Grand Opening: SUMMERTIME ’18 – The Big Annual Group Show

Galleri Christoffer Egelund has the great pleasure of inviting you to SUMMERTIME ’18 – THE BIG ANNUAL GROUP SHOW.

Please join us for the Grand Opening Friday June 15th from 4-7 PM.

Our house DJ, Anders Dahl, will treat your ears with smooth beats and the bar will serve you ice cold refreshments.

This year we are happy to present 33 extremely talented, though very different, artists:

AARON FINK (US)
ANNE TORPE (DK)
ANDREAS SCHULENBURG (DK/DE)
ARMANDO MARINO (CU)
AUGUSTA ATLA (DK)
BEN KRUISDIJK (NL)
CHRISTOFFER JOERGENSEN (CH/DK)
CLEMENT PAGE (UK)
CRYSTEL CERESA (CH)
DANIEL M. THURAU (DE)
DAN STOCKHOLM (DK)
DEBORAH BROWN (US)
EAMON O’KANE (IE)
EDGAR PLANS (SP)
JAIRO ALFONSO (CU)
JET-TE L. RANNING (DK)
JOE SUZUKI (JP/US)
JONAS PIHL (DK)
JONAS HVID SØNDERGAARD (DK)
MARCO EVARISTTI (DK/CL)
MARIE BJERRE (DK)
MATTHEW DAVID SMITH (UK)
MAZJA HILLESTRØM (DK)
MICHAEL JOHANSSON (SE)
PETER BIRK (DK)
ROB TUCKER (NZ)
SIMON KEENLEYSIDE (UK)
STEINUNN THÓRARINSDÓTTIR (IS)
SØREN HAGEN (DK)
SUPER FUTURE KID (DE)
TESS WILLIAMS (UK)
THIERRY FEUZ (AU/CH)
VICENTE MATTE (CL)
WARRE MULDER (BE)
WILHELMINA WYBRANDT (DK)
YUICHI HIRAKO (JP)

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SUPERNOVA: Invitation til fernisering d. 24.5

S U P E R N O V A / GRAFISK GRUPPEUDSTILLING / 24.5-9.6

ShopEditions er stolt af at byde velkommen til sin første, selvstændige udstilling, når vi d. 24. maj 2018 kl. 16-19 åbner op til den grafiske gruppeudstilling, SUPERNOVA, i Galleri Christoffer Egelunds smukke projektrum, og vi vil meget gerne invitere dig til ferniseringen.

ShopEditions, der er Galleri Christoffer Egelunds grafiske afdeling, har indtil nu hovedsageligt slået sine folder online, men tager nu sine første skridt ud i udstillingsrummet.

På udstillingen udstiller 20 kunstnere fra både ind- og udland. Alle værker er grafik i begrænset oplag, men varierer i både medie, størrelse og udtryk. På den måde udstiller vi både serigrafi, litografi, træsnit, fotografi, linoleumstryk og digitale tryk.

Deltagende kunstnere er:

Andreas Schulenburg (DK)
Annelise Fibæk (DK)
Augusta Atla (DK)
Hanne Ravn Hermansen (DK)
Heiko Müller (DE)
Ingrid Bugge (DK)
Jonas Hvid Søndergaard (DK)
Knud Odde (DK)
Krista Rosenkilde (DK)
Lars Hempler (DK)
Lene Bennike (DK)
Mads Guldager (DK)
Marie B. Larsen (DK)
Mette Rishøj (DK)
Rasmus Bjørn (DK)
Rasmus Danø (DK)
Roman Klonek (DE)
Thomas Pålsson (DK)
Yuichi Hirako (JP)
Valerie Collart (FR)

I denne udstilling har vi forsøgt at bryde med den traditionelle kuratorrolle, idet vi har ladet de inviterede kunstnere udvælge egne værker uden nogen former for begrænsninger. Det eneste krav var, at der skulle være tale om tryk i begrænset oplag. Vi har undladt at arbejde ud fra et særligt tema eller emne, men i stedet ladet friheden til at vælge, og være en involveret part, være hovedformålet.

På den måde har vores håb været at skabe et dynamisk udstillingsrum, hvor gruppeudstillingen SUPERNOVA er et produkt af en spændende, fælles proces galleri og kunstner imellem. Galleriet har fungeret som sparringspartner mere end decideret kurator, og kunstnerne har således valgt de værker, som de allerhelst vil udstille. Nogle værker er særligt fremstillet til denne udstilling og andre er tidligere udstillede værker.

Med SUPERNOVA markerer vi en krafteksplosion af en ny start for ShopEditions, når vi via udstillingen sender nogle af universets vigtige byggesten, nemlig kunst, kreativitet og skaberkraft, ud i verden. Kom og vær med, når vi fejrer kunsten og eksplosive, nye begyndelser!

Vi glæder os til at se Jer!

Facebookevent:  TRYK HER

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Psst!
Herudover vil der på dagen være launch af Flos’ nye designlampe “Arrangements” af Michael Anastassiades. Det foregår i galleriets Main Gallery i forbindelse med det årlige design-event 3daysofdesign. Dj’en Anders Dahl byder på bløde toner, som danner lydtapet for begge events.

 

Thomas Pålsson – Udstillet værk til SUPERNOVA

Fernisering: Marco Evaristti (DK/CL)

Galleri Christoffer Egelund kan med stolthed præsentere en af Danmarks mest ambitiøse kunstnere, når Marco Evaristti udstiller nye, originale værker i sin soloudstilling,? I Believe In Love After Death.

Evaristti har dedikeret store dele af sin kunstneriske interesse til civilisationens tabuer og dykker uforfærdet ned i samfundets mest undertrykte og forglemte emner. Med en høj grad af performativitet i sin kunstneriske praksis, suger Evaristti sine medmennesker med ind i sit univers og tvinger dem til møde sig selv og sit samfund i kunstens spejl. Dette blev meget tydeligt i 2000, da kunstmuseet Trapholdt udstillede Evaristtis kontroversielle værk, ?Helena,? hvor ti levende sværddragere blev udstillet i blendere, og magten over liv og død blev lagt direkte i hænderne på museets besøgende. Ligeledes i 2012 med værket ?Live Action,? hvor Evaristti tilbød danskerne at aktionere en nyre væk, blev beskuer performativiteten til en udstilling af den vestlige dobbeltmoral og den systematiske udnyttelse af mennesker, der lever i fattigdom.

Evaristtis kunstneriske univers synes uden tøven at tage sin rolle som samfundsformende til sig og har aldrig været bange for at give en beskuer den forskrækkelse og provokation, som kan forfriske et livssyn og forandre et menneskeliv. I 2003 blev værket ?Goodbye Kiss ?til i samarbejde mellem Evaristti og en libanesisk muslimsk kvinde. Sammen tog kunstneren og kvinden ud og indkøbte ingredienserne til en selvmordsbombe, inden deres blandede blod blev smurt ud over et fotografi af dem forenet i et farvelkys. Det lige så kontroversielle, ?Rolexgate,? fra 2006 tager udgangspunkt i Evaristtis egne jødiske rødder og den grusomme fortælling om Holocaust i et værk, hvor blandt andet stjålne guldfyldninger fra jødiske fanger udgør en del af en guldmodel af porten ind til Auschwitz.

I udstillingen, ?I Believe In Love After Death,? arbejder Evaristti med to emner, der er lige så naturlige, som de er tabuiserede: sex og døden.? ? ?Det eneste vi med sikkerhed ved er, at vi skal dø, og den bevidsthed adskiller os fra andre levende arter. Resultatet af denne viden er en enorm livsdrift og det naturligt afledte spørgsmål: hvad vil jeg bruge min levende tid på? En anden stærk drift er seksualdriften. Den er skyld i og bærer æren for såvel storhed som fald. Over den mistes og skabes magtrelationer, ledere skabes og forfalder, ægteskaber forliser og stærke forbindelser skabes. De to i kombination – livsdrift og seksualdrift – er en stærk cocktail, og det lader til, at det er netop denne kombination, der har givet næring til Evaristtis nye udstilling. Evaristti har i sin kunst ofte stillet spørgsmål til de valg, vi træffer i livet – til hvordan vi vælger at bruge den tid, vi er blevet tildelt. Død og sex er uløseligt flettet sammen i Evaristtis tegninger af kopulerende skeletter, og udstillingen undersøger seksualdriften og dødens komplicerede slægtskab. Evaristtis vision er håbet, og livskraften vokser uundgåeligt ud af den eksistentielle drivkraft, som døden repræsenterer i menneskelivet.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund inviterer til åbningen af udstillingen, ?I Believe In Love After Death, fredag den 13. april fra kl. 16-19, hvor kunstneren vil være tilstede. Udstillingen løber til og med den 12. maj 2018. Åbningstider: tirsdag-fredag fra 11-18, lørdag fra 12-16. For yderligere info om værkerne og pressefotos kontakt venligst galleriet på: hello@nullchristofferegelund.dk eller tlf. +45 33939200.

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2 x Solo Exhibitions: Daniel M. Thurau & Simon Ganshorn

DANIEL M THURAU (DE)
SOLOUDSTILLING “TWILLIGHT”
FEB. 2 – MAR. 10, 2018
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Galleri Christoffer Egelund kan med stor stolthed præsentere udstillingen Twillight, som galleriets første soloudstilling med den tyske kunstner, Daniel M. Thurau, som bor og arbejde i Berlin.

Thurau arbejder æstetisk med en stærkt defineret stil, som forholder sig til den maleriske kunsthistorie og kan lede tankerne hen på Edvard Munchs følelsesladede landskaber eller Gauguins farverige motiver. Samtidig bevæger den sig fuldstændigt frit og eksperimenterende og hans farvestærke malerier arbejder i kontrasterne mellem ironi og alvor. Og det er netop i kontrasterne udstillingen finder sin titel, Twilight, Tusmørke.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund inviterer til åbningen af udstillingen Twillight fredag den 2. Februar fra kl. 16-19, hvor kunstneren selv vil være tilstede.

(Foto: Waiting For the sun (die Gurken), 150 x 200 cm.)

SIMON GANSHORN (DK)
SOLOUDSTILLING “VIRUS IS ALSO A PART OF WHO I AM, LIKE OBJECTS, BLOOD AND YOGHURT”
FEB. 2 – MAR. 10, 2018
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I galleriets Project Room er vi stolte af at kunne præsentere den unge, lovende danske kunstner Simon Ganshorn, med hans første soloudstilling: Virus Is Also a Part of Who I Am Like Objects, Blood and Yoghurt.

Simon Ganshorn begærer den materielle menneskelige oplevelse. Han forvandler en fragmenteret virkelighed til sammensatte kompositoriske værker, hvor kendte, såvel som ukendte objekter, blandet med seksuelt begær og eksistentiel forundring, befolker hans praksis og skaber flere spørgsmål end svar. Fragmenter af kendte materielle genstande bliver omformuleret til nye abstrakte former og abstrakte former bliver igen oversat til genkendelige objekter. Begær er nøgleordet i kunstnerens praksis, han accepterer sin rolle og smelter sammen med sit værk uden, at der er brug for en brækspand. Ganshorn besjæler sine objekter og prøver at synliggøre transformationen, som disse hele tiden undergår. I flere af kunstnerens værker føles det som om, at de sitrer og vibrerer, de er undervejs, de er på vej til at indtage ny form med stærke kræfter og en anderledes maskulin energi.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund inviterer til åbningen af udstillingen Virus Is Also a Part of Who I Am Like Objects, Blood and Yoghurt, som åbner samtidig med hovedudstillingen Twilight af den tyske kunstner Daniel M. Thurau, fredag den 2. Februar fra kl. 16-19. Simon Ganshorn vil ligeledesl være tilstede under ferniseringen.

Udstillingerne løber til og med den 10. marts 2018
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For henvendelser vedr. værker, skriv venligst til hello@nullchristofferegelund.dk
For yderligere informationer, besøg venligst www.christofferegelund.dk

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FERNISERING 8.12: XMAS’17 THE ANNUAL WINTER GROUP SHOW

Traditionen tro er Galleri Christoffer Egelund stolt af at kunne præsentere den store årlige gruppeudstilling XMAS’17. Her vil galleriets etablerede kunstnere vise deres værker side om side med særligt inviterede gæste kunstnere. XMAS’17 er en spændende mulighed for at opleve kunstnernes udvikling og se, hvor de er på vej hen på dørtærsklen til 2018.
Diversitet er det overordnede koncept for udstillingen XMAS’17, som belyser den bredde der er i medier og stil, der kendetegner samtidskunstens dynamiske felt. Galleriets lokaler vil flyde over med så forskellige kunstværker som minutiøse fotorealistiske malerier, tekstil skulpturer, foto, installation, tegninger og abstraktioner til mere konceptuelle værker.
Som en tidlig julegave, har vi fornøjelsen at introducerer de specielt udvalgte kunstnere for XMAS’17. Det har været overvældende hvor mange kunstner som har takket ja til invitationen og vi er meget stolte af at kunne vise værker af:
AARON FINK (US), ARMANDO MARINO (CU), CRYSTEL CERESA (CH), CHRISTOFFER JOERGENSEN (CH/DK), DANIEL M. THURAU (DE), EAMON O’KANE (UK), EMIL ROBINSON (US), FARZANEH OMIDVARNIA (IR), FRODO MIKKELSEN (DK), GORDON CHEUNG (UK), HEIKO MULLER (DE), JET-TE L. RANNING (DK), JOE SUZUKI (JP/US), JOHAN DECKMANN (DK), JOHANNE HELGA HEIBERG JOHANSEN (DK), JOHN NORRIS (US), JUSTIN BOWER (US), MARCO EVARISTTI (DK/CL), MAZJA HILLESTRØM (DK), METTE MAY (DK), METTE RISHØJ (DK), MICHAEL JOHANSSON (SE), MIKAEL CHR. STRØBEK (DK), NUNZIO PACI (IT), OLIVIA STEELE (US), PAUL BRAINARD (US), ROB TUCKER (NZ), SIMON GANSHORN (DK), STEFAAN DE CROOCK (BE), STEINUNN THORARINSDOTTIR (IS), SUE WILLIAMS A’COURT (UK), THIERRY FEUZ (AU/CH), VICENTE MATTE (CL), YUICHI HIRAKO (JP), WILHELMINA WYBRANDT (DK). Se værker
Fra galleriet til Jer alle: En rigtig Glædelig Jul!
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Udstillingen løber indtil den 20. januar. 2018. Åbningstider: tirsdag-fredag kl. 11-18, lørdag kl. 12-16. For yderligere informationer om udstillingen samt henvendelser vedr. køb, kontakt venligst galleriet på: hello@nullchristofferegelund.dk eller på +45 33 93 92 00.

YUICHI HIRAKO / SOLO SHOW / SPROUT / 13.10.-25.11

Galleri Christoffer Egelund is proud to present the young Tokyo-based artist, Yuichi Hirako’s third solo exhibition “Sprout”. The exhibition consists of a series of new paintings and sculptures where the Japanese artist seeks towards the light and examines the beneficial interaction between human and nature. It is the modern urbanized human being own relationship with the wild nature, which is central to Hirako’s artistic work. In a exuberant dream world where human life intermarriage with the primeval forest, Hirako identifies with both humor and insight the state of the civilization.
Antrophomorphic creatures inhabit the sprouting scenes of Yuichi Hirakos paintings and for a while the rooms of Galleri Christoffer Egelund as well when the plant-like beings seem to have crawled from the canvases into the rooms as sculptures. The renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo painted fantastic portrait heads made out of flowers, vegetables or fruits. In Hirakos paintings it seems like these plant people have been attributed bodies to walk around in a fairytale-like universe. Animated brushwork and pulsating colouring forms a world where the boundaries between culture and nature, man and plant and indoors/outdoors are non-existent.
In the art of Hirako it is not only nature and man that meet but also Western and Eastern notions. In Japan plants have earlier been given a godlike status, a phenomenon called Shinboku. In Western myths and fairy tales the wood and wild nature have been associated with quite other meanings; this is the habitat of witches, trolls and other horrific creatures. Hirako’s forests contain the holy and magical as well as the gloomy and threatening; this artist uses equally sized portions of light and dark colours.
Yuichi Hirako (b. 1982 in Okayama, Japan) graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in London in 2005. He now lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Since his graduation he has exhibited at national as well as international venues including; The Museum of Modern Art (Gunma) in Japan, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, The Museum of Kyoto, Temporary Contemporary in London. He has received several art prizes from which could be mentioned VOCA 2013 (Vision of Contemporary Art), Tokyo Wonderwall Prize 2010 and Shell Art Award 2009.
Galleri Christoffer Egelund cordially invites you to the opening of Yuichi Hirako: Sprout, Friday the 13th  of October 2015. The artist will be present during the opening reception. The exhibition will run until November the 25th. Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-18, Saturdays 12-16. For further information on artworks and press photos please contact the gallery at: hello@nullchristofferegelund.dk or at +45 33 93 92 00. View all works

VISITATION: HÙBERT NÓI & HALLGRÍMUR HELGASON

VISITATION

Húbert Nói Jóhannesson 

In the year 1982 and onwards I executed geological research in the highlands of Iceland. These surveys where aimed at the earth’s interior- circumstances hidden under the surface.
The measuring points where identified with poles that later got drawn onto a map by a surveying team. That map showed my exact position months earlier.
My artworks have from that time dealt with locations and memory. I am like the measuring instruments taking in my environment – traveling with it and in it- within me.
That evokes the question whether the locations I paint – from memory – show an actual location or an inner location.
Physicists and mathematicians are now looking at possible parallel worlds. That evokes my interests for it mirrors the two worlds I live in – the outer world and the world within – and the wish to synchronize them.

Hallgrimur Helgason

Hallgrimur Helgason is an artist and writer. He has held over 30 solo exhibitions and published 8 novels, the best known being 101 Reykjavik (1996), The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning (2008) and The Woman at 1000° (2011). Five of his novels have been published in Danish, two of his novels have been filmed, three have been staged in a theatre and three of them have been nominated to the Nordic Prize of Literature. Helgason has also written original film scripts. A Danish movie based on his screenplay (Comeback, starring Anders W. Berthelsen, directed by Natasha Arthy) will premiere in the summer of 2015. Here is a link: http://www.nordiskfilm.dk/Nyheder/C-O-M-E-B-A-C-K—sommerens-danske-komedie/

Hallgrimur Helgason started out as a visual artist, studying in Reykjavik and Munich. He later lived for three years in New York and five years in Paris, showing at galleries like Stux, Alain Gutharc and Philippe Rizzo. Since 1996 Helgason has been living in Iceland, dividing his time between writing and painting, between Reykjavik and the small island of Hrísey.

The graphic series “The Kodak Moments” were executed in the years 2004-2007 and shown at the Turpentine Gallery in Reykjavik in February 2007. With their sarcastically happy title, the series are mostly, though unconsciously, based on the artist’s own difficult relationship with the mother of his 2 youngest children, a relation that ended in divorce in early 2009. The series focus on the B-side of bliss, the dark side of love, the duties and dangers of family life, the ongoing tension and possible treason inside the household, the everlasting battle of the sexes. The works were drawn by hand and then scanned and worked on in the computer, and digitally printed. The original number of works was 110.

The exhibition will run until April the 11th 2015. Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 11-18, Saturdays from 12-16. For further information and press photographs, please contact the gallery at: info@nullchristofferegelund.dk or at +45 33 93 92 00.

 

Our participation to VOLTA NEW YORK

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The American fair VOLTA NY has focused since 2008 on artists exclusively through solo projects. It is with honour that we announce our acceptance to it thanks to our artist Ida Kvetny. It will be this coming March, 5th-8th, when her works will be presented at VOLTA NY’s new home location, at Pier 90.

For further information about the fair: http://ny.voltashow.com/ABOUT.5726.0.html

For further information about the artist: http://christofferegelund.dk/ida-kvetny

We look forward to and we hope all of you keep following our news!

ANNE VILSBØLL & EMILIE LUNDSTRØM: SHAPE SHIFTING / 06.02 – 07.03 2015

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Galleri Christoffer Egelund is proud to present the energetic conjunction of the two Danish artists Anne Vilsbøll and Emilie Lundstrøm in the exhibition: Shape Shifting.

In the exhibition Shape Shifting the primal power of the bull and the instinctive energy of the deer are united across a range of different media such as photography, painting, sculpture and installation. With references to history, dreams and myths, Emilie Lundstrøm and Anne Vilsbøll question our rational understanding of our planet and existence in a constantly expanding cosmos. Animal motives take center stage in the work of both artists when it comes to communicating the myth of our human reality. In his book Totemism from 1962, the French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss wrote how ”animals are good to think with”, something that can still be found to be true in the compelling visual universes of Vilsbøll and Lundstrøm.

Anne Vilsbøll’s transfiguration of the bull motive balances between figuration and abstraction and communicates the disparate faiths of the bull: as subject of worship in the East and as object of entertainment in the West. The artist makes her own paper for her paintings which lends to them a very special, rough structure. Her intense work with paper production stems from the belief that what is painted on is just as important as what is painted. The saturated colour fields in combination with the texture of the paper give the pieces a rhythmical variation that seems to detach the motives from the canvases and let them influence the surrounding space..

Emilie Lundstrøm investigates the transformation and cycles of the natural world and its confrontations with ‘civilization’ through her photography. Deer are recurrent motives in her investigations. Nature, represented in the deer, reaches into and collides with human culture as is the case when New York City creates a ”task force” to handle the rising numbers of deer on Staten Island. Nature is cherished and protected but must also be kept under control so as not to threaten the borders of civilization. The deer of Lundstrøm’s photographs look up and confront the human presence.

An interesting contrast comes into being when the textured paintings of Vilsbøll meet the photographs of Lundstrøm. But at times the evident contrasts seem to dissolve when Lundstrøm lets some of her photographs appear grained and unfocused – as to symbolise the unstable limits between nature and civilization.

In the exhibited photograph Arcadia a heavy piece of red fabric hangs from a rope as put out to dry. When placed side by side with the colourful bulls of Anne Vilsbøll, this cloth takes on a very specific meaning. Just as the bull is taunted with the red cloth, we are lured into a fantastic universe where recognisable forms and abstraction live side by side and our world is revealed in the relationship between man and animal.

Emilie Lundstrøm is a visual artist, she lives and works in New York. She has a MFA from ICP-Bard University, NYC  in Advanced Photographic Studies, and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography from Glasgow School of Art. She has exhibited her work at Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition 2011, Copenhagen Photography Festival 2011 and 2012, Royal Scottish Academy’s New Contemporaries Award exhibition, Edinburgh 2012, KE – The Fall Exhibtion 2010, Photographs of Hurricane Sandy, Governors Island, NY 2013 and Mono no aware, Brooklyn Light Studioes, NY 2014, etc.

Anne Vilsbøll is an artist, writer and curator specializing in handmade paper as artistic medium. She lives and works in Copenhagen, in St. Jeannet, France and Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. She studied Art History and the French language at Copenhagen University and the University in Aix-en-Provence from 1970–72 and is furthermore a trained teacher from Jonstrup Seminarium 1972-76. In 1982-84 she studied with professor Frank Eckmair,  Paper and Prints, Suny, Buffalo , New York and with  Nancy O’Banion, CCAC, Oakland and through several years she has done her research at paper mills and paper workshops all over the world (1984-2015). Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries nationally and internationally, and she has undertaken numerous large-scale decoration tasks among others The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, Skæring Church, Rolex, Chatelain, Odense University Hospital, Hammel Neuro Center, Dong, Nykredit, Olicom, Foss Electric, Den Kgl. Veterinær – og Landbohøjskole, Silkeborg Music– and Theater House samt Viborg Stadion.

MARIA TORP / THE RIDDLE / 03.10.2014

Maria Torp, The Verger, Courtesy Galleri Christoffer Egelund
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MARIA TORP: THE RIDDLE / 03.10 – 01.11 2014

Galleri Christoffer Egelund er stolt af at kunne præsentere udstillingen The Riddle af den talentfulde, danske kunstner Maria Torp. The Riddle er hendes tredje soloudstilling i galleriet.

Gådefulde blikke og fortællende ansigter rækker ud mod bekueren fra Maria Torp udtryksfulde skildringer af liv in medias res. Hun skaber betagende, minutiøse portrætbilleder af mere eller mindre fiktive karakterer, hvor hvert et hårstrå, hver en blodsprængning, er omhyggeligt beskrevet med penslen.

Maria Torp arbejder ud fra den kunstneriske stilart fotorealisme, der vandt frem i 1960’ernes og 70’ernes USA som en udstikker af Pop Art. Men hendes arbejdsmetode bringer genren ad nye veje. Maleriernes fotografiske forlæg iscenesættes ud fra løsslupne, idégenererende tegninger, der er første trin i Torps arbejdsproces, hvorved hun indlægger et fabulerende element i fotografiets (formodede) nøgterne virkelighedsgengivelse. Torps tegninger er kendetegnede ved en langt større grad af abstrakion: ideerne tager forsigtigt form i det sorte blæk.

I værket The Verge ser vi en kvindes ansigt i profil, der konfronterer beskueren med et hårdt, penetrerende blik. Farverne i baggrunden virker formildende på hendes ellers hårde fremtoning, og foreslår en mere nuanceret læsning af den portrætterede Værket Restless skildrer en rygvendt kvinde, et velkendt motiv i kunsthistorien særligt kendt fra den tyske romantiske maler Caspar David Friedrich. Hovedpersonen i Torps maleri mimer Friedrichs Frau am Fenster (1822), når hun læner sig frem mod det oplyste vindue. Hvad hun ser derude ligger hen i det uvisse – måske en anden tilværelse eller en håbefuld fremtid? Værket fremviser en udlængsel fra en lejlighed, der er beskidt, vandskadet og kold. Værkets umiddelbare ro skjuler over et uroligt indre.

Maria Torp holder sig ikke slavisk til fotorealismens begrænsninger som virkelighedsskildrende genre. I en serie værker danner aflagte stykker pap fra gamle papkasser lærred for de fotorealistiske portrætter. I et af papværkerne synes en forhutlet, slidt kvinde at føje sig perfekt ind i pappets rå fremtoning. Her og der ser man et håndtag, og kunstnerens udskæringer i pappet bliver en del af det malede billede, når fx det øverste lag er skrællet af pappet for at danne striber i en bluse, eller når bølgepappet står frem som en del af ansigtet. Således fremviser malerierne deres konstruktion og bryder med den illusionisme og strenge finish, der ellers er kendetegnende for fotorealismen.

Farvebrugen er tiltider rå og overbevisende virkelighedsnær og i andre værker holdt i næsten overvirkeligt glossede pasteltoner. Torps fotorealistiske malerier lægger op til nysgerrig søgen efter et menneskets identitet ud fra den fysiske fremtoning, ikke mindst ansigtets. Torp inviterer os til at forsøge at løse gåden: hvem er dette menneske foran mig?

Maria Torp (f. 1975) bor og arbejder i København. Hun tog afgang fra det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi i 2007 og har tidligere studeret ved London College of Printing. Hun har deltaget i flere gruppeudstillinger på gallerier, museer, kunsthaller, kunstmesser national og international og er netop udstillingsaktuelt på gruppeudstillingen “10.000 timer – hvad er talent ?” på Trapholt. Derudover har hun lavet udsmykningsopgaver til bl.a. FTF, Ferring, Velux Fonden og TrygVesta og udgør ligeledes en tredjedel af kunstnertrioen MAM sammen med kunstnerne Anika Lori og Mette Geisler.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund inviterer dig til fernisering på Maria Torp: The Riddle fredag den 3. oktober kl. 17-20. Kunstneren vil være til stede ved åbningen. Udstillingen vises frem til den 1. november 2014. Åbningstider: mandag-fredag kl. 11-18, lørdag kl. 12-16. For yderligere informationer om udstillingen samt pressefotos, kontakt venligst galleriet på: info@nullegelund.dk eller på +45 33 93 92 00.

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MARIA TORP: THE RIDDLE / 03.10 – 01.11 2014

Galleri Christoffer Egelund proudly presents the third solo exhibition with the talented Danish artist Maria Torp: The Riddle.

Mysterious stares and tell-tale faces confronts the viewer of Maria Torps photorealistic portrayals of lives in medias res. She creates fascinating, minute portraits of more og less fictive characters, with every strand of hair, every imperfection meticulously accentuated.

Maria Torp works in the tradition of the art form photorealism that gained ground in the USA of the 1960s and 70s as an offshot of Pop Art. But her working method takes the art form in new directions. The photographs, from which the pieces are painted, are staged on the basis of unrestained, idea generating drawings which forms the first step of the artist’s triadic working proces. This proces ensures the paintings a dreamlike element unfamiliar to the photograph’s (assumed) objective description of reality. Torp’s drawings are characterised by greater abstraction: the artistic ideas are formed in the black ink.

In the piece The Verge a woman’s face is seen in profile, confronting the viewer with a firm, penetrating gaze. The colours of the background seems to appease her tough appearance and suggest the possibility of a softer side to the woman portrayed. The artwork Restless depicts a woman with her back to the viewer, a motif not unfamiliar to the history of art, especially associated with the German romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich. The protagonist of Torp’s painting mimics Friedrich’s Frau am Fenster (1822) when she leans towards the illuminated window. What she sees out there remains uncertain – perhaps a different way of life or a dream of a hopeful future? The piece presents a longing to go abroad and away from an appartment that seems dirty, water damaged and cold. The tranquility of the scene conceals an inner restlessness.

Maria Torp does not slavishly follow the limits of photorealism as a reality depicting genre. In a series of artworks she uses cast-off pieces of cardboard boxes as canvases for her photorealistic portraits. One of the pieces shows a ragged woman who seems to fit in perfectly with the raw look of the cardboard. Here and there handles show in the cardboard canvases, and the artist’s carvings in the cardboard becomes part of the motifs as patterns of a shirt or as part of a face. In this way the paintings demonstrates their construction and breaks the illusionism and strict finish normally associated with photorealism.

The colours in the art of Maria Torp are some times rough and convincingly realistic and at other times almost more real than reality with their glossy notes of pastel. They are appeasing to the eye. But the artworks of Torp are so much more than that. The pieces prepare the ground for inquisitive search for a person’s identity or story in the physical appearance, especially that of the face. Torp invites us to try and solve the riddle: who is this person in front of me?

Maria Torp (1975) lives and works in Copenhagen, Danmark. She graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007 and has previously studied at the London College of Printing. Torp has exhibited her works in several galleries, museums, art institutions, art fairs national and internationel and are currently a part of the group exhibition “10.000 Hours – What is Talent?” at Tropholt Modern Museum of Art. Furthermore she has made commissioned work for corporations such as FTF, Tryg, Ferring and at the Velux Foundation and is co-founder of the artist trio MAM, with the artists Anika Lori and Mette Geisler.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund cordially invites you to the opening of Maria Torp: The Riddle on Friday the 3rd of October from 17-20. The exhibition will run until November the 1st, 2014. Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 11-18, Saturdays from 12-16. For further information and press photographs, please contact the gallery at: info@nullchristofferegelund.dk or at +45 33 93 92 00.