I discovered his works at fall 2013 during PARIS – CIRCUITS BIJOUX , at the exhibition ‘Precieux Passages’ at Bibliothèque Forney. A first « face to face » with a (very) STRONG creation !
Strong creation that encountered SUCCESS : in 2012 the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp presents his works, together with some other students, at SIERAAD 2012 Amsterdam, we saw his works at Marzee Graduate show 2012 AND 2013, an exhibition during SCHMUCK 2014 (« Lights ON/Lights OFF » 3 stations Galerie, Munich), an exhibition during SCHMUCK 2015 (« Oscure sacrifices« , together with Jorge Manilla, at 3STATIONS, Munich), an exhibition during SCHMUCK 2016 (« Trans-it » – 3STATIONS, Munich), has been selected for TALENTE 2016, Munich, he is presented at AUTOR 2016 (the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair in Bucarest, Romania) ……
This is not the « Route of Success », it’s an HIGHWAY !!!
Jonathan Hens · X10IONS OF THE TRIBE #7 necklace 2015 pewter/ sutures/ leather/ rubber/ diamond dust ® Hanne Nieberding
« After having researched different kinds of sub-and material-cultures, Jonathan Hens constructs with his own culture of tin while exploring the different qualities of the metal, making himself a master of his practice. By engraving, pouncing and printing, he develops a new dimension to the material. This results in graphic surfaces combined with archaic shapes and volumes. Hen’s pieces, beautiful as they are, are not indented as mere objects, but as points of recognition in a world of Tribal Ravers. They cross time and cultures. They are an ode to the pleasures of the now. »
– Jonas Belde, Fashion Designer, at Marzee graduation show 2012 Jonathan Hens (MA) – at Marzee graduation show 2012 - Belgium, Antwerp, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten – #8, 2012, necklace, pewter, sutures – 430 x 260 x 99 mm –
Jonathan Hens works presented at Autor 2016
« Jonathan Hens’ striking work speaks of recent developments in today’s world, which has seen a fusion between the banal and the subcultures and becomes a place where men and women have merged into androgynous beings.
His designs are the result of an intense search for an alternative identity. Rather than a classic example of beauty, the viewer gets to see Hens’ interpretation of it. He chose the material pewter to launch his fetishism line.
His dark look mirrors (or reflects) ‘the now’, a place where there is scope for experiment and self expression. His atypical aesthetic has no truck with traditional techniques. Jonathan Hens creates a visual game between austere forms and a rough edge finish. He heightens the geometry and black textures by using suture thread to bind the various elements.
His work raises many questions, such as what beauty means today and whether or not there is still a difference betweens the sexes.
Jonathan Hens’ work gives us greater insight into the diversity of our world. » / Jorge ManillaTHE CITY IS MY CHURCH – 2014 – #1 Necklace -Pewter/ Sutures/ Latex
HUMAN 2.0 by Jonathan Hens
BEYOND FASHION 3m2 PROJECT ROOM PRESENTS
HUMAN 2.0 BY JONATHAN HENS
Oct 13- Nov 10, 2016
24/24 window display
beyondfashion 3m2 project room
+32 472 420 683
Jonathan Hens - HUMAN 2.0 #6 necklace 2016 pewter/ sutures/ latex
Jonathan Hens – Human 2.0 #1, #4 and #5, necklaces made of pewter, suture and latex
Jonathan Hens – Human 2.0 Performance By Vincent van Reusel on the nocturnal opening night of our new project with work of Jonathan Hens
2011-2012 Master Jewellery design & Silversmithing – Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (Belgium)
2008-2011 Bachelor Jewellery design and Silversmithing -Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (Belgium)
2007-2008 Bachelor Fashion design – Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (Belgium)