Jan Henle

Jan Henle Born in 1948, Henle lived most of his life in St. Croix and is now working in Puerto Rico. His film drawings have been shown and are in the collections of major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. He has had solo exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

On Air: Con el Mismo Amor (With the Same Love) by Jan Henle (1999 - 2007)

Jan Henle - Con el Mismo Amor Directed by Vivien Bittencourt & Jan Henle Producer: Dee Vitale Henle

Cinematographer and Editor: Tom Piper Associate Producer: Vincent Katz Production Assistant: Malcolm Wyer

Text: Pierre Apraxine Graphics: Jerry Kelly

Workers: Ramón Acevedo Cruz, José Luis Ruiz, Jorge Rodriguez, Jonny Vega Barrera, Manuel Vega Barrera, Roberto Vega Barrera Special thanks to: Gilbert Acevedo, Manual Alvarez, Modesto Ayala Ortiz, Nilsa Cruz Rodriguez, Cresencio de la Rosa, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. - J.H.

“Con el Mismo Amor” (With the Same Love), a living sculpture in the mountains of southwest Puerto Rico near the town of Maricao, has been eight years in the making (1999-2007). It consists of three acres of an abandoned coffee plantation that was overgrown by tropical vegetation. Henle cleared the site with the help of local jibaros, or mountain men, working the land with axes, machetes, and other hand tools to reveal its elemental texture, color and shape. Trees indigenous to the region and in some cases nearly extinct were then planted and now punctuate the open space. The viewer can experience the sculpture either by being present in it or by confronting the monumental photographs of the site, Henle’s “film drawings”. These were made at different times of the day from platforms specially constructed on poles or in trees at the perimeter of the piece. As the process of artistic creation in Zen philosophy is one and the same with the work itself, so the land, the drawings, and all activities and interactions here brought to realization constitute one work. This open-ended, constantly regenerating work of art emerges from Henle’s fundamental belief: “You know what you are doing because you live in a certain manner and the work comes out of this life”. - Pierre Apraxine - You can watch the complete film online here.


- Homepage of Jan Henle: www.janhenle.com - Jan Henle at Sikkema Jenkins Co.: www.sikkemajenkinsco.com - Montalvo Art Center: Jan Henle - Art-Work/Work-Art - Review of Con el Mismo Amor