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Lena Henke

Laundry Day, 2015

Laundry Day, 2015, clay, bottle, detergent, coin, 2 parts, each 47 x 23 x 9 cm

Horses in Bonds, 2015

Horses in Bonds, 2015, clay, bottle, 39 x 30 x 20 cm, 32,5 x 20 x 20 cm

Fesseln in Treibsand, 2015

Fesseln in Treibsand, 2015, clay, bottle, sand, coin, 55 x 17 x 12 cm, 39 x 20 x 20 cm

Lena Henke and Marie Karlberg, ONE STEP AWAY FROM FURTHER HELL, March – April 2015, Vilma Gold, London
http://vilmagold.com/exhibition/lena-henke-and-marie-karlberg

(Images courtesy of Vilma Gold, London)

April 10, 2015
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Lena Henke

Relief VII (square), 2014

Upper Part (head), Relief VII (square), Relief VI (small package), 2014, 1 ton of sand, bigbag, chain mail, resin, dimensions variable

Upper Part (head), Relief VII (square), Relief VI (small package), 2014

Installation views DIE (Handmade in America), September – Oktober 2014, Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt
http://www.parisakind.com

(Images courtesy the artist and Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt)

October 7, 2014
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Lena Henke

Installation view group exhibition LOVE OF TECHNOLOGY, MoCA North Miami

The Euphemistic Model (Fingering), 2013, mixed media on stainless steel grating, approx 5,8 x 3 feet x 4 in

The Rustic Temple Model (Parking), 2013, mixed media on stainless steel grating, approx 12 x 3 feet x 4 in

The Original Model (Strolling), 2013, mixed media on stainless steel grating, approx 6 x 3 feet x 4 in

Installation view group exhibition LOVE OF TECHNOLOGY, MoCA North Miami, September – November 2013
http://mocanomi.org/2013/09/love-of-technology

November 13, 2013
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Lena Henke at Oldenburger Kunstverein

DEMATERIALIZE … NOT! MODELS OF THE IRRATIONAL

“Build up the courage to leave art, and the fetish, behind. Move forward into reality, then move on to ecstasy.”
Mike Kelley, 1999

Fetishism is a behavioral category—a relationship between person and object. Rather than being a mere thing, the object is credited with extraordinary qualities, irrational values and meanings. As a result, it takes on a double presence, mere physical object on the one hand, auratic added value on the other, flickering between “reality” and “ecstasy”.

Lena Henke’s installations and sculptures inhabit precisely this liminal zone between (seemingly) functional, familiar everyday object and the elusive embodiment of fantasies, memories, and associations. Henke takes objects out of the setting where they are usually used, stripping them of their purely practical value and inserting them into a new context. In 2009, she made her seven-part FIRST LADIES series, sculptures consisting of simple white bar tables with a range of different plinths symbolizing a specific characteristic or foible of the First Lady in question. Her solo show in 2011 at Frankfurt’s Galerie Parisa Kind also addressed the power of objects as direct references to societal stereotypes, roles, and conventions. SCHLANGEN IM STALL (Snakes in the Stable) referred to clichéd little girl’s dreams, teenage horse obsessions, and having a crush on the riding instructor. Various saddle types served as models for cast fiberglass sculptures, but their original function is barely discernable. The constant shifting of the sculptures between mere object and representation of an abstract idea also corresponds with the fragility of the installations. Tall stacks of bar tables and casts taken from saddles balanced on precarious stilts made of deodorants and aftershaves testify to the fickleness and subjectivity of ascribed meanings.

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October 3, 2012
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Lena Henke

HANG HARDER, 2012, wooden panels, tarpaper, epoxy resin, chairs

HANG HARDER, 2012

HANG HARDER, 2012

HANG HARDER, 2012

Installation views HANG HARDER, February – April 2012, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein
http://www.neueraachenerkunstverein.de/content/2012/ausstellungen/lena-henke/?lang=en

March 29, 2012
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