Questioning the notion of absence and the materiality of gesture, Röcker’s monochrome studio-worked pieces reveal the sensitive properties of raw materials used in construction, such as plaster, concrete, clay, bronze or wood. Using materials sparingly, his imposing yet inconspicuous sculptures are reminiscent of both elementary forms and rock deposits. The artist questions the influence of humans upon matter, directing his attention to explore bumps, openings and crevices as worthy of the viewer’s focus and often unites small multiple works into a single combination His works, guided by instinct and stripped of all technical perfection, offer the viewer a form of devotion.
Philipp Röcker (b.1984 in Aalen, Germany) lives and works in Düsseldorf and St. Vincent de Tyrosse, France. He studied BA Graphic Design at HM, Munich, Germany (2006-2010); Art studies at HGB, Leipzig, Germany (2010-2012) and Sculpture studies MA at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany (2012- 2016). Solo exhibitions include: BILDER DER HAND, DIE DIE SPUREN EINTRÄGT, V8, karlsruhe (2018); Abdruck einer Leidenschaft, Goldberg Galerie, Munich (2018). Group shows include: Suspension, Wiener Art Foundation, Vienna (2019); Man Kann Ohne Mantel Gehen, Sittart Galerie, Düsseldorf (2017); Start17, Goldberg Galerie, Munich (2017); Salon Ghol, Gallery Noah Klink, Berlin (2017); Da Instinktiv die Frontalansicht Dominiert, Kunst im Hafen e.V, Düsseldorf (2017); De Statua, KIT, Düsseldorf (2016); EDITION 24- grölle pass:projects raum2, Wuppertal STEINE UND LICHT, Kunstraum Praxis, Kempen (2016); Die Grosse, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 2016); To Learn to Look at, Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf (2016). Prizes include: Award/Die Grosse, Kunstausstellung, Düsseldorf (2019); Sculpture Award - Michaelshoven, Cologne (2018); Lepsien Art Foundation-emerging artists, Düsseldorf (2016).