Lena Henke has developed a diverse body of sculptural works, often arranged in comprehensive spatial installations. Henke’s work references urban planning, Land Art, human relationships, sexuality and fetishism, consistently infiltrating the patriarchal structure of art history with a very smart and humorous tone. Her formal language and use of materials often alludes to Minimal Art combined vividly with Surrealist imagery to examine the structures of street life and the ideas of city planners and urban theorists such as Jane Jacobs, Roberto Burle Marx, and Robert Moses.
She has exhibited internationally, recent projects include solo exhibitions at S.A.L.T.S., Basel, Switzerland, Real Fine Arts, New York 2016, Kunstverein Dortmund (2015); Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl (2014); White Flag Projects, St. Louis (2014); as well as in group exhibitions at The 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture, Stuttgart; Regards, Chicago, and Emanuel Layr, all 2016, and at the 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience New Museum, New York, Off Vendome, New York; Vilma Gold, London all (2015) and Kunsthalle Bern (2014). Her work has been discussed in a number of publications including Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Pin Up Magazine for Architectural Entertainment, New York Times, Artnews, Spike magazine and many more, and has contributed to several exhibition catalogues.
In 2013 Henke co-founded M/L Art Space, a collaborative curatorial project that usually resides in the streets and semi-public spaces of New York.
Lena Henke (born 1982 in Warburg (GER)) lives and works in New York City and Frankfurt am Main. Henke has studied at the Städelschule under Professor Mi- chael Krebber (2004-2010).