The pure white marble of Naxos is one of the lightest and most transparent marbles used for sculpture since Paleolithic times. Presently Ingbert Brunk is the only sculptor world-wide working with this rare material.
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“Stone is a material that evokes vivid associations with me. Through my work I try to communicate these associations to my public.”
Marble of Naxos is composed of large, clear crystals. Although appearing hard as stone, it is also a very haptic material of a smooth softness. Brunk picks up on this double-sided feature of his chosen material and crafts ambivalence into his entire oeuvre. Though reduced in a minimalist manner to basic forms of a serene beauty, each of his sculptures displays juxtapositions of opposites: hard and soft in material; round and rectangular in form; pure white with shades of color and transparency in appearance; simple and sophisticated in their expression; shallow and deep in their meaning. Brunk has developed a mastership next to none in incorporating such opposites into harmonious and very haptic sculptures of great beauty. Perhaps these are the ambivalent associations marble evokes in him.