Lena Henke (b. 1982) is a New York- and Frankfurt-based artist who uses sculptural installations and photography to engage interior design, architecture, and art-historical debates over minimalism in order to comment on current issues of materiality, manufacture, and display. Her solo exhibitions include SHE SAID SOMETHING LIKE DON’T LET ME WALK THE STAIRS AGAIN I SAID BUT YOU LIVE THERE, Real Fine Arts, New York, NY (2012); H. H. Bennett, Lena Henke and Cars, (together with H. H. Bennett) 1857, Olso, Norway (2012); and Core, Cut, Care, Kunstverein Oldenburg, Germany (2012). Group exhibitions include NAB + RFA @ Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France (2012); STEPHEN, Pro Choice, Vienna, Austria (2012); and If I had eight hours .., Kunst Raum Riehen, Basel, Switzerland (2012). Henke was awarded the Kunststiftung NRW Grant for an individual catalog promotion (2012), the West LB-Stiftung Zukunft young artist Grant (2012); and participated in the International Residency Program at Air Antwerp (2011). Publications include Lena Henke, First Faces, NAK & Mousse Publishing (2012), New York Magazine (2012), and Wandering Magazine (2012). Henke received her M.F.A. from the Glasgow School of Art Scotland and has also attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Frankfurt. During her Governors Island residency, Henke will develop site-specific sculptures and installations.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist