ARMANDO MARINO / UNDER THE RED LIGHT / AUGUST 16 – SEPTEMBER 14

Armando Marino, Amsterdam, 2013, Oil on canvas, 185x173 cm. Courtesy Galleri Christoffer Egelund
Armando Marino, Amsterdam, 2013, Oil on canvas, 185×173 cm.

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Galleri Christoffer Egelund proudly presents the first exhibition in Danmark by the New York based Cuban artist Armando Marino (b. 1968) “Under The Red Light” displaying new paintings and works on paper.

”I would like to ski in the mountains, I know it’s impossible for me right now in my situation, but at least I can do it in my dreams”
– Nadia, a prostitute. 25 years old.

The present series of paintings for the Galleri Christoffer Egelund have been inspired by  Nadia`s dream. Her dreams were the only place, where she could be free, untouchable and happy.
The women trafficking and prostitution are common, real problems in our contemporary society. The media coverage is huge, from films, documentaries, TV series, books, etc.. It happens every day, everywhere and at all times, so it was unavoidable for Armando Marino to approach this issue through his work. He has always worked with openess to social conflicts and contemporary reality. That has been the case in previous exhibitions as ”Tervuren Tales”, in Belgium, which investigated the Belgian colonial past and the plunder of cultural heritage of the Congo and “Recent Paintings from the Year of the Protester”, held in NY, 2012, which centered as its name indicates on the Arab revolutions and recently outraged movements occurred in much of the world.
From the beginning, Marino understood that the approach to the subject would be very difficult due to two factors: the complexity of the problem and the fact that this issue has been addressed through art, especially painting, for a long time and by many artists.

The issue is complex because it encompasses both the women forced into prostitution by poverty, the ones born in that context and therefore their vision of the world is conditioned by that situation, those who have been abducted, sold or enslaved, and the ones that do it for pleasure, to get money fast and easy, even to pay their college. Nevertheless, from the sociological point of view there are many “external” factors (political, religious, cultural and social) that define or mold the issue, making it more complicated and difficult to be solved.

Far from addressing the problem from the victimization, Armando tries to analyze some of its facets. For this reason each painting corresponds to a specific idea or situation, comprising from the trafficking of women (Cargo), suicide (The Red Fence), broken dreams or aspirations (I’m Your Princess), to the use or abuse of drugs (Amsterdam).
Each work is very specific in its subject and pictorial realization, something that is common in most of the recent work.

Prostitution has been the subject of many artists and their paintings throughout art history. The prostitute was the lover, the model, the desired object, the obscene secret. Its images populate hundreds of works in the traditional Western and Eastern painting and many of these paintings have become masterpieces like Manet’s Olympia or The Demoiselles d’Avignon by Picasso.

Armando Marino believes what really defines prostitution in our time is the trafficking of women. Based on this belief his paintings explore the effects of such trafficking for prostitution in contemporary society. Photographs taken from the web, magazines, films or books, inspire all paintings in this exhibition. The compiled images are then transformed and recreated according to a specific idea.The original context disappears to give rise to a new context, symbolic or metaphorical, surreal, painterly and in some cases, oniric, which allows him to deflect the immediate reference from its source, while expanding the semantic universe of the artwork.

Marino’s intention is to confront the viewer with the complexity of this issue. Giving no clear references of place or people, diluting the reality, replacing the white and black for an infinite color spectrum, characteristic of our contemporary visual art, thus helping to erase our preconceptions and prejudices about a subject that deserves our attention, now more than ever.?

Armando Marino (b. 1968 in Cuba) lives and works in New York. He graduated from Jose Varona Pedagogical Institute, Havana 1992 and from Rijksakademie Van Beldeende Kunsten, Amsterdam 2005. He has exhibited widely in Europe, USA, Africa and Cuba. His works are represented in major private and public collection around the world such as Deutsche Bank Collection; Shelley and Donald Rubin Collection, US; 21cMuseum, Kentucky, US; Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba;  ASU Art Museum, Arizona, US; Arttoteek Den Hagg, Nederland; National Museum of Valjevo, Yugoslavia; University of Virginia Art Museum, US; Marcelino Botín Foundation, Spain; Howard Farber Collection, New York;  Colección Berardo Museo de Arte Moderna, Sintra, Portugal etc. Furthermore Marino has been awarded The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2011 and The Christopher Reynolds Foundation grant in 2010.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition “Under The Red Light” on Friday August 16th from 4pm – 7pm. At the opening reception Armando Marino will be present. The show will run until September 14th 2013. Opening hours: Monday – Fiday 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.

 

JASON JÄGEL (US) / THE CASTLE AND OTHER WORKS / 26.10.-01.12.2012

Behavioral Automatism
Jason Jägel, Behavioral Automatism, 2012, Courtesy Galleri Christoffer Egelund

Galleri Christoffer Egelund kan med stor glæde præsentere udstillingen ”The Castle & Other Works” med den amerikanske kunstner Jason Jägel (f. 1971). Det er hans anden soloudstilling i galleriet. Den anerkendte kunstners værker er bl.a. opkøbt af San Francisco Museum of Modern Art og Museum of Modern Art, New York. I udstillingen viser Jägel en række nye imponerende værker bestående af gouache på papir, hvor bl.a. serien ”The Castle” indgår.

Jägel skaber mange værker samtidigt, en metode hvormed han konstant nytænker sine malerier ved hjælp af spontanitet og instinkt. Hans værker kan ses som selvbiografisk fiktion: I de sidste tyve år har han praktiseret en form for kontrolleret improvisation for at skærpe et særegent billedsprog. Kunstnerens brug af skalaskift, sproglige udtryk, forskellige synsvinkler, farveflader og overlappende rum resulterer i et flimrende billedudtryk. Hos Jägel møder man tvetydige og fragmenterede fortællinger, som bevidst er åbne for fortolkning.

”The Castle” er en serie malerier, hvor Jägel har valgt at benytte afdækningspapiret som afsæt. Et afdækningspapir placeres under de egentlige værker, og det har derfor en praktisk funktion. Det giver plads til mere eller mindre tilfældige penselstrøg, til skitser samt til at notere tanker og ideer ned m.m. I de sidste 12 år har han arbejdet med denne kunstneriske metode. I forbindelse med udstillingens værker forklarer Jägel selv: ”Værkerne fungerer som kanal for tilblivelsen af øvrige værktyper. De er et naturligt overskud fra de originale streger, der udnytter en perifer energi. Titlen ”The Castle” henviser til denne ”indramning” af fakta og det uundgåelige faktum af at være til.

I 2002 blev Jason Jägel (f. 1971) uddannet Master of Fine Art fra det anerkendte Standford University i Californien. Han har siden 1995 deltaget i en lang række solo- og gruppeudstillinger, bl.a. i Barcelona, København, Los Angeles, Milano og New York. Udover MoMa i New York og San Francisco Museum of Modern Art er hans værker også at finde i samlingerne hos ?UCLA Hammer Museum of Art og Portland Museum of Art, USA, samt hos en lang række private kunstsamlere. I 2008 udkom ”Seventy-Three Funshine”, en monografi over hans arbejde, og i 2012 fik han tildelt et stipendium fra Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Ud over at være kunstner underviser Jägel også på en lang række institutioner i San Francisco Bay Area.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund inviterer dig til fernisering på udstillingen ”The Castle & Øvrige Værker” fredag den 26. oktober i tidsrummet kl. 16-19. Ved ferniseringen vil Jason Jägel være til stede. Udstillingen løber frem til 1. december. 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 at se de udstillede værker klik HER

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

Union Of Strangers / Christoffer Joergensen / 17.08.-15.09.2012

"Christoffer Joergensen", "Ornaments", Galleri Christoffer Egelund, FotoGalleri Christoffer Egelund kan med stolthed præsentere den første soloudstilling i Danmark med den talentfulde dansk/schweiziske fotokunstner Christoffer Joergensen (f. 1978). Titlen på udstillingen “Union of Strangers” henviser specifikt til et spændingsfelt mellem fremmedgørelse og identitet, som kunstneren bl.a arbejder med i sine to billedserier ”Grogram” og ”Parliaments.” Hans fotoværker får stor opmærksomhed for sit originale udtryk og hans enestående måde at bruge fotomediet på, der bryder med den traditionelle opfattelse af fotografiet.

I Grogram-serien kombinerer Joergensen digital fotografering med omhyggeligt håndværk. Det enkelte Grogram-værk skaber han ved manuelt at skære flere af sine fotografier med persongrupper i tynde strimler, som han derefter væver sammen til et nyt billede. Pga. den processuelle tilblivelse mister personerne deres individualitet og forvandles i stedet til typer, som fremstår isoleret fra hinanden. At skabe et Grogram-værk er en langsommelig proces, og resultatet kan bedst beskrives som en hidtil ukendt form af collagen.

Joergensens ”Parliaments” består af to formelt forskellige serier. Den første serie ”Plenary Halls” er fotografier af en række nationale parlamentssale. Fokus er på salenes rumlige og arkitektoniske fremtoning, samt på deres funktion som nationalsymbol. Joergensen benytter flere billeder til digitalt at kombinere det enkelte fotografi, og resultatet er et bredvinklet format. Siddegruppen i forgrunden, præsidiet og loftet i de enkelte sale er væsentlige elementer i værkernes komposition.

Den anden serie fra ”Parliaments” har titlen ”State Ornaments.” Joergensen benytter her trekantede fragmenter fra sine fotografier af parlamentsbygningerne til at sammensætte iøjefaldende sekskantede mønstre. Den enkelte sekskantede celle opfanger således politikere, der er involveret i spørgsmål af national eller international betydning. Værkernes digitale tilblivelse og sfæriske illusion resulterer i parlamentssale, som synes at fungere som selvreferentielle systemer med associationer til svævende planeter, bikuber eller kalejdoskoper.

Christoffer Joergensen (f. 1978) er født i Danmark, men bor og arbejder i dag i Schweiz. I perioden 2002-2004 tog han en MA i fotografi fra Royal Collage of Art i London. Joergensen har deltaget i flere gruppeudstillinger hos Galleri Christoffer Egelund og er i dag en af galleriets faste kunstnere. Han har desuden været repræsenteret på Charlottenborgs Forårsudstilling i flere omgange, og han har haft flere soloudstillinger i Schweiz.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund inviterer dig til fernisering på udstillingen ”Union of Strangers” fredag den 17. august i tidsrummet kl. 16-19. Ved ferniseringen vil Christoffer Joergensen være til stede. Udstillingen løber frem til 15. september. 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.

YUICHI HIRAKO (JP) | DAVID DELLAGI (DK) | 20.01.-25.02.2012

Yuichi Hirako Memories of My Garden / Ship
Yuichi Hirako, Sleeping in the Pine Forest, 2011, Acrylic on canvas, 130x162 cm.

Main Gallery: Yuichi Hirako, Sleeping In the Pine Forest.
Project Room: David Dellagi: Insanitorium
January 20 – February 25 2012

Opening reception
Friday January 20th from 4-7 pm.

It is with great pleasure that Galleri Christoffer Egelund presents ”Sleeping In the Pine Forest”, the gallery’s first solo show with the Japanese Artist Yuichi Hirako. The young artist presents new paintings and sculptures, which brings us into a colourful, dramatic and dreamlike universe. ”Insanitorium” is the name of another exhibition shown in the gallery’s project room. In this show Danish artist David Dellagi presents sculptures and collages where themes like horror, naivety and black humor go hand in hand.

Yuichi Hirako is interested in the human relationship with nature and the forest as a special place. Although many of us surround ourselves with plants every day, eg. house plants and in parks, there is an apparent division between us and the other living beings – that is the plants. Some Japanese see the forest as a sacred place. On the contrary in Western folklore, the forest is often portrayed as being uncivilized and barbaric.

Hirako strives in his work to break the boundaries between humans and nature. His paintings and sculptures depict people with plant-like heads placed in forests. In his largest painting “Memories of My Garden/Lake Side” plants, people, houses and a car are weaved helplessly together. In other expressive paintings we encounter a green forest-creature, which gives fuel to our experience of fantasy and adventure. Whether the forest is a good or unpleasant place is entirely up to the viewer. In other words; in the work of Hirako nature and culture collide, and we are left in a primitive state.

Yuichi Hirako (b. 1982 in Okayama, Japan) graduated in 2005 from Wimbledon College of Art in London. He lives and works in Tokyo, and he has participated in several group- and solo shows. To name a few the artist has exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Aichi Arts Center, The Museum of Kyoto, etc. In 2012 the artist will present solo shows at INAX Gallery, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku and Tokyo Wonder Site Art Cafe kurage in Tokyo.

In the Project Room David Dellagi presents spectacular works where fear, struggle, innocence and sexual frustration are humorously presented. His motifs seem to express a certain state of mind in a very direct and urgent manner, and his works clearly reveal an interest in surrealism as well as cartooning. Among Dellagi´s exhibited works is the piece “Telephone”, a sculpture of a female torso turned into an old fashioned telephone. The woman seems to shout: “How did I end up here?” Dellagi´s sculptures are made from papier maché, an unpretentious material which is a fine contrast to the horrid and naïve. Also shown is a collection of Dellagi´s collages. These present a more minimalist approach mixed with fantasy, humor, insanity and the anatomic grotesque.

David Dellagi (b. 1970) works with drawing, collage, sculpture, video and animation. In addition to numerous exhibitions at home, Dellagi´s works has also been shown in Los Angeles and Stockholm etc. In 2012 Dellagi has a solo show in Mexico City, and his works will be presenting by Space of Drawing at Art Herning in the end of January. Dellagi lives and works in Copenhagen.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund invites You to the opening of ”Sleeping In the Pine Forest” and ”Insanitorium” Friday January the 20th from 4pm to 7pm. Yuichi Hirako and David Dellagi will be present, and the exhibitions runs until February the 25th. Opening hours: Monday – Friday 11am to 6pm, Saturdays 12pm – 4pm. For further information and press photographs, please contact the gallery: info@nullegelund.dk or call +45 33 93 92 00. Please also visit our website www.gce.nu

Afterparty at Byens Kro, Møntergade 8, Cph. K. from 20.00-?

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Galleri Christoffer Egelund kan med stor fornøjelse præsentere soloudstillingen ”Sleeping In the Pine Forest” med den unge japanske kunstner Yuichi Hirako. I sin første udstilling i Danmark viser kunstner nye malerier og skulpturer, som tager os med ind i et farverigt, opsigtsvækkende og drømmelignende univers. Sideløbende i galleriets projektrum vises soloudstillingen ”Insanitorium”. Her kan man opleve nye skulpturer og collager af den danske kunstner David Dellagi, hvor gru, naivitet og sort humor går hånd i hånd.

Yuichi Hirako er optaget af menneskets relation til planter samt til skoven som et særligt sted. Selv om mange af os omgiver os med planter til dagligt, fx. i form af stueplanter og ved brug af parker, så er der en klar adskillelse mellem os og de øvrige levende væsner, dvs. planterne. Hos en række japanere bliver skoven endvidere opfattet som et helligt sted. Denne forestilling står i klar modsætning til den vestlige kulturs sagn og fortællinger, hvor skoven ofte skildres som en uciviliseret og barbarisk lokalitet.

Hirako opløser i sine malerier og skulpturer den klare adskillelse mellem mennesket og naturens planter. I kunstnerens malerier og skulpturer møder vi personer med plantelignende hoveder, som har taget plads ude i skovens dyb. I udstillingens største maleri ”Memories of My Garden/Lake Side” er planter, mennesker, huse og en bil flettet hjælpeløst ind i hinanden. I andre af kunstnerens ekspressive malerier møder vi et grønt skovuhyre, og fantasien og det eventyrlige får således frit løb. Om skoven er et godt eller ubehageligt sted, lader Hirako være op til betragteren. Hos Hirako støder natur og kultur med andre ord frontalt sammen, og en urtilstand synes at herske.

Yuichi Hirako (f. 1982 i Okayama, Japan) blev i 2005 uddannet fra Wimbledon College of Art i London. Han bor og arbejder i dag i Tokyo, og har en lang række gruppe- og soloudstillinger bag sig. Kunstneren har bl.a. udstillet på The Museum of Modern Art i Gunma, Museum of Contemporary Art i Tokyo, Aichi Arts Center, The Museum of Kyoto m.fl. I 2012 har Hirako soloudstillinger hos gallerierne INAX Gallery, GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku og Tokyo Wonder Site Art Cafe kurage i Tokyo.

I projektrummet præsenteres David Dellagis opsigtsvækkende værker, hvor frygt, personlige kampe, uskyld og seksuelle frustrationer fremstilles ved hjælp af et humoristisk formsprog. Dellagis persongalleri synes at udtrykke en bestemt sindstilstand i en meget direkte og påtrængende form, og hans værker har tydelige referencer til tegneseriens univers og surrealismens billedsprog. Blandt Dellagis udstillede værker møder vi bl.a. skulpturen ”Telephone”, hvor en kvindelige torso er forvandlet til et gammeldags telefonrør. Kvinden synes at råbe: ”Hvordan endte jeg lige her?” Dellagis skulpturer er lavet i papmaché, et uhøjtideligt materiale, som står i fin kontrast til det ofte makabre indhold. I kunstnerens collager præsenteres vi endvidere for små historier, hvor fantasi, humor, sindsforvirring og det anatomisk uperfekte individ hersker.

David Dellagi (f. 1970) arbejder med tegning, collage, skulptur, video og animation. Udover talrige udstillinger herhjemme har man bl.a. kunnet opleve hans værker i Los Angeles og i Stockholm. I 2012 har Dellagi bl.a. en soloudstilling i Mexico City, og hans værker præsenteres af udstillingsstedet Space of Drawings på Art Herning i slutningen af januar måned. Dellagi bor og arbejder i København.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund inviterer til fernisering på udstillingerne ”Sleeping In the Pine Forest” og ”Insanitorium” fredag den 20. januar i tidsrummet kl. 16-19. Yuichi Hirako og David Dellagi vil være tilstede ved ferniseringen. Udstillingerne løber frem til 25. februar. Åbningstider: mandag – fredag 11-18, lørdage fra 12-16. For mere information og pressefotografier, kontakt venligst galleriet på: info@nullegelund.dk eller på +45 33 93 92 00. Se alle de udstillede værker på www.gce.nu

Afterparty på Byens Kro, Møntergade 8, Kbh. K. fra kl. 20.00-?

DOLLS HOUSE | GROUP SHOW | 19.08.-18.09.2011

Kathrine Ærtebjerg, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Julie Nord, Kirstine Roepstorff, Marianne Grønnow, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Lise Blomberg, Dorte Jelstrup, Sophia Kalkau, Elisabeth Toubro, Katya Sander20 August – 18 September 2011

Opening reception
Friday August 19th from 16-20

Galleri Christoffer Egelund is proud to present DOLLS HOUSE, a group exhibition showing new works of 11 prominent Danish artists. The invited artists are all women and include the following prominent names: Kathrine Ærtebjerg, Julie Nord, Kirstine Roepstorff, Lise Blomberg Andersen, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Sophia Kalkau, Elisabeth Toubro, Katya Sander, Marianne Grønnow and Dorte Jelstrup. In this exhibition the gallery wants to mark the high artistic quality among Danish female artists, and point out that despite the high standard the female sex remains underrepresented in national museum collections.

The shows title DOLLS HOUSE seems to refer to the innocent adolescence of a little girl. Dolls House is also slang for brothel, and in that sense points critically towards the female body as a commodity. In addition, the title refers to the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Dolls House” (1879), where Nora makes the commencing move in the struggle for sexual equality. In the show the viewer is invited into an universe where different media shows themes such as gender roles, femininity and fairytales.

In the exhibition we witness a magical dream world in Julie Nord’s (b. 1970) detailed drawings. She is known for her ornamental works depicting graceful dolls, as she mixes the fantastic with the reminiscent of life as being fragile. Painter Kathrine Ærtebjerg (b. 1969) also portrays a feminine and ambiguous universe, but often employs a stronger sexual undertone to the work. Unlike Nord and Ærtebjerg the works of Lise Blomberg Andersen (b. 1971) contain more realism, but not less fairytale.
Her contribution to the show consists of new paintings depicting children. Also Astrid Kruse Jensen’s (b. 1975) work deals with the notion of adventure. Using the technique of long exposure her photographs presents a surreal and supernatural universe. Besides Kruse Jensen, Sophia Kalkau (b. 1960) also participates with a number of photographs. Characteristic of her work is a preoccupation with transformation and metamorphosis.

Kirstine Roepstorff (b. 1972) shows collages. Using unconventional materials like pearls and fabric, the artist is known to investigate themes like feminism and a criticism of political power. On the contrary Marianne Grønnow’s (b. 1962) contribution consists of painting and sculpture. Her trademark is the transformation of cardboard and paper into seductive and detailed works. However this show gives a unique opportunity to experience her work in plaster, a new material in her art production. A feminine view can also be found at Dorte Jelstrup (b. 1964), whose work can be seen as analytical reflections on themes such as lust, sexuality and gender. Themes such as gender roles and equality also interests sculptor Elisabeth Toubro (b. 1956), whose trademark is complex sculptures, which forces the viewer to do some intellectual work. Also Katya Sander (b. 1970) likes to challange the viewer with her conceptual works that asks open questions about humans and languages. Last but not least, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (b. 1970) contributes to the exhibition with photographs from her performance series “Afghan Hound”, with what she is represented at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

Galleri Christoffer Egelund invites to the opening of DOLLS HOUSE Friday August the 19th from 4pm to 8pm, where the artists will be present. The exhibition runs from August 19th – September 18th 2011. Opening hours: Monday – Friday 11am to 6pm, Saturdays 12pm – 4pm. For further information and press photographs, please contact the gallery at: info@nullegelund.dk or at +45 33 93 92 00