Krupic Kersting Gallery || KUK, Cologne
“Eden & Lernout’s installations provide frames of reference and orientation that reroot ideas and foster new avenues of perception. They build models whose spatial arrangement generates new horizons of experiencing knowledge. In a playful fashion, their space related sculptures open up new data structures, the graphic interface of which is open to democratic and anti-hierarchical reception."
— Florian Waldvogel, Introduction to the publication
"Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout, Nothing’s easier than that", Editor: Cultural Foundation of the Sparkasse Stormarn Holstein, 2008
In contrast to the 1960s and 1970s art, the work by Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout is not about breaking norms or crossing the boundaries of genre but about revitalizing the heteronomous possibilities of art and the negation of the dictates of autonomy. Their main focus emphasises on different types of migration and their cultural localization. Formally, Eden & Lernout have developed an abstract, geometric-constructivist and formal language. Often they refer to political landscapes in their geometric paintings, objects and installations. The principle of superposition of layers runs through the picturesque, sculptural and installative levels of their artistic projects. Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout have been working together as an artist couple since 2004. In 2007 they moved from Berlin to Vienna where they have been living and working since then. In 2014 they have been awarded with the prestigious Theodor-Körner-Fonds-Grant in Vienna, Austria.