Yngve Holen is a Norwegian-German artist whose work is made from the combination of materials and technologies that define today’s industries and our everyday surroundings. Consisting of sculpture and research-based publishing, Holen’s work explores replaceability, boundaries, and the human body’s imbrications in the culture of consumption. Holen mixes traditional materials such as metal, marble, glass, and wood with more recent industrial techniques like 3D printing, water jet cutting, and spare parts. The work is informed by diverse fields such as transportation and industrial food production, plastic surgery and security systems. It interrogates not only the appearance of today’s industries in our daily lives, but also the human body’s relationship to them and its own subjectivity.
Holen is the recipient of international acclaim, including the Robert-Jacobsen-Preis (2017) and ars viva (2015). His work has been the subject of large-scale institutional solo exhibitions, including “Heinzerling”, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2019), “Horses”, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2018), and “Verticalseat”, Kunsthalle Basel (2016).
As of February 2020