We are pleased to invite you to the rst exhibition in Belgium of the Swedish sculptor Henning Hamilton. There is a particular dualism in his sculptures titled “Europeana”.
On one hand they have a very mysterious character, largely due to their origination. The works are composed of pieces of debris, which have washed ashore on the coasts of the tiny Swedish island Kalvö. Because of this fragmentation they show a history, a specific story.
But on the other hand, they’re timeless, majestic and, most of all, a whole. Fate has brought the components together with a coincidence, but thanks to Hamilton and his sense for materiality and colour, they are being combined consciously.
With subtlety and a bit of humour he creates incomplete complete unities. The result are sculptures, about one meter high, which all seem to have a different personality. They invite us to get to know them, but one can never truly understand them. For that we need to know their background, which has been forgotten somewhere in the Scandinavian waters.
Because of this complex existence the Europeana-sculptures tell a lot about people as well. First of all, about their creator Henning Hamilton, who chose to pay attention to what is considered to be garbage; who went to the island with a view to work with what was given to him by the sea. Second of all, about the spectator, who sees these sculptures after they’ve been washed ashore again, this time driven by an artistic stream, to a context which differs immensely from their original setting, but in which they also seem to t perfectly. Finally, they also tell something about humanity itself. Humans, who don’t know what to do with their fantasy and dreams in this functional reality. Who can change both the world and themselves. For whom nature is no longer a ‘natural’ environment. Humans who have changed everything and who now have to deal with the consequences of their fantasy.
Henning Hamilton (1987, SE) lives & works in Gothenburg & Stockholm (SE). He is supported by Carl Kostyal, London & Stockholm who has presented his work in various group shows, amongst others ‘For Pete’s Sake’ & ‘Friends In Need’. Other exhibitions are: ‘We Are Born Crying’, NSFW, Gothenburg (SE); Like a Bug, Konstakademien, Stockholm (SE) and Vårsalong, Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg (SE). He will participate in the group show ‘Call Me’, at Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, opening in May. His work is part of the public art collection of Sweden and various private collections in New York (USA), London, (UK), Sweden, and Europe.