Eric van Hove
Born in 1975, in Guelma, Algeria, Eric van Hove spent his formative years in Yaounde, Cameroon. He holds a B.A. from École de Recherche Graphique, Brussels, Belgium, and advanced degrees from Tokyo Gakudei University, Tokyo, Japan. His practice cuts across a range of media and art forms including, installation, performance, video, photography, sculpture and writing. Acknowledging transcendentalist influences in his conceptual practice, van Hove’s work considers other ways of knowing and making beyond the Eurocentrism of the contemporary art world. Van Hove’s work has been shown internationally at venues including, the 52nd Venice Biennale; Mudam Museum of Contemporary Art, Luxembourg; STUK Museum of Contemporary Art, Leuven, Belgium; Ueno City Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Marrakech Biennale 5 and 6, Marrakech, Morocco; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt. His practice reflects a willingness to simultaneously address local and global contexts.
” I think my work is based on a sort of utopian idealism to bring together people in a sort of global village. My work is about individuality and identity, and within that reside collective identity and distinct communities that affirm themselves through their singularity and differences.”
Eric van Hove. Mahjouba I (2016). Edition of 3. Mixed media: Middle Atlas white cedar wood, yellow copper, red copper, copper-plated forged steel, recycled aluminium, nickelled silver, tin, cow bone, camel bone, rubber, cow’s skin, batteries, plastic, magnets and resin….
At Richard Taittinger Gallery, painter Nirveda Alleck and sculptor Eric van Hove evoke the mechanics of the modern world. Read more here