Born in Germany in 1960, artist Wolfgang stiller had made a name for himself with his intricate and highly original installation work. He has done extensive exhibitions both nationally and international, including over 30 one-man around the world. He has also done group exhibitions in places such as London, Seoul, Beijing, and Rome. In 2008 he moved from his New York City home to Peaking, and a year later was offered a position as a guest professor for New York University’s branch campus is Shanghi. While in China he did some mannequin production work for a film, which left him with dozens of head molds. Combining these head molds with thick pieces of bamboo wood from a previous installation, Stiller created his most recognized installation piece called “Matchstick Men”. The instillation consists of the head molds being attached to the bamboo planks and burns so that they look like matches. Stiller then puts these lifesize matches in a variation of poses. Some lay in a matchbox, some on the floor, others are propped against the wall. The literal effect of all of it is matchbook men.
In an interview with artguybook.com, Stiller talks about how he collects materials for his installations such as “Matchstick Men”. He says, “I don’t consider myself a classical sculptor since I’ve never been tempted to take wood or stone and try to do anything with it. I like to work with prefabricated things I run into … changing the character or original purpose by using them in a different context or simply using them as an initial element.” He goes on to say, “As an artist, I have a reason why I’m doing what I’m doing. I need a motivation or initial reason for doing it. I am interested, inspired, disturbed, excited by many things I see in life. My work is “my way” of reflecting those things.” To see more of Stiller’s installations as well as his drawings and sculptures click here.