 40 x 3 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'The Biennial of Painting 2016'

'The Biennial of Painting 2016'
left work James Ensor
photo credit Patrick Schrevens

Stijn Ank - 'The Biennial of Painting 2016'

'The Biennial of Painting 2016'
10.2009 - plaster, iron, acrylic, pigment
photo credit Patrick Schrevens

'Stijn Ank - Unvoid'
in collaboration with Ian Swerts
Video Installation - 58:07 min

Stijn Ank - 'Unvoid' at Netwerk

'Stijn Ank - Unvoid' Netwerk 2015
photo credit Michel Delaeter

Stijn Ank - 'Unvoid' at Netwerk

'Stijn Ank - Unvoid' Netwerk 2015
photo credit Michel Delaeter

Stijn Ank - 'diSTANCES' at Art Basel

'Endless Column' - Markthalle Basel 2014
photo credit Kerstin Herd

Stijn Ank - 'diSTANCES' at Art Basel

'Endless Column' - Markthalle Basel 2014
photo credit Kerstin Herd

Stijn Ank - 'diSTANCES' at Art Basel

'Endless Column' - Markthalle Basel 2014
photo credit Kerstin Herd

'Stijn Ank - Vector'
Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain 2014
documentary film (teaser) Ian Swerts

Stijn Ank - 'Vector' at Casino Luxembourg

'Stijn Ank - Vector'
Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain 2014
photo credit Ian Swerts

Stijn Ank - 'Vector' at Casino Luxembourg

'Stijn Ank - Vector'
Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain 2014
photo credit Studio Stijn Ank

Stijn Ank - 'Vector' at Casino Luxembourg

'Stijn Ank - Vector'
Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain 2014
photo credit Studio Stijn Ank

'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES' Galerie Michael Janssen 2014
documentary film Ian Swerts

Stijn Ank - 'diSTANCES' at Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin

'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES' Galerie Michael Janssen 2014
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'diSTANCES' at Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin

'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES' Galerie Michael Janssen 2014
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'diSTANCES' at Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin

'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES' Galerie Michael Janssen 2014
24.2013 - plaster, iron, acrylic - 142 x 190 x 47 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'diSTANCES' at Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin

'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES' Galerie Michael Janssen 2014
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'diSTANCES' at Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin

'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES' Galerie Michael Janssen 2014
12.2013 - plaster, iron, acrylic - 129 x 64 x 47 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'diSTANCES' at Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin

'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES' Galerie Michael Janssen 2014
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

Stijn Ank - 'diSTANCES' at Galerie Michael Janssen Berlin

'Stijn Ank - diSTANCES' Galerie Michael Janssen 2014
35.2013 - plaster, iron, acrylic - 172 x 94 x 34 cm
photo credit Gunter Lepkowski

'Stijn Ank - Interval' S.M.A.K. 2012
documentary film Ian Swerts

Stijn Ank - 'INTERVAL' at S.M.A.K museum Ghent

'Stijn Ank - Interval' S.M.A.K. 2012
photo credit Dirk Pauwels

Stijn Ank - 'INTERVAL' at S.M.A.K museum Ghent

'Stijn Ank - Interval' S.M.A.K. 2012
photo credit Dirk Pauwels

Stijn Ank - 'INTERVAL' at S.M.A.K museum Ghent

'Stijn Ank - Interval' S.M.A.K. 2012
photo credit Gustaaf Vander Biest

Stijn Ank - CIAP 2011

'Stijn Ank' CIAP 2011
photo credit Michel Delaeter

Stijn Ank - CIAP 2011

'Stijn Ank' CIAP 2011
26.2011 - plaster, iron, acrylic - 72 x 50 x 11 cm
photo credit Studio Stijn Ank

Stijn Ank - CIAP 2011

'Stijn Ank' CIAP 2011
32.2011 - plaster, iron, acrylic - 100 x 77 x 58 cm
photo credit Studio Stijn Ank

Stijn Ank - CIAP 2011

'Stijn Ank' CIAP 2011
30.2011 - plaster, iron, acrylic -107 x 50 x 30 cm
photo credit Studio Stijn Ank

Stijn Ank - Exhibition at Netwerk, Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst 2010

'Stijn Ank - Prototypes' Netwerk 2010
photo credit Kristien Daem

Stijn Ank - Exhibition at Netwerk, Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst 2010

'Stijn Ank - Prototypes' Netwerk 2010
photo credit Kristien Daem

Stijn Ank - Exhibition at Netwerk, Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst 2010

'Stijn Ank - Prototypes' Netwerk 2010
photo credit Kristien Daem

Stijn Ank - Exhibition at Netwerk, Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst

'Stijn Ank - Prototypes' Netwerk 2010
09.2009 - plaster, iron, acrylic, pigment - 240 x 126 x 44 cm
photo credit Kristien Daem