James Henkel是一位极具玩心的艺术家,孩童般无边的想象力和“解决问题”的赤诚热情,促使他将身边的物件幻化成令人难以忘怀的感性之作。

“我总是一个人待在工作室里,那儿好像一间即兴剧场。我喜欢把玩身边的那些小东西,我会问自己,我为什么喜欢它?它究竟有什么特质?我带一些东西回工作室,一直留着。有时候它们真的只是待在工作室的一角,一待就是好几年,不过也有可能会被重新利用,直到成为某种隐喻和象征。我不断的观察它们,我喜欢有目的的把玩,因为我热爱解决问题。在这个过程中,我好像又变回了小孩子。我是家里的独子,成长路上有些孤独,却始终与想象力为伴。”

Artist James Henkel is an expert at play. With an imaginative spirit and a passion for problem solving, Henkel transforms every day objects, occurrences and scenes into quirky and eye-catching images. “All work alone. Very alone. It’s almost like improvisational theater. I find objects and just start to play. I ask myself : Why am I interested in this ? What are its qualities ? I see something, pick it up, take it to the studio… and keep it ; sometimes it sits in the studio for a couple years. It gets used or maybe it gets recycled. The objects become metaphors and symbols. I just continue to revisit things. It is play with purpose. There is a problem-solving element that I really enjoy.  It’s like being a kid, I grew up an only child: the being alone part goes hand in hand with imagination.” –James Henkel

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