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Armin Boehm: Nachtcafé (pas d'assurance pour la Nuit)

28.05.2021 - 26.06.2021

 

Friday May 28, Armin Boehm's new exhibition Nachtcafé (pas d'assurance pour la Nuit)” opens in Hans Alf Gallery. 

 

Armin Boehm (b. 1972, Aachen) was born and raised in southwest Germany. Today, he lives and works in Berlin. Boehm attended the academy in Düsseldorf, where he was the protégé of Jörg Immendorff. He is represented internationally by Meyer-Riegger (Berlin and Karlsruhe), Peter Kilchmann (Zürich), Francesca Minini (Milano) and Susanne Vielmetter (Los Angeles).

 

As a painter, Boehm has a unique style and touch that make his images instantly identifiable. Boehm almost always incorporates paper and textile patches in his works as a tactile reminder of the many layers of meaning in any image. As Boehm himself puts it, he “likes to paint with a pair of scissors”. This technique serves to emphasize the constructed nature of the painting, and because of the unusual texture of the canvas, strangely recognizable but still not entirely familiar, the viewer is forced to reexamine the work and second-guess his first impression. It is a way of provoking the eye and impeding automatic cognitive reactions.

 

As an artist, Armin Boehm is both part of society and someone situated on the outside looking in; he is simultaneously the elegant Berlin dandy, who is often pictured lounging in the periphery of his own motives, and the perspicacious and sarcastic polemicist, who calmly registers and dissects from a distance. Whatever his subject may be – innocuous cityscapes, riots from the suburbs, surreal portraits, decadent champagne parlors or flower still lives – Boehm playfully and freely makes use of the past and the present, of the humorous and the tragic, the beautiful and the monstrous, of the political and the naïve. In his often rather epic paintings, he moreover demonstrates his abilities as a sardonic storyteller, who always allows for at least two contradictory readings of the same scenario.

 

In “Nachtcafé (Pas d’assurance pour la Nuit)” it is the myth of the metropolis, the decadence of the elite, and the eternal conflict between the beautiful and the hideous in a globalized city that Boehm places under his microscope. Snapshots of busy crowds surrounded by commercials and billboards in a nameless square are complemented by gloomy tableaus from the private home of the bohemian, where a carefree cat snakes its way through pompous flower decorations and flimsy curtains. In the titular painting “Nachtcafé” we meet the artist as a DJ at a fancy cocktail party, and in a series of Boehm’s infamous psychological portraits we get up close and personal with the café’s dubious customers that tear and pull at their rubber-like faces, grimace towards the beholder and expose hideous creatures behind the masks. The fragile nature of any intimate relationship, and the artist’s own stake in this is also dissected. Needless to say, there is plenty to look at in Armin Boehm’s gloomy night cafe.

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Anders Brinch: Le Jardin (Under the Moon)

23.04.2021 - 22.05.2021

 

Friday April 23, Anders Brinchs new exhibition Le Jardin (Under the Moon)” opens in Hans Alf Gallery. 

 

In “Le Jardin (Under the Moon)” Anders Brinch continues his exploration of figurative narratives that are just as romantic and beautiful as they are disturbing and strange. Le Jardin – or “The Garden” – appears to be a fertile starting point for Brinch, who tends to explore tangled organic landscapes through his paintings. The artist himself states that metaphorically Le Jardin represents our planet. Here, he has summoned the Moon as a melancholic mirror which is held up to the world.

 

Some of the motifs are retrieved from the artist’s own childhood drawings, where he used to make pictures of toucans, caimans, and forests. Anders Brinch grew up in a house, where paintings and reproductions of artists such as Scherfig and Wiinblad adorned the walls, and this is apparent in a lot of his works, which give off an adventurous and almost oriental atmosphere.

 

Brinch’s paintings, however, tend to gradually lose their innocence along the way, as a naive excitement is replaced by something more surreal and psychedelic, and by a color scheme that belongs to neither Scherfig nor Wiinblad - or Goethe for that matter – but rather feels like something conjured up in an LSD-trip or under the influence of psychedelic mushrooms.

 

To the artist, the act of drawing and painting has always been a double-sided affair. On one hand it is a way of escaping; a safe and exciting parallel world removed from reality. On the other, it is a way for the artist to process and interpret the world, and ultimately take part in it.

 

One of the pieces in the exhibition is a remake of an old childhood drawing, which does not exist anymore. It depicted the Amazon, which was being destroyed to make room for a concrete jungle with skyscrapers and big city life. It may seem naïve, but it is a candid comment to current, local issues with the ongoing expansion of Copenhagen, in which urban planning eats up nature. As examples of this, there is the ongoing case of the colonization of Amager Fælled and the great urban plans of the artificial island of Lynetteholmen.

 

However, in Brinch’s reinterpretation of his childhood drawing, even the artist himself is not certain whether the work describes how civilization and urban life is about to suffocate nature, or whether it is a futuristic post-doomsday scenario hundreds of years from now; a place in which humanity has gone bankrupt and reached the bottom, or where mankind has gone on new, destructive adventures on planets in different galaxies, which gives nature a chance to renew itself on earth.

 

It is this exact ambiguity that occurs in many of the motifs in the show with visual reflections that connotes death and destruction on one hand, but also rebirth and resurrection on the other.

 

Though painting is his primary mode of expression, Brinch insists on keeping his options open in terms of other mediums. This shows in “Le Jardin”, where the artist incorporates a handful of transparent plexiglass podiums that function both as three dimensional collages and as a kind of memory bank filled with objects, materials, and general sources of inspiration. On top of the podiums, one finds small organic landscapes and beautiful tactile surfaces made from gypsum and Himalayan salt, which mimic micro plants and life on foreign planets.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 12:06

Ralf Kokke: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Ralf Kokke: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

12.03.2021 - 17.04.2021

 

Dutch painter, Ralf Kokke, presents a series of new works in the Hans Alf Gallery project room. The show entitled "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" is Kokke's first Scandinavian solo exhibition.

 

Ralf Kokke was born into a family of dockworkers in Rotterdam-Zuid; an area and a culture, which exists almost as an autonomous enclave in the populous Dutch port city. His humble beginnings and the tough work environment of the harbor have had a huge influence on his visual language, which is best described as social realist.

 

In Kokke’s works one almost always finds crouched, stocky, crippled people, whose bodies bear witness of years of laborious wear and repetition. It is the little man, who is portrayed; the guy who bikes to work every day in all kinds of weather; the guy who works fifty hours a week with heavy, dangerous machinery and smokes and drinks a bit too much; the guy who gets calloused hands and arthritic joints and dies long before the mean.

 

But even though Kokke’s universe may seem harsh and unrelenting, his subjects are portrayed with great affection and empathy. The people in Ralf Kokke’s paintings may very well lead lives in the vicinity of society’s floor, but their gazes are full of life and resolve, and the situations, in which they are frozen, seem to have always been chosen with tenderness and care, to show the individual in the exact moment that he or she leaves the unison song of the mass, and becomes visible to us as an independent entity.

 

Ralf Kokke is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp. He lives and works in Rotterdam. "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" is Kokke’s first solo exhibition in Denmark.

 

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 12:06

Adam Parker Smith: Flight of Fancy

Adam Parker Smith: Flight of Fancy

12.03.2021 - 17.04.2021

 

Acclaimed American sculptor, Adam Park Smith, presents a series of brand new works in “Flight of Fancy”, which will be his first solo exhibition in Europe.

 

In less than a decade, Adam Parker Smith has established himself as one of the hottest sculptors on the American art scene. His style is exemplary in its combination of irony, references to popular culture, visual deception, and sublime craftsmanship. There are obvious tips of the proverbial hat to Jeff Koons in Parker Smith’s work, but they also hold an ambiguity and a conceptual gravitas, which you would not necessarily associate with Koons.

 

The driving force for Adam Parker Smith is an ongoing ambition of imbuing lightness with weight and making the ephemeral last. A particular focus has been on inflatable objects such as balloons, airbeds, and pool toys, which he combines in new ways or places in awkward settings, models, casts in concrete or epoxy resin, paints, and processes so meticulously that eventually even the trained eye cannot tell them from the real thing. In his exhibition with Hans Alf Gallery, Parker Smith presents us with a contrapposto pool float, a sleeping bag sarcophagus and a giant pyramid of glossy Valentine’s Day hearts among other things. Throw-away society meets high culture in “Flight of Fancy”.

 

Adam Parker Smith holds an MFA from the Tylor School of Art at Temple University, Pennsylvania. He has shown works in Copenhagen with his American gallery as part of their presentation at ENTER Art Fair, but “Flight of Fancy” will be his first solo exhibition on Danish soil – and for that matter on the continent as a whole.

 

 

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, 09 December 2020 13:42

Adam Parker Smith

Adam Parker Smith, USA

Adam Parker Smith (b. 1978) is a New York based sculptor. He attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and has exhibited widely in the US as well as internationally in both galleries and museums.

 

In recent years, Adam Parker Smith has become a prominent name on the international art scene. His sculptures, while giving the appearance of being mere ready-mades of flimsy balloons and inflatable pool floats, are in fact deceptively sturdy constructions of steel, bronze, resin and fiberglass. As a result, Smith’s practice reaches an almost surreal state: the depicted objects, wry and misplaced balloons seemingly deflating before one’s eyes, are instead solid and everlasting sculptures in disguise.

 

Adam Parker Smith has exhibited with prominent galleries such as The Hole in New York, Honor Fraser in L.A. and Galerie Sho Contemporary in Tokyo, and his works have been displayed at numerous institutions such as The Brooklyn Museum and The Times museum in Guangzhou, China. Smith’s work has been written about in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Art in America, The Village Voice, ArtForum.com, Modern Painters, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, The New York Post and many more.

 

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020 14:13

Magnus Fisker

MAGNUS FISKER, Denmark

Magnus Fisker (b. 1992, Ringsted) is a Danish painter, who studies at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. 

 

To Fisker, painting is a process; a proces of constructing a symbolic index that tells the ongoing story of his artistic practise. Every painting is part of this process. Every painting constitutes a sentence in the story. Through his paintings, and through an inherent and ever-present conflict between expressive and meticulous brush strokes, Fisker explores existential questions of human life and transcience. 

 

Fisker's primary subject matter is a (oftentimes unidentifiable) haunted and eerie scenery, from where dreams and feelings of longing and anxiety arise. Although his paintings are often inspired by actual locations, the artist's works represent an energetic synthesis of existing and fictional scenery that is torn apart only to be reassembled in new variations and expressions. As a result, Fisker’s paintings - evenhough they appear abstract - are actually situated somewhere in-between abstraction and figuration, the familiar and the unknown, the distant and the near.

 

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020 14:03

Anne Torpe

ANNE TORPE, Denmark

 

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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Wednesday, 25 November 2020 13:49

Ralf Kokke

RALF KOKKE, The Netherlands

Ralf Kokke (b. 1989, Rotterdam) is a Dutch painter.

 

Kokke was born to a family of dockworkers in Rotterdam Zuid. An almost separate class of people — within a practically closed-off social circuit — trapped between a 40-hour working week and a forced position of humility that leaves little or no room for individual contemplation, reflection or diversity.

 

The figures in Ralf Kokke's paintings are always bent and rugged. You can tell how years of hard manual work has itself manifested physically and psychologically. In this respect, he feels connected to painters such as Co Westerik, Frits Van Den Berghe, Constant Permeke and Max Beckmann. Kokke's paintings often depict figures who are stuck in a specific structure from which they want to escape but fail to. From the beginning to the very end of their lives, they are uable to escape the yoke of social pressure.

 

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