Eric van Hove’s work explores themes of wanderlust, de-familiarisation and psycho-geography. Incorporating transcendentalist influences in his work, he 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. 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.
Recent solo shows include Fenduq, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (2019); Atchilihtallah – On the transformation of art, craft and product, Mu.ZEE, Oostende (2017). Recent group shows include The Art of Craft, Hood Museum of Arts, Hanover (2019); Beazley Designs of The Year, London Design Museum, London (2017); Sharjah Biennale 13, Beirut (2017); Marrakech Biennale 6: Not New Now, Marrakech (2016).