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Henrik Menné

Whether they are dynamic or static; sculptures by Henrik Menné are basically about process, balance and about organizing matter through both rigid systems and chance.

The major part of Mennés production consists of large-scale machines or arrangements temporarily put at work when exhibited - all sculptures are ‘in the making’ so to say. Their process is always silent, controlled and structured by repetitive movements as the machines transform a single material - plastic, wax, metal or stone - into peculiar objects. These soft-formed elements are seldom regarded as autonomous art works and destroyed or recycled when no longer on show.
Although closed and often self-referring, the system in which the process takes place both changes the environment and is sensible to changes in the environment. The instability of the physical context is therefore what causes important marginal variations in the shapes of the particular outcome.

The static sculptures by Menné contain the same immense effort and obsessive trait when it comes to putting forces such as gravity and well-known qualities ascribed to conventional materials into play. Another more conceptual approach is to be found in the few replicas of everyday objects, which are disturbed to the point where they loose the original function.

The intriguing low tech and analogue character of all works by Henrik Menné make visible the principle on which the individual system of the particular sculpture is organised. Despite this rational transparency works by Menné almost always appear as logically impossible and tremendously beautiful.

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available works
camera-based works
public art / commissions
   
  Ting og sager / Stuff, solo exhibition 2012
biography (PDF) Brain in a Vat, solo exhibition 2007
   


machine sculptures and arrangements


  Roger Ballen (US/ZA)

Thomas Bangsted (DK/US)

Claus Carstensen

The Ib Geertsen Estate

Gudrun Hasle

Henrik Menné

Mogens Møller

Mie Mørkeberg

Allan Otte

Dan Schein (US)

Jeffrey Silverthorne (US)

Christian Skeel

Morten Søkilde

Morten Søndergaard

Anna Sørensen

Christian Vind

The Richard Winther Photographic Estate
  Henrik Menné
114L
2006
dyed glue, aluminum, iron, fan, heating element, engine
variable dimensions (machine 300x300x250 cm)
Autumn Exhibition 2006 Charlottenborg, Cph.




  Henrik Menné
114L
2006
dyed glue, aluminum, iron, fan, heating element, engine
variable dimensions (machine 300x300x250 cm)
Autumn Exhibition 2006 Charlottenborg, Cph.




  Henrik Menné
56L
2004
glue, fan, iron, heating element, engine
variable dimensions
(machine 180 x 150 x 150 cm)




  Henrik Menné
75P
2004
dyed paraffin wax, iron, heating element, engine
variable dimensions
(machine 150 x 150 x 150 cm)




  Henrik Menné
Container
2005
polystyrene balls, fan
diameter 210 cm




  Henrik Menné
80S
2005
candle wax, heat bulb, aluminum
variable dimensions
(machine 170x150x120 cm)




  Henrik Menné
80S
2005
candle wax, heat bulb, aluminum
variable dimensions
(machine 170x150x120 cm)




  Henrik Menné
Stone and Acid
2004
marble, citric acid, plastic, wood, device
220 x 60 x 80 cm - stone 36 x 36 x 36 cm
 

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