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Yngve Holen, sensitive to detergent, Tired, 2011, front bumper, tire, detergent, handwritten Post-it notes, cotton towels, 11' 11 1/4“ x 6' 2 3/4” x 2' 7 1/2".

Yngve Holen

Autocenter Contemporary Art Berlin

Yngve Holen, sensitive to detergent, Tired, 2011, front bumper, tire, detergent, handwritten Post-it notes, cotton towels, 11' 11 1/4“ x 6' 2 3/4” x 2' 7 1/2".

Under fluorescent light, the mirror foil letters of the words SENSITIVE TO DETERGENT glimmered on a wall in a corner of Autocenter’s one-room exhibition space. Although this banner was similar in appearance to John Knight’s wall text AUTOTYPES, seen in his 2011 show at Greene Naftali in New York, any pursuit of the apparent affiliation between Knight’s work and the recent sculptural production of German- Norwegian artist Yngve Holen leads only to a dead end. The auto parts included in Holen’s exhibition may have been intended to pun on the name of Autocenter, a ten-year-old fixture among Berlin’s independent art spaces, but they did not treat it, as Knight might well have done, as a subject for critique. Instead, in the vein of contemporary assemblage sculptors such as Rachel Harrison or Isa Genzken, Holen’s work takes a position whereby the traditions of the readymade and of

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