Hans Alf Gallery
Wednesday, 22 September 2021 12:08

Anne Torpe: Linear Disruptions

Anne Torpe: Linear Disruptions

24.09.2021 - 23.10.2021


Friday September 24, Hans Alf Gallery celebrates the opening of Anne Torpe's new exhibition Linear Disruptions”. 


The title of Anne Torpe’s new show refers to the interruptions, pauses and crises that the artist herself experiences when facing the canvas. Aside from this rather personal reference, the title also alludes to the concrete linear divisions that occur on the surface of Torpe’s paintings: The places in which the motif is interrupted by a change of color – and sometimes of gesture – like small pictorial disturbances or transitions on the surface of the painting that on one hand have caused the artist grief or aggravation, but which have also served as welcomed breaks in the artistic process; minute transitions from one place on the canvas to another.


Just as these ‘linear disruptions’ are visible to the beholder like a tactile rhythm on the surface of the canvas, they also exist deep within the actual motif. Torpe’s works are predominantly occupied by characters, who are waiting for something. They are trapped in a sort of ‘time-in-between-time’, as the artist herself describes it. One does not know whether they are taking a break from the hustle-bustle of everyday life, or if they have been interrupted by something or someone outside the frame. Regardless, they all seem to be undergoing a transition from one state of mind to another. In this way, Torpe’s works can both be seen as freeze-frames of everyday life, or as depictions of actual crises, which makes for a mysterious duality in her paintings: An acknowledgement of a fundamental coexistence of familiarity and unease.


Using old photographs from glamour magazines, stills from the movies of a bygone era, or even private polaroids as her primary inspiration, Torpe evokes compositions and atmospheres that seem strange and familiar at the same time. Torpe has a unique way of fusing seemingly disparate visions into an utterly new and personal imagery.


According to the artist, the works in “Linear Disruptions” can be seen as small scenes or stills from fictitious movies; random sequences of a drama, we all want to experience, but will never get to see. The audience is invited into the artist’s universe, where different characters and situations reoccur, but where an actual plot is never revealed. Older works from Torpe’s production occur on the walls behind the characters in some of the artist’s new paintings - but now presented in a different way so that new meaning emanate from them. The same applies to specific objects that reoccur across the artworks, like certain books, a board game, a colorful carpet. All these elements add to the atmosphere of the exhibition and simultaneously inscribe themselves in the ongoing image ecology of the artist’s oeuvre.





Published in Linear Disruptions
Wednesday, 30 June 2021 10:44

The Summer Show

The Summer Show

02.07.2021 - 31.07.2021


As a tribute to all the brilliant artists that Hans Alf Gallery represents, we have put together a special summer exhibition showcasing works by each of the 18 artists currently on our roster.


During the month of July, Hans Alf Gallery will be open Fridays, 12-17, and Saturdays, 11-16, only.




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Published in The Summer Show
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 12:41

The Great Big Winter Show

The Great Big Winter Show

22.01.2021 - 27.02.2021


Hans Alf Gallery kicks off the 2021 season with a bang, as 11 of it's represented artists showcase new works in what has been appropriately dubbed "The Great Big Winter Show". The participating artists are: Armin Boehm, Erik A. Frandsen, Christian Lemmerz, Mie Olise Kjærgaard, Anders SCRMN Meisner, Louise Hindsgavl, Fredrik Raddum, Henrik Saxgren, Magnus Fisker, Anders Brinch and Anne Torpe.


Due to the current restrictions on physical commerce, The Great Big Winter Show will initially only be open online. Come February, we hope to be able to once again welcome visitors in the gallery.




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Wednesday, 25 November 2020 14:03

Anne Torpe



Anne Torpe (b. 1981, Copenhagen) is a Danish painter, who studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 2009.


Anne Torpe's works radiate every-day scenarios in a movie like setting, bits of memory from a distant time, catching up with our contemporary lifestyle. Through a radically singular approach, Torpe uses references and ideas that are integrated into the process of the composition, creating both the scene, the humans and the figures in her topia. Where glamorus non-binary characters and the surroundings morph together in abstractions of perspective. A figurative cubism, where the collage of colors and lines plays with the degeneration of an image.


By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, she uses a visual vocabulary, where multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. The work incorporates time as well as space – a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit. Her paintings are a drawn reflection upon the art of painting itself, and therefore deeply inscribed in the history of modernism – made present most palpably in the artist’s exploration of some of the most hallowed of modernist paradigms.


Anne Torpe has exhibited at Kastrupgaardsamlingen, Städtischen Kunsthalle München, Bricks Gallery and Alice Folker Gallery among others.





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