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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Henrik Eiben

b. 1975, Japan

Henrik Eiben's multifaceted works are full of deceptions and wilful contradictions. Influenced by American minimalism the artist's paintings, works on paper as well as installations evolve from a reduced vocabulary of predominantly geometric shapes. However their composition is not derived from mathematical systems but instead develops intuitively. Eiben predominantly works with unorthodox materials mixing fabrics ranging from cheap fake leather to cashmere felts or knitted wool with construction materials as well as applying a variety of painting techniques. His love for fabrics as a medium first began during his studies in the USA. It was then that Eiben decided to work with such a wide variety of materials, each chosen for its ability to serve as a means to accomplish a preconceived idea, rather than for its inherent attributes. Many of Eiben's pieces at first appear as clearly defined abstract art-works, however on closer inspection their often skilfully hidden sub-context reveals a broader and more nuanced approach to abstraction. The clever interaction between distinctly different mediums as well as highly contrasting colour schemes allow Eiben an artistic freedom, which result in exceptionally engaging works of art.

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Shifting Stacks by Henrik Eiben contemporary artwork Henrik EibenShifting Stacks, 2018 Watercolour on paper
88 x 65.5 cm
Galerie Christian Lethert
Patience by Henrik Eiben contemporary artwork Henrik EibenPatience, 2018 Watercolour on paper
110 x 96.5 cm
Galerie Christian Lethert
Dropit (Armchair) by Henrik Eiben contemporary artwork Henrik EibenDropit (Armchair), 2016 Cashmere, car lacquer, felt, leather, wood, aluminium
220 x 176 x 9 cm
Galerie Christian Lethert
Double Rotation by Henrik Eiben contemporary artwork Henrik EibenDouble Rotation, 2017 Wood, mouth-blown glass, silicone
110 x 120 x 15 cm
Galerie Christian Lethert
New Haven by Henrik Eiben contemporary artwork Henrik EibenNew Haven, 2018 Watercolour on paper
27.3 x 37 cm
Galerie Christian Lethert
Black Forest by Henrik Eiben contemporary artwork Henrik EibenBlack Forest, 2018 Mouth-blown glass, Tiffany glass, steel, oak, silicone
208 x 180 x 17 cm
Galerie Christian Lethert
Tom Boy, Great Joy Series by Henrik Eiben contemporary artwork Henrik EibenTom Boy, Great Joy Series, 2012 Copper and acrylic paint
155 x 30 x 30 cm
Bartha Contemporary
Ful Stop by Henrik Eiben contemporary artwork Henrik EibenFul Stop, 2016 Watercolour and crayon on paper
22.3 x 29 cm
Bartha Contemporary

Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Should I Stay or Should I Go? at Bartha Contemporary, London
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28 February–13 April 2019 Group Exhibition Should I Stay or Should I Go? Bartha Contemporary, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Henrik Eiben, Condo at Bartha Contemporary, London
13 October–19 December 2015 Henrik Eiben Condo Bartha Contemporary, London

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