We are pleased to present MELLEMRUMMET (version 2.0), a virtual project space through which our artists from around the world will share current works and projects.
MELLEMRUMMET is a danish word meaning “the space or the time in between’. As the title suggests it is a platform halfway between the artist's studio and the physical gallery exhibition by which we aim to bring the audience closer to the artist's domain and work processes.
MELLEMRUMMET (version 1.0) first started in 2009 as a physical exhibition space at the gallery's former location on Ny Carlsberg Vej in Copenhagen. In 2021, we seek to reenact the platform in accordance with our current realities and launch MELLEMRUMMET (version 2.0) as a virtual version of the original exhibition space. Four virtual exhibitions shall be presented annually and in connection with each exhibition, one to two pop-up exhibitions will be arranged at selected locations both in Denmark and abroad. Visitors can explore and acquire works from these exhibitions directly from the gallery's website and via the various pop-up exhibitions.
NILS STÆRK - MELLEMRUMMET's first exhibition in 2021 is a project by Gert & Uwe Tobias, which presents ten wall-hung sculptures in glazed ceramics - a type of work that is an essential path in their artistic practice. The sculptures are presented in a sequence, interacting with selected colored woodcuts on canvas. Inspired by surrealism and abstract modernism, art history is an essential key to opening and grasping Gert & Uwe Tobias’ distinctive imagery. This matrix of isms breaks down the conventional distinction between art and craft and provides a renewed opportunity for the imagery of the works to re-emerge on their own terms: as an allegory of the fluctuating character that characterizes the contemporary art experience.
Gert & Uwe Tobias were born and raised in Transylvania and are currently living in Cologne. They are known for their unique world of motifs, inspired both by the traditional folk myths of their country of origin and current popular culture.
Their practice includes ceramic sculptures, painting, works on paper and large color woodcuts on canvas that combine classic painting genre with a printing technique that can be traced back to traditional ways of printing propaganda and pop art appropriation.
Instead of cutting the figure into the wood, they shape the individual motifs into plywood and use a roller to apply the paint to the surface of the wood which finally transfers the color to the canvas. Thus, Gert and Uwe Tobias further develop this well-known tradition within their own practice. Their artistic universe thus has a direct connection to different art historical and cultural epochs and in this way also reflect an anti-nostalgic use of images in current popular culture.
The figure is always the focal point of the work, whether it is designed sculpturally or picturesquely and its unique design has become a hallmark that places the artist duo firmly on the European contemporary art scene.
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