(35) “Why Do These Works Make Me Cry”, Lars Christensen (DK), Jeanette Hillig (DK) & Honza Hoeck (DK)

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”Why Do These Works Make You Cry?”



Works by :   Jeanette Hillig – Honza Hoeck – Lars Christensen.

Curated by Lars Christensen



November 2 – November 24, 2012

Opening reception:  Friday, November 2,   17-19


Palægade 5,    1261 København K.

Phone: +45  2125 2325     e-mail: bendixen@contemporary-art.dk

Tues – Friday:  12 –17,  
Sat: 12–15




”It is a place that exists between fact and illusion, between reality and fantasy—what D.W. Winnicott called a transitional space, where loss can be renegotiated in the re-creation and reparation of things. It is a place of affective possibility created by work that doesn’t ask me to feel, and so, I think, allows me to feel”

Andrea Fraser, “Why Does Fred Sandback’s Work Make Me Cry?”  2003


The article “Why Does Fred Sandback’s Work Make Me Cry?” is written by the New York-based artist Andrea Fraser.

The article describes Andrea Fraser’s visit at the Dia:Beacon, more specific her meeting with Fred Sandback’s minimalistic installation, a work that caused such an impact on her, that it made her cry. Andrea Fraser decided to write a paper to research various aspects of affects and emotion in art and art institutions.The article was published in 2004.


The groupshow at bendixen contemporary art “Why Do These Works Make You Cry” is inspired by the article by Andrea fraser and investigates the relation between minimalistic, reduced artforms and emotional affect.
The works displayed, represents a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, with emotion as an aesthetic, cultural and spatial phenomenon.


Jeanette Hillig, Honza Hoeck and Lars Christensen all work in the field of

extended painting/sculpture, with a common interest in a reduced abstract language, based on a analytical and experimental work process.

Jeanette Hillig’s 3-dimensional artworks cross the boundaries of sculpture, painting and the ready-made using materials such as plastic, paint and second-hand mass-produced objects.

Lars Christensen work  in a dogmatic and systematic process in which the texture, composition, capacity and volume are being tested. The methods are radical and repitative and the workflow includes various industrial tools.

Honza Hoeck works project-oriented, based on a conceptual and material context in various medias, such as, painting, photo, installation, drawings, prints etc.



Jeanette Hillig (b. 1977)

Lives and works in Copenhagen. Studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt 2005-2006 and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 2002-2008.
Jeanette Hillig has among other things been represented with a solo exhibition at Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art in 2010 and Henningsen Gallery in 2011. Group exhibitions include Lake of Fire at the Free Exhibition Building in 2011, Tetris Trane exhibition that year and Secret Garden at Gl Holtegaard in 2012.


Honza Hoeck, (b. 1974)
Graduated with an MFA from The Royal. Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2009.
Lives and works in Copenhagen.
Has among other things had solo exhibitions at Internationalistisk Ideale and Minuit Vernissage, and participated in, and curated a number of group exhibitions, including at Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Galleri Tom Christoffersen and Tove Gallery.


Lars Christensen , (b.1972)

Recently held an solo exhibition at bendixen contemporary art 2012, and at Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie in Zurich 2011. His works was in 2011 sold at international art fairs such as Art Brussels.
Lars Christensen has a wide range of exhibitions, fx at, Statens Museum for Kunst, Charlottenborg, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning and Kunstforening Gl.Strand. In addition a number of established gallery and project exhibitions nationally and abroad.
*Andrea Fraser (b.1965), a New York-based performance artist, mainly known for her work in the area of institutional critique.


 *Fred Sandback (August 29, 1943 – June 23, 2003) was a minimalist conceptual-based sculptor known for his yarn sculptures, drawings, and prints.

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