SOLO SHOWS 

Lea Porsager 'STRIPPED' at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Lea Porsager 'STRIPPED' at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. ⁠

The exhibition is on view until 08.08.2021 ⁠

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In the exhibition, Porsager mixes science and esoteric knowledge, including tantric meditation and quantum physics. In her works, energy, matter and body meet and clash up against each other in unseen ways as she lets new forms emerge in encounters with phenomena that we cannot perceive with our senses alone.

The exhibition opens with three cut-up wind turbine blades lying like fallen giants on the floor of Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s grand space. The emptiness of the hall and the spaces between the individual pieces are permeated by an immense, invisible force. Where the blades have been cut, openings appear: wormholes to another dimension, or female openings in the otherwise phallic shape of the blades? Porsager plays with the wind mill as a historic image of the power of the imagination – and as a present-day symbol of sustainable energy, offering assurances that our lives can continue as before as long as our energy is clean.

The works in the exhibition point beyond themselves as art: they could be machines and strange measuring instruments, or cultic objects used for obscure rituals. When Porsager’s works open themselves up to other, alternative or even alien meanings, our imagination is pushed to enter new dimensions. In that sense, the title of the exhibition – STRIPPED – can be understood as a way of kicking old habits, or of unlearning what one previously knew, thereby becoming open to what lies hidden on the other side of humanity’s understanding of ourselves as the centre of the world.

Lea Porsager (b. 1981) is a graduate from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and from the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in 2010. She has had solo shows at venues such as the Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, Kunstverein Göttingen, The Emily Harvey Foundation in New York and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde. Porsager took part in documenta 13 and the 14th Istanbul Biennale. She is currently working on public art commissions in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Her land art piece Gravitational Ripples was inaugurated in June 2018 at Djurgården in Stockholm, commemorating the Swedish victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia in 2004. Porsager holds a PhD from the Malmö Art Academy. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

STRIPPED is curated by Lars Bang Larsen and organised in collaboration with the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. The exhibition is supported by the Augustinus Foundation, the Beckett Foundation, the Knud Højgaard Foundation, the Obel Family Foundation, the Danish Arts Foundation and the William Demant Foundation.

The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication edited by Milena Høgsberg as well as by a series of events, including a talk by American feminist and physicist Karen Barad, who is a great source of inspiration for Porsager’s practice.



Text by: Kunsthal Charlottenborg ⁠

News 

Darío Escobar⁠⁠ is now part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

We are very pleased to announce that Darío Escobar⁠⁠ 'Construcción Geométrica Nº 03' (2012) is now part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.⁠⁠
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Darío Escobar’s Construccion Geometrica can be seen as a mediated abstraction, where the main idea is to investigate the concept of an abstract standard and geometric consciousness. The work, a wooden panel for a truck in Guatemala, becomes a mediated abstracted object with traces to it's originality.⁠⁠
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"The works consist of wooden truck bodies composed of panels, which form a structure attached to the wall. Hinges make some of them movable, while others are fixed in place. The geometric designs are made with an oil-based paint, inspired by fields of pure colors, from adjacent to complementary. These kind of bodies are commonly found in trucks that carry fruit, vegetables, textiles and other types of cargo from the Guatemalan provinces to the capital city, which is home to the businesses that support the economy of most Guatemalans.

The works use the same techniques, be it a chromatic pallet or the formal and structural aspects that carpentry workshops use. These workshops build and decorate panels for commercial trucks. The main idea of the project is to investigate the concept of an abstract standard and geometric consciousness in a country like Guatemala, which is still waiting for progress and modernity.

It is interesting to see how in a large part of Latin American territory geometric art is carried out very effectively. It is important to consider the fusion of two forms of thought in pre-Hispanic history, as well as the idea of interpreting reality from a more pure aspect such as color. These truck bodies become true geometric reliefs on which chromatic, formal and structural aspects combine to make us think about whether modernism is yet to come, or if it may have already arrived without us realizing it."

- Darío Escobar⁠⁠
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SOLO SHOWS 

Carlos Amorales showroom exhibition

In the occasion of Carlos Amorales current exhibition 'THE AMORALES BROTHERS' in the online exhibition space MELLEMRUMMET, a presentation of new collages and paintings can be experienced in the gallery showroom. ⁠⁠
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We look forward to welcome you.⁠⁠

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In recent years, Carlos Amorales has investigated the possibilities of color. His latest series, Jungla de estrellas (Star Jungle), uses fragmented abstraction as a visual language. Each canvas begins with collage, a part of the artists’ practice for years, which is itself a repetitive act with cycles of cutting, placing, and pasting. The compositions are highly intuitively guided by aesthetics to formulate indecipherable typography defined by fragmentation. 

Bubble Mask is another variation, yet they operate in a different color plane of gradients. Placed in the foreground of the painting, a mask seems to be the most acute part. Yet, a mask conceals something from view to cover up a similar linguistic pattern in the background. The mask also appears in the artist's latest video work as a connector image between two worlds, the digital and physical, articulating current shifts in representation.

In both painting series, Amorales draws from past series like El esplendor geométrico (2015) and La Orgía de Narciso (2020), continuing the explorations of color, space and repetition.

Working on these painting series during the height of the pandemic provided an outlet giving consistency and certainty in the most uncertain time. The practice provided a concentrated emotional and energetic outlet, a routine to get lost and find relaxation by literally bringing order to chaos. The centrality of color allowed Amorales to react to the different stimuli of the various hues while detaching from anxiety-ridden reality.

 

 

 

 

News 

SUPERFLEX is working on a master plan to build at least 55 km2 of reef along the coast of Denmark


Super Reef: A New Kind of Urbanism

Sometimes, the best way to care for other species is to collaborate with them on new projects. In that spirit, SUPERFLEX is working on a master plan to build at least 55 km2 of reef along the coast of Denmark. Super Reef is a large-scale collective undertaking involving scientists, fish, marine biologists, policy makers, local communities, and seagrasses. Together we can increase biodiversity and imagine forms of symbiotic living.

Super Reef is a new kind of urbanism, premised on an expanded notion of collaboration and knowledge-sharing: between humans as well as between species.

Super Reef is a project derived from the Deep Sea Minding research which was originally supported by TBA21-Academy.

SOLO SHOWS 

Runo Lagomarsino 'The Square between the Walls' at Lunds Konsthall

Runo Lagomarsino's solo exhibition 'The Square between the Walls' at Lunds Konsthall.⁠⁠
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"The Square Between the Walls, Lagomarsino’s solo exhibition at Lunds Konsthall, brings together a group of recent and older works with two new commissions dwelling on his own family’s history and his relationship with Lund. The artist‘s family fled the military regime in Argentina and settled in Lund in the late 1970s. His father found employment with Åkerlund & Rausing (now A&R Carton), where the presses worked around the clock to print cardboard for different sorts of packaging. Two new commissions, Mad Toy and Home Waits for No One (both 2021), are inspired by the Lagomarsino’s memories of visits to this factory with his father.⁠⁠
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Visitors to the exhibition also have the unique opportunity to see one of the artist’s earliest works, A Song of Bola de Nieve (1997), a humorous piece in which he sings and simultaneously translates a song from Spanish into Swedish. It is shown together with a number of other recently produced works. His practice relies on the subversive and utterly precise use of language and symbols, and especially their implications for institutions, which is meant to empower viewers and encourage them to reflect on possible, probable and desirable futures."⁠⁠
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Text by: Lunds Konsthall⁠⁠
 
The exhibition will run until 29.08.21. ⁠⁠