Bartha Contemporary is delighted to announce Henrik Eiben’s latest online-exclusive exhibition entitled Jawlensky’s Smile. Inspired by the Russian expressionist painter Alexej Georgewitsch von Jawlensky who was active in Germany and is best known for his work as a key member of the Blauer Reiter group and his enigmatic portraits, that in turn inspired Eiben’s latest wall-relief sculptures. The works share a similar use of strong colour juxtapositions and elemental geometric composition.
Henrik Eiben’s showcase features a suite of new intimate wall reliefs, these multifaceted pieces are full of deceptions and wilful contradictions. They evolve from a reduced vocabulary consisting of predominantly geometric elements, that embrace a thoroughly joyful use of colour and in this instance are applied in a wide variety of materials.
Eiben’s love for unorthodox materials extends to the use of Nailvarnish, fake leather, brass and copper. Humble every-day materials are used alongside highly engineered elements, often made in collaboration with craftsmen.
The artist’s interest in the use of such a wide variety of materials began during Eiben’s studies in the USA. It was then that he decided to work untethered to any dogma and embraced variety, each material 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.