What is the true nature of man? Are we born good or bad? Or is good and bad something we learn from education, cultural or social influence? It is questions like these that are asked in the new solo show by Peter Holst Henckel opening in Gallery Specta on January 18th.
The exhibition is made up by a series of new photographic works and installations in which Peter Holst Henckel suggests a number of surprising and thought-provoking ideas on the complex and strange nature of man.
In both the two new contributions to his ongoing series ”Explaining the World to a Child” as in the third part of the solo show, Peter Holst Henckel explores how nature and culture can unfold – and appear – in a world made by man. With the humour and poetic approach characteristic to his work, Peter Holst Henckel adds sharp cuts to the ideas we have about ourselves and the world around us.
In this way, the new exhibition is related to Peter Holst Henckel’s famous butterfly series, ”World of Butterflies”, from the early millennium-years. The base is the always subtle and refined artistic expression, now further unfold and developed.
Peter Holst Henckel (b 1966 DK) has done numerous exhibitions, ad he is currently participating in the exhibition ”This Way 07” at Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts i Odense, until February 24.th.
In recent years Peter Holst Henckel has made several remarkable public works in Trekroner, Hadsund, København, Svendborg, Taastrup and Aarhus in collaboration with a number of architects. And when the New Playhouse for the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen opens on February 16th Peter Holst Henckel’s latest contribution to the integration of art and architecture is one of three commissions in the building.