Produced on the occasion of Yngve Holen Horses, 1 September–16 September 2018, Kunsthalle Düssseldorf.
The starting point of the series Rose Painting is the rims of five different SUV models. Their isolated cores were 3D scanned, scaled to a diameter of two meters, and milled in cross-laminated timber. The shift in size and change of materials, from aluminum to wood, makes the works recall the wagon wheels of historical horse-drawn carriages or stagecoaches. In their deliberate non-functionality, they particularly emphasize the ornamental quality and point to an entire spectrum of concentrically designed elements, from the rose painting style to the Gothic rose window.
Together with the Japanese photographer Satoshi Fujiwara (*1984 in Kobe, Japan, lives and works in Berlin), Holen has produced an artist’s book for the exhibition. In it, Holen and Fujiwara, who is known for his extreme closeups and sensitivity to structures, combine their interest in surfaces and appearances.