Yngve Holen has been garnering a lot of attention in recent years. First noticed in Norway for his exhibition Bed Call at Landings Project Space in Vestfossen, Norway, followed quickly by Half Asleep to the 2010 Hot 1001 at Neue Alte Brücke in Frankfurt M, Germany. The half Norwegian, half German conceptual artist has gone on to exhibit widely across Europe and Scandinavia, with solo exhibitions in Sweden, Germany, Austria and Norway. Most recently, Stavanger’s Rogaland Kunstsenter organized an exhibition of Holen’s work entitled Extended Operations, which received positive critical reviews in Kunstkritikk and other journals.
Holen’s practice investigates the increasing human intrigue with technology in his sculptural accumulations of everyday objects. The forms he uses borrow materials and designs from the engineering, aviation, automotive and consumer appliance industries. His often human-like titles further instill his sculptures with a corporeal sensibility. In this sense, Holen’s work interposes between man and the man-made.
Holen’s work Sensitive 4 Detergent is currently on view in New York City as part of the larger group exhibition Archeo on The Highline. The new installation consists of two sculptural works made from a washing machine drum and a suds container, and sits amongst the overgrown vegetation along with other artwork such as Carol Bove’s Catepillar and Him and Me by Jessica Jackson Hutchins. For a full listing of artworks and information about placement, see The Highline’s map, here.
Yngve Holen (b.1982 in Braunschweig, Germany) currently lives and works in Berlin.