Hans Alf Gallery
Wednesday, 05 January 2022 14:01

The Great Big Winter Show #2

The Great Big Winter Show #2

14.01.2022 - 19.02.2022

 

Hans Alf Gallery kicks off the 2022 season with the annual January group exhibition, appropriately dubbed "The Great Big Winter Show". This time around, the show will include works by Armin Boehm, Anders SCRMN Meisner, Fredrik Raddum, Magnus Fisker, Adam Parker Smith, Ralf Kokke, Morten Schelde, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen and Frank Fischer.

 

 

 

Viewing rooms:

 

Armin Boehm  //  Anders SCRMN Meisner  //  Fredrik Raddum  //  Magnus Fisker  //  Adam Parker Smith  //  Ralf Kokke  //  Morten Schelde  //  Jørgen Haugen Sørensen  //  Frank Fischer

 

 

Exhibition view:

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Exhibition view:

 

 

 

Works in the exhibition:

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Exhibition view:

 

 

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 13:05

Fredrik Raddum: Joy of Sublimation

Fredrik Raddum: Joy of Sublimation

30.10.2020 - 21.11.2020

 

The sculptural universe of Norwegian artist Fredrik Raddum is characterized by a unique combination of humor and somberness, irony and social critique, provocativeness and philosophical insight. The vast majority of works in Raddum’s longstanding production make use of surprise as the primary tool: At an instant, you are both amazed and puzzled. However, the first impression is always followed by the need to look closer and in doing so, the viewer soon realizes that each work has much more than mere shock and confusion to offer.

 

Raddum’s preferred subject is the frailty of the psyche of modern man as well as his search for identity and meaning in a frantic, fragmented and often incomprehensible now. His sculptures can thus be understood as physical manifestations of our common feelings, thoughts and shifting states of mind. Essentially, Fredrik Raddum is a tireless diagnostician of society, who delivers his analysis in bronze, plastic, colored lights, stainless steel and pastel colors.

 

Raddum’s new exhibition, JOY OF SUBLIMATION, is no exception. In his newest works, the sculptor delves into the psychological concept of sublimation, a central theory of the Freudian school, which explains how the enlightened, civilized man channels his repressed, sexual energy towards more “noble” pursuits; especially scientific work, religion or the arts. The Freudian hypothesis asserts that the process of sublimation, where desires and perversities are transformed into creativity and work ethics, can prove beneficial to the individual, because all the bottled-up sexual energy is realized through ascetic discipline and thus serves to strengthen the self-esteem of the Id.

 

In addition to sublimation, Raddum addresses three other central concepts, which he - along with the former - calls the four “repression mechanisms” of existentialism: distraction, isolation and anchoring. On these four concepts, the artist says the following:

 

“How does one accept that life is without meaning? We demand that the world carries meaning, however, this demand is met with silence from a world that does not depend on us. In the gap between Man’s need for meaning and life’s meaninglessness, absurdity emerges. Absurdity feeds off this gap. We attempt to fill the gap by artificially reducing the contents of consciousness. - Isolation: We work our lives away so that reflection will never catch up with us - Distraction: Through a continuous flood of external impressions, a coherent train of thought is made impossible - Anchoring: Find a goal, save the world, have faith in God - Sublimation: Transform the pain of life through artistic abilities. But what if we stopped repressing and instead started accepting the absurd? Albert Camus argued that in the very moment we realize that we are forced to live in the present, we also realize how vast an array of life opportunities the present has to offer. The joy of life can be found in the moment. The overall message of “Joy of Sublimation” is that we must be able to see the emancipatory potential of the absurd.”

 

Published in Joy of Sublimation
Friday, 28 September 2018 11:58

Fredrik Raddum: Uncover

Fredrik Raddum: Uncover

20.05.16 - 30.06.16

 

The Norwegian word “bortenfor” refers to the intangible; that which is beyond our reach or comprehension. In the context of Raddum's new exhibition, "bortenfor" serves as a mission statement: This time around, and quite contrary to his usual approach, Raddum has decided to let chaos and chance rule in an effort to free himself and his artworks of the inevitable habits and rutines established through years of artistic practice. It is a question of moving beyond borders and frameworks in order to explore the unknown.

 

According to Raddum himself, the process of making "Bortenfor" has been characterized by "an open approximation without a framework or a certain theme that limits or hinders". This state of proverbial creative "boundlessness" acts as both a point of departure and a common thread throughout the show and its works.

 

Fredrik Raddum's search for "that which is beyond" also explains the exhibition's subtitle "Outside the Verge of Liminal Spaces".

 

In anthropology and in literature, a liminal space is "a blurry boundary zone between two established and clear spatial areas". It is this uneasy, undefinable state that the artist wishes to explore: Whether it be a man trying to focus on one thing, while his head is a whirlwind of thoughts; the disillusioned girl whose face is a blind trunk and whose hands are pacified in bundles; or the boy frozen mid-tumble, while reality (personified as two wild boars) stagger on beneath his feet - they are all seen in a state of transition, caught in liminal spaces.

 

The art is moving beyond.

 

 

Published in Uncover

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