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 decentralised 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 elaborate artworks embodying the contradictory nature of contemporary material and visual culture and its paradoxical socio-economic implications.
Van Hove has partaken in numerous international shows, most recently Ethics in a World of Strangers: Nirveda Alleck and Eric van Hove, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York (2017); Atchilihtallah – On the Transformation of Art, Craft and Product, Mu.ZEE, Oostende (2017); Atchilihtallah – On the Transformation of Things, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2016–17) and Not New Now: Marrakech Biennale 6, Marrakech (2016).