Henrik Eiben's latest series entitled "Jawlensky's Smile" is 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 which inspired Eiben's wall-relief sculptures. The works share a similar use of strong colour juxtapositions and elemental geometric composition.
Like most of Henrik Eiben's work, 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 love for 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. Jawlensky’s Smile Series

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Bartha Contemporary was founded by Swiss-German couple Niklas and Daniela von Bartha in January 2000. The gallery relocated to its
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