Henrik Eiben

You’d Better Run

October 14th – November 13th, 2016 Opening reception: October 14th, 6-9pm

Color, line, and light, define the new works of Henrik Eiben’s 3rd solo show at Pablo’s Birthday- You’d Better Run. When asked about his art, Henrik Eiben responds, "What makes a painting a painting?”. He is not asking a question; rather he is describing a stance implicit in his work. A sculpture may have qualities of a drawing, and a painting may have qualities of a sculpture, In Eiben's view, these distinct terms are unnecessarily rigid. His work ranges from simple watercolor line drawings to quite complex three dimensional sculptural works all consistently inspired by new materials, spatial relationships, and concerns of scale.

Eiben’s works are deeply thought through, planned, and executed. The compositions result mostly in colorful minimal abstract works which resist categorization and encourage the viewer to question the process of painting. Born in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan, Eiben lives and works in Hamburg Germany. He was a student at The State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, where he studied under Silvia Bächli, and later was in residence at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), in São Paulo, Brazil, where his art began to adopt a South American-esque embrace of sensuality, lightheartedness, and liberal use of color, bringing it into conversation with the more reduced formal minimalist disposition from which he came.

October 14th - November 13th, 2016