Eric van Hove’s practice explores themes of wanderlust, de-familiarisation and psycho-geography, expressed through installation, performance, new media, sculpture and writing. Incorporating transcendentalist influences in his work, van Hove offers a more spiritual and decentralised approach to Eurocentric intellectualism. The artist’s sculptures are hybrids of different cultural and social contexts, through which he explores the aesthetic and metaphorical territory between craft and capitalist production. Blending artisanal work with mass-produced objects, van Hove creates works that embody the contradictory nature of materials and their socio-economic and ecological implications.
Van Hove’s recent exhibitions include The Art of Craft, Hood Museum of Arts, Hanover; Beazley Designs of the Year, London Design Museum; Atchilihtallah – On the Transformation of Art, Craft and Product, Mu.ZEE, Oostende; Atchilihtallah – On the Transformation of Things, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2016–17); Sharjah Biennale 13, Beirut (2017); Not New Now: Marrakech Biennale 6 (2016) and Where are we now, Marrakech Biennale 5 (2014).