Hengeveld howl 600px

Robert Hengeveld

In Robert Hengeveld's Howl, a perpetual coyote-and-bunny chase races along the bright green tracks of a custom-built rollercoaster. It is never quite clear which decoy is chasing the other. Both decoys fall well short of the reality they stand to represent, and yet the spectacle of their wild and persistent action seems to make up for their lack of living breath or the occasional blemish in the stab at authenticity. Situated beneath the looping track is a vibrant landscape formed through the heaping piles of shredded paper. Accents of purple, neon pink, and red pop like wild flowers in what becomes an over-romanticized semblance of nature. The abridged world it creates is fantastical despite the ever-present reality of its modest materiality.

Robert Hengeveld was born in Toronto in 1976, where he lives and works today. Hengeveld studied art at the School of Design and Visual Arts, Georgian College (Certificate and Diploma, Fine Arts, 1998), Ontario College of Art and Design (AOCAD, 20000) and University of Victoria (MFA, 2005). Recent solo exhibitions include those at Union Gallery, Kingston; MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph; Eyelevel, Halifax, Eastern Edge Gallery, St John’s; CIRCA, Montreal; Mercer Union, Toronto; Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton; and shows at Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto, where he’s represented. Hengeveld’s practice examines the interstices between the real and the artificial, and often comprises immersive installations that mimic landscape but reveal their own construction.

Supercrawl Insiders

Loading 484f73409767babdbff2b917342eb6ace0c021c2731d4ea4c0c2c6adeeedb017