Yngve Holen was born in 1982 in Braunschweig (Germany). The German-Norwegian artist currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied at Städelschule in Frankfurt from which he graduated in 2010. The artist uses industrial production techniques and tackles symbols of power and speed, such as cars and planes. His work is dedicated to rethinking the human being, their limits and vulnerability in an era of new technologies.
For VERTICALSEAT Yngve Holen presents his new production CAKE, a large-scale sculpture made from the ultimate object of desire for the nuclear family that also craves luxury and speed: the Porsche Panamera. The vehicle is cleaved in four like a cake distributed into equal shares, thus continuing Holen’s serial dissection of objects that populate our everyday life. The gesture is apparently simple (in reality, it required an impressive technical feat), but startling for the way it reveals the seemingly sentient “mortality” of something thought of as wholly inanimate—only a machine. The resulting object, splayed and totally inoperable, sits with a strange splendor. Its engine, split leather seats, cracked windows, and other mechanisms visible, the car appears like a specimen of an extinct creature. The equal yet useless division of such a luxury asset provokes the question: Is it possible to redistribute resources in a world of increasing inequality?
CAKE is a full Lafayette Anticipation production and was premiered at VERTICALSEAT, a soloshow at Kunsthalle Basel (May 12 - August 14, 2016).
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Every day from October 11 - 23, 2016