Nature, culture, craft, gravity, cinema, folklore and literature collide and Interweave in works to create a sometimes poetic, sometimes perilous material alphabet. The particularity of Stumpf’s sculptural vernacular imbues the objects with a curious internal logic, an absoluteness that makes them entirely plausible, and yet still slippery and enigmatic, like something half-remembered and then re-made with absolute conviction. (Ruth Claxton & Gavin Wade)
Although language plays an important role in his work, it is the essential thing-ness of his objects that is the most striking aspect of his practice. (Sarah Lowndes)
Born in Mannheim (GER) Michael Stumpf currently lives in Glasgow (UK) and Germany. He studied at the State Academy of Fine Art, Karlsruhe (1996- 2001) and at the Glasgow School of Art (MFA 2004)
Michael was a co-founder and curator of the independent exhibition space Kaiserpassage 21a, Karlsruhe. He served as a committee member of Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. He co- founded and runs (with Skafte Kuhn and Lutz Fezer) the ongoing exhibition project The Tower and is a member of Poster Club, Glasgow.
He has been Artist in Residence at Covepark; Scotland, the Scottish Sculpture Workshop; Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim; CCA Andratx, Spain and the Banff Center, Canada.
Recent exhibitions include: SV12, Studio Voltaire. London; in other words, Lewis Glucksman Gallery Cork, Ireland; Poster Club Eastside Projects, Birmingham; New Alchemy, Landesmuseum, Münster; Die Show im Oktober, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; Glöckchen Whiplash, Sorcha Dallas Gallery, Glasgow; Fearful Objects, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; Samsa, Berlin; in the beginning, Plan 9, Bristol; International Project Space, Birmingham; East International, Norwich; Like it Matters, CCA, Glasgow;