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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 12:21

Mie Olise Kjærgaard: News From Nowhere

Mie Olise Kjærgaard: News From Nowhere

03.08.18 - 08.09.2018

 

Throughout the last decade, Kjærgaard’s work has been concerned with neglected constructions and the notion of Dystopian societies. Because of this, she has spent much time visiting places affected by untamed decay, such as the deserted Russian mining town Pyramiden located by the Arctic Circle and the abandoned amusement park Spreepark in Berlin. Through architectural constructions and urban fiction, Kjærgaard examines the consequences caused by the dreams and desires of a Utopian society.

 

In her exhibition News From Nowhere, Kjærgaard has constructed an enormous map of the fictional town of MOIRANIA, where Babylonian city walls encircle the scenery. Instead of streets, canals run in and out of one another and pave the way for new canals as well as new courtyards through immense arches in a labyrinthine universe. The walls are embellished with horses, dogs and ornaments, and through the surface of the water, palm trees and bushes arise. Humans and animals alike sail the city in boats carrying designer bags for their belongings.

 

The Moiranians live in houses elevated into the trees by poles. There are horse race courses and swimming pools, and the roofs are used as tracks for bike racing and new layers of residence. Outside the town walls, the gates open into a big jungle also with habitation distributed around the tree tops. Laundry lines dangle between the trees, and the houses are connected by suspension bridges hanging above the water where boats are moored.

 

The map is an instrument that Kjærgaard uses as her program and archive in the creation of her exhibition. News From Nowhere consists of a number of paintings that can be seen as situations from Moirania. A big wooden construction, which works as a piece of furniture for several sculptures, is also a part of the exhibition. This construction was build from Kjærgaard’s own studio storage unit, but for the purpose of this exhibition, it has been assembled in an entirely new way. This is a reference to the survival strategies of Moirania, whose inhabitants utilize already existing and available objects to construct what they need.

 

A central Moiranian character is the woman with the three-eyed hat, who rows or bikes around with a child. There are horses and dogs, who act as subjects on equal terms as the humans. A hierarchy and a scenario, which can both be a dream of a society or a Dystopia, is being hinted, which suggests a reinterpretation of William Morris´ forward-thinking utopia “News From Nowhere” from 1890.

 

The town is partly inspired by Kjærgaard´s own trips to the Arctic Circle; partly by Venezuela; partly by the movie-set behind Babylon from D.W. Griffith´s "Intolerance" from 1917.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 11:48

Anders Brinch: Cosmic Machine

Anders Brinch: Cosmic Machine

19.01.18 - 24.02.2018

 

Ever since he first appeared on the Danish art scene in the mid-naughts, Anders Brinch has earned a reputation for being both artistically wayward and rather uncompromising in his work: He marches to the beat of his own drum, and the universe he evokes on canvas, in ceramic figures and cinematic sequences or through installations, resembles that of no one else. This strange, quasi-psychedelic primordial soup, where aliens, dinosaurs, drunkards and hula girls alike wobble through blurry Teletubbies landscapes, while the entire spectrum of colour explodes around them, is so personal, so eclectic, so unmistakably Brinch.

 

"Cosmic Machine" is the result of Anders Brinch’s latest excursions into the world, he has created in his own image. Through a series of poetic and offbeat “short stories” that take the form of oil paintings, we are escorted into the galaxy of Brinch’s painterly visions that culminate in an eccentric, Mexican underworld, from where sculptural islands branch out into space.

 

As is so often the case with Brinch, the works in “Cosmic Machine” present no prefabricated narratives or meaning, but are rather to be understood as visions of the subconscious conveyed through the painting process itself.

 

As a metatextual ribbon around the show, Anders Brinch’s personal diary of ideas and sketches, which includes a processual overview of the genesis of the show through drawings, collages and notes, will also be on display. More than anything, this provides a precious insight into the tortuous mind of the artist. And as such, the restless scribblings of the diary in an exemplary fashion incapsulate the essence that Anders Brinch initially set out to identify: man’s continuous, hopeful, and ultimately hopeless quest for meaning in the great cosmic machine.

 

 

Friday, 25 August 2017 14:11

Mie Olise Kjærgaard

MIE OLISE KJÆRGAARD, Denmark

Mie Olise Kjærgaard (b. 1974) works in painting, sculptural objects and installation. Since graduating in 2008 with a Master in Fine Art, her work has focused on the theme of man-made constructions. Through her paintings, Olise investigates both the nature of the architectural construction as well as how a construction describes the society, it is a part of.

 

In her latest work, Olise Kjærgaard has investigated modern ruins in Latin America, and how these contemporary ruins are deserted and occupied again; in horisontal layers with new architectural strategies – very different from the original ideas about function and appearance. This project has been exhibited at Museo de Arte Acarigua in Venezuela under the title ”Discontinued Monuments”.
In architectural terms, breaking with the initial intention and purpose of a construction is dubbed a ”dishonest construction” – this is what Kjærgaard addresses in her most recent works.

Kjærgaard has travelled to societies in different stages of disrepair: twice to the Arctic Circle, to investigate an abandoned Russian mine town, The Pyramid; and to New Foundland in the tracks of the writer/character Espen Arnakke, which was the topic of the solo show at Kunsthalle Nikolaj (DK) in 2012.

Kjærgaard has exhibited at UMOCA – Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, MFAH – Museum of Fine Art Houston, MAAA – Museo de Arte Acarigua, Venezuela; Nikolaj Kunsthal (DK), SNYK – Skive New Museum of Art, (DK), Torrance Art Museum in LA; Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston Texas; Honor Fraser, LA; Samuel Freeman, LA; Duve Berlin and Galleri Kant in Copenhagen.

Kjærgaard holds an MFA from Central St. Martins in London and a Master in Architecture from Aarch, Aarhus(DK)//The Bartlett, UCL, London (UK). In recent years, she has been based simultaneously in London, New York and Copenhagen; travelling to residencies in Iceland, Berlin and Skowhegan, Maine.

 

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 10:54

Armin Boehm

ARMIN BOEHM, Germany

Armin Boehm (b. 1972, Aachen) is a German painter, who lives and works in Berlin.

 

From 1995-1996 he studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Münster and from 1995-2001 at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the class of Konrad Klapheck and Jörg Immendorf. He then became protégé of Jörg Immendorf and stayed for a scholarship in Paris, France.

 

The observation of scientific and human boundaries serves as a basis to Armin Boehm’s paintings, as well as the reference between urban and natural habitats which the artist uses to pursue the possibilities of painting. His use of forms based on the vocabulary of Modernism pools specific occurrences in his paintings, which appear to be atemporal both in their disassociation and vagueness. The artist discusses motifs where the physicalness of the depicted evolves from the interference with form, colour and the collaged elements – Boehm, however, retracts, dissolves or abstracts the figurativeness in the painting whilst painting it.

 

With a collage technique the artist combines fragments of colour, fabric, paper or metal substances from which the body of his paintings crystallizes and virtually stands out plastically – in his latest paintings this is achieved especially by materially integrated fields of colour. The fragmented and perspectively cut depiction of space and figures dissolves the corporeality of the depicted synthetically. At the same time, however, image layers which are dissolved and reciprocally affected open up to fictional situations, which unite introspection and supervision of an event.

 

Armin Boehm’s paintings oscillate between origination, presence and abstinence regardless of their sujet, that is not really tangible and finds itself somewhere between landscape and portrait painting. Existence and disappearance becomes valid in the haptic of the surfaces of Armin Boehm’s paintings, and compositions, too. The question points to the possibility of painting that the artist lets become subject while developing his painting between figuration and symbolic.

(Courtesy of Meyer-Riegger)

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 13:14

Christian Achenbach

CHRISTIAN ACHENBACH, Germany

Christian Achenbach (born 1978) is a German sculptor and painter. Achenbach studied at the University of Art in Berlin with Burkhard Held, Daniel Richter and Anselm Reyle and graduated from Anselm Reyle’s master class in 2007.

With his artistic roots in 20th century art history, Achenbach composes his own aesthetic symphony of the known isms framed in a fresh postmodern perspective. Achenbach’s creative process lends itself to the world of musical composition where the multiplicity of violent clashing of colors and shapes emphasizes the shift of tonality, thereby conjuring a materiality of sound.     

Each artwork presents the childlike joy and liberty of Achenbach’s brush with an immanent nod to the history of modern art. Modernism, Dadaism and Cubism are undeniably present in each painting where no central motif is to be found, but geometric shapes and symbols instead rhizomatically spirals in and out of each other. Much like the music in which Achenbach finds his inspiration, the definite outlines are blurry, the array of colors explosive.

Christian Achenbach lives and works in Berlin. In 2008 he was an artist in residence at Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk in Copenhagen. He has exhibited widely in Germany and Denmark as well as internationally.    

 

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:14

Henrik Saxgren

Henrik Saxgren, Denmark

Henrik Saxgren (b. 1953, Randers) is a Danish photographer.

In an aesthetically straightforward and minutely narrated imagery, Saxgren conveys heartbreaking human truths and destinies, castigating the individual behind the historic landmarks in recent history.

In 1979 Saxgren was a founding member of ‘2Maj’ – a group of socially motivated documentarians – and from 1985 to 91 he served as photo editor for the magazine Press. After extensive travels in Central America in 2000, Saxgren published his book of photography, “Solomon’s House”, which explored a post-revolutionary Nicaragua.


At this point in his career, Saxgren’s artistic style drastically shifted towards arranged compositions in color after an extensive career in black and white. The first book published after this stylistic change was ‘War and love – immigration of the North’ (2006); a portrayal of the life of immigrants in Scandinavia. In 2009 he published the book ‘Unintended Sculptures’, where nature and culture coexist in grandiose passages. Most recently Saxgren published the book ‘Bus from Baghdad’, in which he follows 46 Copenhagen bus drivers with different ethnic backgrounds.

Henrik Saxgren was a part of the project ‘Denmark in Transition’ (2008-09), which includes the book ‘From where we stand 1-3’ (2010). He has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad e.g. AroS Museum of Modern Art, The National Museum of Photography, Skagen Museum, Noorderlight Photography Gallery in the Netherlands and Paris Photo.

 

 

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 14:16

Louise Hindsgavl

LOUISE HINDSGAVL, Denmark

 

 

Louise Hindsgavl (b. 1973) graduated from Design School Kolding in 1999, where she studied at the Department of Ceramics and Glass. She is considered one of the most influential artists working with porcelain in Denmark today.

Though predominantly white, Hindsgavl’s works tend to subvert any preconceived notions of porcelain as mere decoration or tableware through their subject matter, often imbued with a thematic darkness.


In her subject matter she draws on mythology and fables as she delves into the unheimlich realms of human behaviour resulting in disquieting scenarios and monstrous creatures. Spanning from tiny figurines to large scale installations, the works come across as sometimes innocent and sometimes distinctly ominous – but always immensely attractive.

 

Louise Hindsgavl has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad, and her works have entered into leading museum collections as well as been acquired by important art institutions, among them New Carlsberg Foundation, The Danish Arts Foundation, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and The National Museum of Sweden in Stockholm.

Among several prizes she boasts The Prince Eugen Medal of “Artistic Excellence” awarded to her by the Swedish Royal Court in 2015.

 

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:00

Morten Schelde

 

MORTEN SCHELDE, Denmark

 

Morten Schelde (b. 1972) is a Danish visual artist.

 

Schelde was trained at the Art Academy of Funen 1994-1996 and is a graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1996-2001. He started out as a painter, experimented briefly with photography, and ultimately found his own unique style through the subdued language of his meticulous drawings.

 

Morten Schelde’s universe is often dramatic, constructed upon the clash of diverging spheres and transitions between worlds. By generally reducing his colour scheme to strict explorations of red, Schelde puts emphasis on the drawing as a medium.

 

Alongside some of the most celebrated Danish artists of the last decades (Erik A. Frandsen, Tal R, John Kørner, Olafur Eliasson among others), Morten Schelde participated in the decoration of the Palace of Frederik the 8th in 2010. Schelde’s installation in the reception chamber of the palace is a dreamlike portrayal of the engine room of The Ram – a ship that both he and the Crown Prince travelled aboard during the Galathea Expeditions of 2006-7.

 

In addition to many high-profiled group shows, Morten Schelde has had numerous solo exhibitions both in Denmark and abroad.  His works are held in museums such as Louisiana, Arken, Statens Museum for Kunst, Vestsjælllands Kunstmuseum, Museum der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig as well as in practically all major private collections in Denmark.

 

 

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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 13:52

Erik A. Frandsen

ERIK A. FRANDSEN, Denmark

Erik A. Frandsen (b. 1957, Randers) is a selftaught artist.

Having chosen an unconventional path, dispensing of the traditional academic training, Frandsen takes his inspiration from all areas of life, as well as from art history and the artisans he has encountered through his extensive studies. In the years 1976-1979 he went to Greece to study ceramics, spent time in Carrara, Italy training as a sculptor, and traveled to Paris, France where he worked with graphics.

Erik A. Frandsen’s oeuvre is characterized by a recycling of motives and the application of these to various mediums, with an altogether different expression as the end result in order to illuminate that, which is not visible at first glance.

A frequent motif by Erik A. Frandsen is the flower composition, although they are not flower motifs in the traditional sense, but rather images of interiors in which the flowers are centrally placed. Frandsen’s flowers of choice are weeds such as thistles and dandelions placed in urine bottles in kitsch vases. In an art historical context the flower motif has sustained as a symbol of beauty, sensuality, life, death, and vanity. Erik A. Frandsen has earlier applied the flower motif as a symbol in his artistic exploration of intimacy, relationships, and home life as the chosen themes of his paintings.

Erik A. Frandsen has exhibited widely abroad as well as in Denmark – e.g. ARoS, New Carlsberg Glyptotek, Arken, Statens Museum for Kunst and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

 

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Monday, 16 February 2015 14:28

Anders Brinch

ANDERS BRINCH, Denmark

Anders Brinch (born 1971) graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007.

Anders Brinch expresses himself in painting, sculpture and installation combined in various ways. His choice of colors span from delicate pastel to dark and bleak shades. He makes use of materials such as fabric, sequins and plaster as well as organic material such as plants and fish.

Brinch’s work is inspired by psychedelic art, astronomy, popular culture, cartoons, theater and movies. From these impressions he creates a humorous and grotesque imaginary universe that despite the touch of fantasy deals with everyday subjects.

Fascinated by the three dimensional plane in the two dimensional painting, Brinch brings intricacy and levitation to his forms and thereby challenges the confined restrictions of the classical painting. The finished works represent accumulations wherein new combinations, expressions and shapes are born.

Anders Brinch has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad.His works are represented at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, KUNSTEN Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Skive Kunstmuseum and Randers Kunstmuseum.

 

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