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Hedwig Houben

The Hand, The Eye And It



Houben’s work is informed by a constant evaluation and reflection on the artistic process. Instead of presenting the confident attitude of the finished art object, Houben invites the viewer into an analysis of her own process of creation, showing her doubts and deliberation concerning the object made. Houben uses this analysis as a new moment of creation. The form that this takes varies from lecture to public intervention, from sculpture to video. While the physical object provokes reflection and reevaluation on the artistic decisions that determine the character of the sculpture, the shapes of the physical objects are also influenced by the reinterpretations, as if Houben’s thoughts are given a tangible dimension. Her work hovers over the gap between the physical experience and the rational thoughts it triggers, between the intuitive activity and the self-conscious awareness, simultaneously showing the inseparability of the physical and the mental aspect and the impossibility to bridge the gap in between.


About Hedwig Houben: Houben (b. 1983, Netherlands) studied at the Art Academy St. Joost, Breda (NL), Art Academy Düsseldorf (DE) and graduated from the Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Ghent (BE). Solo shows include Personal Matters and Matters Of Fact, Playstation Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam (NL); Five Possible Lectures On Six Possibilities For A Sculpture, P/////AKT, Amsterdam (NL). Group shows include Found in Translation, Casino-Luxembourg, Luxembourg (LU); Manufacture 2, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (EN); OOO, Daine Singer Gallery, Melbourne (AU); The Shape Of Forms To Come, Kuttner Siebert Galerie, Berlin; Manufacture, Parc Saint Léger – Centre d’art contemporain, Pougues Les Eaux; Sober & Lonely Institute For Contemporary Art, Johannesburg; Cross Roads, KIT, Düsseldorf; Gasthoven, Aarschot; 100 x 100, Zwervende Tentoonstelling #15, Rotterdam; Déjà vu, Fabriek, Eindhoven; Pleasure Ground, Lokaal 01, Breda (2010/2011).
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