Eric van Hove’s work explores themes of wanderlust, de-familiarisation, and psycho-geography. Incorporating transcendentalist influences in his work, van Hove deploys a more spiritual and decentralized approach to the Eurocentric intellectualism of the contemporary art world. The artist’s sculptures are hybrids of different cultural and social contexts through which he explores the aesthetic and metaphorical territory in between craft and capitalist production, regional and global. By blending artisanal work with mass-produced objects, Van Hove creates elaborated artworks embodying the contradictory nature of contemporary material and visual culture and its paradoxical socio-economic implications.
Solo exhibitions include Institut Supérieur du Langage Plastique, Brussles (2010); Rossicontemporary Gallery, Brussels (2012); CCC, Tours (2013); and STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven (2014). Group exhibitions include National Museum of Algiers (2009); Van Abbemuseum, Einhoven (2007); and CAC, New Orleans (2012).