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

MARIA TORP / THE RIDDLE / 03.10.2014

Maria Torp, The Verger, Courtesy Galleri Christoffer Egelund
MARIA TORP, The Verge, oil on canvas 60×45

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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.

Jacob Dahlstrup, Cosmographicum, 17.05.-15.06.2013, Galleri Christoffer Egelund,
Jacob Dahlstrup, Cosmographicum, 17.05.-15.06.2013, Galleri Christoffer Egelund,
Det er en stor glæde for Galleri Christoffer Egelund at præsentere udstillingen “Cosmographicum” med nye papirarbejder og keramiske værker af Jacob Dahlstrup (f. 1985).
Værkerne udspiller sig i et unikt krydsfelt mellem fascinationen af rummet “cosmos” og det at tegne, eller kortlægge “graphicum”. Både i motiver og størrelser spænder værkerne vidt, fra små intenst detaljerede studier af månens overflade til store dramatiske eksplosioner i himmelrummet. Interessen for cosmos har også tidligere givet sig til udtryk i Jacob Dahlstrups værker hvor bl.a. Galileo Galilei og Johannes Kepler har været i centrum. Med denne udstilling har kunstneren rettet søgelyset mod den nyere tids rumeventyr med fabulerende referencer til velkendte billedfremstillinger af f.eks. Månelandingen og Apollo rumprogrammet i sin helhed.
For Dahlstrup er værkets materialitet en central del af fortællingen. Her fungerer papiret ikke blot som en tegnegrund men bearbejdes i dybden gennem påføring af pulverpigment af grafit og rødkalk, også kaldet Sanguine. Pigmenterne arbejdes langsomt ind i papiret og når den dybe mørke tone er etableret graves de lyse nuancer og en ny tekstur frem af papirets fiber ved hjælpe af både sandpapir, sliberedskaber og tatovørnåle.
Med sproglig hilsen i udstillingstitlen til Johannes Keplers udgivelse om universets mysterium “Mysterium Cosmographicum” inviterer Jacob Dahlstrups værker os på en rejse i tid og rum i selskab med såvel astronauter og nonner som strålende himmellegemer og aber.
Jacob Dahlstrup (f. 1985) bor og arbejder i København. Han er uddannet fra Glasgow School of Art i 2010 og har allerede udstillet sine værker i USA, Frankrig, Storbritannien, Spanien og Tyskland m.m. Derudover indgår Dahlstrups værker i The Davis Museum, Massachusetts, USA og CCA Andratx Collection, Mallorca, Spanien.
Galleri Christoffer Egelund inviterer til fernisering på udstillingen “Cosmographicum” fredag den 17. maj i tidsrummet kl. 16-19. Ved ferniseringen vil Jacob Dahlstrup være til stede. Udstillingen løber frem til den 15. juni 2013. Åbningstider: mandag–fredag 11-18, lørdage fra 12-16. For mere information og pressefotografier, kontakt venligst galleriet på: info@nullchristofferegelund.dk eller på +45 33 93 92 00.For flere billeder klik her
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Galleri Christoffer Egelund proudly presents the exhibition “Cosmographicum” featuring new works on paper and ceramic sculptures by Jacob Dahlstrup (b. 1985).
 
The works come to life in a unique intersection between the fascination of outer space, “cosmos” and the concept of drawing or mapping “graphicum”. In motifs as well as scale the works represents a wide range of expressions, from small intensely detailed studies of the surface of the moon to grand dramatic celestial explosions. The interest in cosmos has also been featured in Dahlstrups earlier works where e.g. Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler has been the center of attention. With this exhibition the artist aimes his spotlight at the space adventures of modern times with imaginative narrative references to the well know images of e.g. the moon landing and the entire Apollo space program.
The materiality of the works also play a central role in Dahlstrups narratives. Here the paper does not solely serve as a practical base for the drawings but is carefully treated to give an impression of depth and texture. Through an intense application of graphite and red chalk –also called Sanguine- onto the surface Dahlstrup creates a deep dark surface from which he then digs out the lighter nuances from the paper’s fibres using sand paper, grinding tools and even tattoo needles.
With a linguistic greeting in the exhibition title to Johannes Kepler’s publication on the mystries of the univers entitled “Mysterium Cosmographicum” Dahlstrup invites us on a journey in time and space in the grand company of both astronauts, nuns, shining celestial bodies and monkeys.
Jacob Dahlstrup (b. 1985) lives and works in Copenhagen, Danmark. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2010 and has already exhibit his works in USA, France, United Kingdom, Spain and Germany etc. Furthermore Dahlstrups works are included in The Davis Museum, Massachusetts, US and CCA Andratx Collection, Mallorca, Spain.
Galleri Christoffer Egelund invites you to the opening of the show “Cosmographicum” on Friday May 17th from 4pm – 7pm. At the reception Jacob Dahlstrup will be present. The exhibition will run until June 15th 2013. 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.

 

IDA KVETNY / SOLOUDSTILLING / RAM / 21.09.-20.10.2012

Ida Kvetny
Ida Kvetny
The Amphitheatre, 2012
Acrylic, gel-pen, pastel on paper, 76 x 57 cm.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund inviterer dig til fernisering på udstillingen ”RAM” fredag den 21. september i tidsrummet kl. 16-19. Udstillingen åbnes af DR’s kulturvært Adrian Hughes, kendt fra ”Smagsdommerne” og ”Kunstquizzen” kl. 16.05. Ved ferniseringen vil Ida Kvetny være til stede og den unge skandinaviske trio Scarlet Pleasure give koncert. Udstillingen løber frem til 20. oktober.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund kan med stor glæde præsentere udstillingen ”RAM” af den danske kunstner Ida Kvetny (f. 1980). Det er første gang hun udstiller solo i galleriet, og udstillingen indeholder nye malerier, skulpturer, tegninger, relieffer, animation og installation.

Kvetny er kendt for at skildre et enestående og originalt drømmeunivers fyldt med fantasifigurer og stærke farveflader. I de seneste fem år har den talentfulde kunstner eksperimenteret med forskellige konstellationer indenfor skulptur, maleri, animation og tegning for derigennem at undersøge maleriet som medie; dets muligheder og begrænsninger.

Udstillingens titel ”RAM” henviser både til det engelske ord for vædder, og dermed til den klassiske myte om Jason, samt er forkortelsen for ”Random Access Memory”, dvs. betegnelsen for en computers arbejdshukommelse. Jason var den fordrevne kongesøn, som erobrede ”Det gyldne skind” og dermed faderens kongetrone tilbage fra en ondsindet onkel. På udstillingen viser Kvetny nye værker, der tematisk lader sig inspirere af titlen. Temaerne tæller bl.a. mod, magi, heltedyrkelse og rejsen som fænomen.

Vi møder bl.a. en installation med en tre meter høj træskulptur (udført i samarbejde med skulptør Finn Rúne) og en række malerier. Træskulpturen består af enkelte geometriske elementer, en tønde og en krukke, og øverst et vædderhoved. Indholdsmæssigt peger skulpturen tilbage på motiverne i malerierne, som repræsenterer en kompleks og magisk drømmeverden, hvor et vædderhoved i flere tilfælde dukker op. Installationen er et bud på en nutidig, visuel rejse efter et dyreskind i et udefinerbart, magisk rum. Med værkets iscenesættelse undersøger Kvetny samtidigt tiden, formen, rytmen og fortællingen, der gemmer sig i et traditionelt maleri.

I tilknytning til betegnelsen ”Random Access Memory” udforsker Kvetny desuden automattegningen og det spontant abstrakte maleri. Motivisk er udstillingens malerier en eksplosion af former, overlappende flader, psykedeliske mønstre, signalkraftige farver, dyr og ansigter. Værkerne indbyder til en rejse igennem en række visuelle labyrinter i lighed med internettet, der inviterer til et utal af mere eller mindre kontrollerede billedindtryk. Imens myten om Jason blev mundtligt overleveret og nedskrevet, så spørger Kvetny bl.a. her til, hvorvidt det er tilfældigt, hvilke historier der gemmes og overleveres i vores informationsteknologiske samfund.

Ida Kvetny bor og arbejder i København. I 2007 tog hun en Master i Fine Art fra Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design i London. Hendes værker har bl.a. været vist på udstillingen ”Comix!” (2007) på Brandts i Odense og på den store samlerudstilling ”Mad Love” (2007) på Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst. Herudover har hun bl.a. udstillet på Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Museum of Art, Seoul National University og i en lang række gallerier. I foråret 2012 blev hun optaget i Kraks Blå Bog, og i den nærmeste fremtid kan man bl.a. opleve hendes værker hos Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles og hos Munch Gallery i New York.

Åbningstider: mandag–fredag 11-18, lørdage fra 12-16. For mere information og pressefotografier, kontakt venligst galleriet på: info@nullchristofferegelund.dk eller på +45 33 93 92 00.
Se alle de udstillede værker på www.christofferegelund.dk

ENGLISH

Galleri Christoffer Egelund invites you to the opening of the exhibition ”RAM” on Friday September 21st from 4pm – 7pm. The Exhibition will be opened by DR’s Cultural host Adrian Hughes, known from “Smagsdommerne and Kunstquizzen” at 4 pm. At the opening Ida Kvetny will be present and the young Scandinavian trio Scarlet Pleasure give a concert. The exhibition will run until October 20th.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund proudly present the exhibition “RAM” by the Danish artist Ida Kvetny (b. 1980). It is her first solo show at the gallery and the exhibition includes new paintings, sculptures, drawings, reliefs, animation and installation.

Kvetny is known for her unique and original dreamlike universe filled with fantasy figures and strong multicolored surfaces. In the past five years, the talented artist has experimented with different constellations of sculptures, paintings, animation and drawings in order to explore the painting as a medium; it’s possibilities and limitations.

The exhibition title “RAM” refers to the classical myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece and is also short for “Random Access Memory”; a form of computer data storage. Jason was a displaced prince, who captured the Golden Fleece and thus conquered his father’s throne back from his malicious uncle. At the exhibition Kvetny shows new works thematically inspired by the title. Among others the themes include courage, magic, hero worship and the journey as a phenomenon.

At the exhibition Kvetny shows an installation consisting of a three-meter high wooden sculpture (in collaboration with sculptor Finn Rúne) and a series of paintings. The sculpture is build of simple geometric elements; a barrel, a jar, and the head of a ram on the top. In terms of content the sculpture points to the motifs in her paintings, which represent a complex and magical dreamlike world, where a ram is often included. The installation suggests a contemporary visual journey seeking an animal skin in an indefinable, magical space. By the presentation of this work Kvetny also explores the shape, rhythm and the narrative, which a traditional painting stands for.

In connection with the word “Random Access Memory”, Kvetny also explores the automatic drawing and the abstract painting. The paintings are an explosion of shapes, surfaces that overlap, psychedelic patterns, vibrant colors, animals and faces. The works invite you on a journey through a series of visual mazes, like the Internet, which result in a multitude of more or less controlled imagery. While the myth of Jason was orally passed on and then written down, Kvetny here ask whether the stories, that get stored and transmitted in today’s information age is randomly selected.

Ida Kvetny lives and works in Copenhagen. In 2007 she took a Master in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Her works have been shown at the exhibition “Comix!” (2007) at Brandts in Odense and at the major collectors show “Mad Love” (2007) at Arken Museum of Modern Art. In addition, she has exhibited at Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Museum of Art, Seoul National University and in numerous galleries. Spring 2012 she was included in “Kraks Blå bog”, and in the near future you can see her works at Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles and at Munch Gallery in New York.

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.
All the exhibited works can be viewed at www.christofferegelund.dk