Wolfgang Stiller is an artist who currently resides in Berlin, Germany. He is best known for his installations and of those installations, he is arguably most famous for his matchstickmen sculptures. The artist is not traditional by any means and doesn’t sculpt from raw slabs of any sort of stone or wood but rather uses prefabricated objects and attempts to repurpose them through new context or other means. Stiller came up with his idea for the matchstick men while living in a studio space in Beijing, China where he had leftover head molds from a movie he had helped out with and leftover bamboo wood from another installation. He played around with the two until the human heads came to represent those of a matchstick. Wolfgang Stiller went on to do what is a great example of pushing one’s creative ideas. He replicated his matchstickmen in all sizes and different contexts, expanding the developing idea to its symbolic limits. The pieces can be read as partial to several different ideas, most prominently worn out or burned out human beings, left in a matchbox or strewn around a room after use. See his pieces and discern them for yourself below! To read an excellent interview of Stiller and his perception of the art world check out this link!
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