I choose a moment in time and let the sculpture tell its story. The small human figures I have created so far are bodies I know, scenes I remember, or have been told about, that have touched and influenced my life.
Working on these small, very delicate sculptures - which are made of simple wire, tape, glue and scraps of newspaper (deliberately chosen) – is a long, slow process. Shaping the figure and tenderly tracing the nuances of this person's posture opens up new spaces of deep understanding and empathy for the fragility of human existence and its resilience.
Very personal works are created, autobiographical, in which I deal with a part of my history, with my family, with myself – while transferring these personal stories into sculptures that tell of complex human conditions such as exhaustion, withdrawal, safety or of balance and weightlessness, of a life-defining step or of calm clarity.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Angela Kehlenbeck received a degree from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Illustration and began her career working in picture book illustration, followed by freelance work as an artist in painting, drawing and sculpture. Kehlenbeck was a lecturer at the Institute for Teacher Training and member of the artist communities GB Gueterbahnhof and Atelier-Dammweg in Bremen, Germany. After moving to the Unites States Kehlenbeck now lives in Brooklyn, NY and works in her studio at J&M Studios in Sunset Park.
Made in NY 2022
March 26 to May 15, 2022
Made in NY is the Schweinfurth Art Center’s annual juried exhibit of work made by artists who live in New York State. The 2022 edition includes 77 pieces by 70 artists and features artworks of all media including painting, photography, fiber art, ceramics and sculpture. Opening Reception is on March 26th from 5–8 pm.
Made in NY 2022
January 21 – February 16, 2022
The NARS Foundation is thrilled to begin the year with the first iteration of Re-discoveries, a new series of exhibitions that showcase the recent works of South West Brooklyn artists who have consistently made work throughout the past 25+ years.
NARS Main Gallery and Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
Sunset Park Wide Open is held in fall 2021 with partners around the neighborhood in Sunset Park.
Open Studios at J&M Studios: 10/15 - 10/16/2022
Sunset Park Wide Open 2021 – NARS Foundation
Pandemonium: Postcards from the Edge on view at Chroma Projects Art Laboratory in Charlottesville, Virginia, October 1 – 31, 2021. The project invites artists to interpret what we have collectively been going through over the past months of turmoil while also showcasing their resiliency and adaptability.