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Friday, 25 August 2017 12:11

Mie Olise Kjærgaard

MIE OLISE KJÆRGAARD, Denmark

 

Mie Olise Kjærgaard (b. 1974) works in painting, sculptural objects and installation. Since graduating in 2008 with a Master in Fine Art, her work has focused on the theme of man-made constructions. Through her paintings, Olise investigates both the nature of the architectural construction as well as how a construction describes the society, it is a part of.

 

In her latest work, Olise Kjærgaard has investigated modern ruins in Latin America, and how these contemporary ruins are deserted and occupied again; in horisontal layers with new architectural strategies – very different from the original ideas about function and appearance. This project has been exhibited at Museo de Arte Acarigua in Venezuela under the title ”Discontinued Monuments”.
In architectural terms, breaking with the initial intention and purpose of a construction is dubbed a ”dishonest construction” – this is what Kjærgaard addresses in her most recent works.

Kjærgaard has travelled to societies in different stages of disrepair: twice to the Arctic Circle, to investigate an abandoned Russian mine town, The Pyramid; and to New Foundland in the tracks of the writer/character Espen Arnakke, which was the topic of the solo show at Kunsthalle Nikolaj (DK) in 2012.

Kjærgaard has exhibited at UMOCA – Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, MFAH – Museum of Fine Art Houston, MAAA – Museo de Arte Acarigua, Venezuela; Nikolaj Kunsthal (DK), SNYK – Skive New Museum of Art, (DK), Torrance Art Museum in LA; Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston Texas; Honor Fraser, LA; Samuel Freeman, LA; Duve Berlin and Galleri Kant in Copenhagen.

Kjærgaard holds an MFA from Central St. Martins in London and a Master in Architecture from Aarch, Aarhus(DK)//The Bartlett, UCL, London (UK). In recent years, she has been based simultaneously in London, New York and Copenhagen; travelling to residencies in Iceland, Berlin and Skowhegan, Maine.

 

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 09:19

Moritz Schleime

 

MORITZ SCHLEIME, Germany

Moritz Schleime (born 1978, Berlin) is a German painter. 

From 1998 to 2004 Schleime studied at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee with Hanns Schimansky und Werner Liebmann.

 

In his work Moritz Schleime transforms the world of popular culture and hipsterism to reflect a failing political system. Pulling on the classical elements from the history of art such as surrealism, Schleime places these in the urban backdrop of a postmodern Europe, where the explosiveness of colors is dripping down the canvas. 

 

Moritz Schleime is the son of famous German painter, filmmaker and author Cornelia Schleime.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 08:54

Armin Boehm

ARMIN BOEHM, Germany

Armin Boehm (b. 1972, Aachen) is a German painter, who lives and works in Berlin.

 

From 1995-1996 he studied at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Münster and from 1995-2001 at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the class of Konrad Klapheck and Jörg Immendorf. He then became protégé of Jörg Immendorf and stayed for a scholarship in Paris, France.

 

The observation of scientific and human boundaries serves as a basis to Armin Boehm’s paintings, as well as the reference between urban and natural habitats which the artist uses to pursue the possibilities of painting. His use of forms based on the vocabulary of Modernism pools specific occurrences in his paintings, which appear to be atemporal both in their disassociation and vagueness. The artist discusses motifs where the physicalness of the depicted evolves from the interference with form, colour and the collaged elements – Boehm, however, retracts, dissolves or abstracts the figurativeness in the painting whilst painting it.

 

With a collage technique the artist combines fragments of colour, fabric, paper or metal substances from which the body of his paintings crystallizes and virtually stands out plastically – in his latest paintings this is achieved especially by materially integrated fields of colour. The fragmented and perspectively cut depiction of space and figures dissolves the corporeality of the depicted synthetically. At the same time, however, image layers which are dissolved and reciprocally affected open up to fictional situations, which unite introspection and supervision of an event.

 

Armin Boehm’s paintings oscillate between origination, presence and abstinence regardless of their sujet, that is not really tangible and finds itself somewhere between landscape and portrait painting. Existence and disappearance becomes valid in the haptic of the surfaces of Armin Boehm’s paintings, and compositions, too. The question points to the possibility of painting that the artist lets become subject while developing his painting between figuration and symbolic.

(Courtesy of Meyer-Riegger)

 

 

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 11:01

David Minařík

DAVID MINAŘÍK, Czech Republic

David Minařík (born 1985) is a Czech painter, who graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in May 2017.

In the works of David Minařík the processual emergence of painting is explored. From the first brushstrokes on the canvas until the final work emerges, Minařík evokes a focus on perception and non-perception in relation to the creation of art.

Minařík established his artistic practice during adolescent trips to Fontainebleau, France, where he began to struggle with the complex representation of natural light in non-figurative painting in plein-air.

Minařík diverts from a classical conceptual approach to fine arts with a philosophical-ideological counterpart to today’s ‘image-focused’ world. Drawing on the poststructuralist theory of Gilles Deleuze, Minařík conveys the phenomenological emergence of art instead of its static being as a finished product.

Order and chaos individually determines Minařík’s artistic intuition flavored with an educated understanding of classical expression. This mixture matures into motives of solid contours, uncertain existence and frustration.

David Minařík studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 2014 to 2017 and has exhibited at Q in Copenhagen and at Kunsthalle M3 in Berlin. Today he commutes between Copenhagen and Moravia, Czech Republic, where he works.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:14

Christian Achenbach

CHRISTIAN ACHENBACH, Germany

Christian Achenbach (born 1978) is a German sculptor and painter. Achenbach studied at the University of Art in Berlin with Burkhard Held, Daniel Richter and Anselm Reyle and graduated from Anselm Reyle’s master class in 2007.

With his artistic roots in 20th century art history, Achenbach composes his own aesthetic symphony of the known isms framed in a fresh postmodern perspective. Achenbach’s creative process lends itself to the world of musical composition where the multiplicity of violent clashing of colors and shapes emphasizes the shift of tonality, thereby conjuring a materiality of sound.     

Each artwork presents the childlike joy and liberty of Achenbach’s brush with an immanent nod to the history of modern art. Modernism, Dadaism and Cubism are undeniably present in each painting where no central motif is to be found, but geometric shapes and symbols instead rhizomatically spirals in and out of each other. Much like the music in which Achenbach finds his inspiration, the definite outlines are blurry, the array of colors explosive.

Christian Achenbach lives and works in Berlin. In 2008 he was an artist in residence at Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Håndværk in Copenhagen. He has exhibited widely in Germany and Denmark as well as internationally.    

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:26

Balder Olrik

Balder Olrik, Denmark

Balder Olrik (b. 1966, Virum) is Danish visual artist, who studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1982-1985.

After making his debut at the tender age of 16 in 1984 at Charlottensborg’s Spring Exhibition, Olrik experienced great success as a painter. He explored themes such as war and destruction with an inventive use of colors and materials for which he subsequently received the Danish Art Foundation’s three year working grant in 1996. 

In 1998 Olrik, in order to pursue a career in business entrepreneurship, went on an indefinite hiatus, only to emerge 16 years later, in 2014, as a photographer.


Olrik’s body of work evolves around the theme of abandonment, each photograph studying places built by humans but without a trace of life, inevitably emanating mysticism and eeriness. These black holes in time and space spring forth as physical manifestations of the dark corners of digital media which we either overlook or are kept from seeing on a daily basis.

Balder Olrik has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad, e.g. at the Danish Arts Foundation, Esbjerg Museum of Art and the Ball State University Museum, Indiana, USA.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 12:14

Henrik Saxgren

Henrik Saxgren, Denmark

Henrik Saxgren (b. 1953, Randers) is a Danish photographer.

In an aesthetically straightforward and minutely narrated imagery, Saxgren conveys heartbreaking human truths and destinies, castigating the individual behind the historic landmarks in recent history.

In 1979 Saxgren was a founding member of ‘2Maj’ – a group of socially motivated documentarians – and from 1985 to 91 he served as photo editor for the magazine Press. After extensive travels in Central America in 2000, Saxgren published his book of photography, “Solomon’s House”, which explored a post-revolutionary Nicaragua.


At this point in his career, Saxgren’s artistic style drastically shifted towards arranged compositions in color after an extensive career in black and white. The first book published after this stylistic change was ‘War and love – immigration of the North’ (2006); a portrayal of the life of immigrants in Scandinavia. In 2009 he published the book ‘Unintended Sculptures’, where nature and culture coexist in grandiose passages. Most recently Saxgren published the book ‘Bus from Baghdad’, in which he follows 46 Copenhagen bus drivers with different ethnic backgrounds.

Henrik Saxgren was a part of the project ‘Denmark in Transition’ (2008-09), which includes the book ‘From where we stand 1-3’ (2010). He has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad e.g. AroS Museum of Modern Art, The National Museum of Photography, Skagen Museum, Noorderlight Photography Gallery in the Netherlands and Paris Photo.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:16

Louise Hindsgavl

LOUISE HINDSGAVL, Denmark

 

 

Louise Hindsgavl (b. 1973) graduated from Design School Kolding in 1999, where she studied at the Department of Ceramics and Glass. She is considered one of the most influential artists working with porcelain in Denmark today.

Though predominantly white, Hindsgavl’s works tend to subvert any preconceived notions of porcelain as mere decoration or tableware through their subject matter, often imbued with a thematic darkness.


In her subject matter she draws on mythology and fables as she delves into the unheimlich realms of human behaviour resulting in disquieting scenarios and monstrous creatures. Spanning from tiny figurines to large scale installations, the works come across as sometimes innocent and sometimes distinctly ominous – but always immensely attractive.

 

Louise Hindsgavl has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad, and her works have entered into leading museum collections as well as been acquired by important art institutions, among them New Carlsberg Foundation, The Danish Arts Foundation, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and The National Museum of Sweden in Stockholm.

Among several prizes she boasts The Prince Eugen Medal of “Artistic Excellence” awarded to her by the Swedish Royal Court in 2015.

 

 

Faste Forestillinger (Fixed Ideas), Hans Alf Gallery, 2017:

 

 

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:00

Morten Schelde

 

MORTEN SCHELDE, Denmark

 

Morten Schelde (b. 1972) is a Danish visual artist.

 

Schelde was trained at the Art Academy of Funen 1994-1996 and is a graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1996-2001. He started out as a painter, experimented briefly with photography, and ultimately found his own unique style through the subdued language of his meticulous drawings.

 

Morten Schelde’s universe is often dramatic, constructed upon the clash of diverging spheres and transitions between worlds. By generally reducing his colour scheme to strict explorations of red, Schelde puts emphasis on the drawing as a medium.

 

Alongside some of the most celebrated Danish artists of the last decades (Erik A. Frandsen, Tal R, John Kørner, Olafur Eliasson among others), Morten Schelde participated in the decoration of the Palace of Frederik the 8th in 2010. Schelde’s installation in the reception chamber of the palace is a dreamlike portrayal of the engine room of The Ram – a ship that both he and the Crown Prince travelled aboard during the Galathea Expeditions of 2006-7.

 

In addition to many high-profiled group shows, Morten Schelde has had numerous solo exhibitions both in Denmark and abroad.  His works are held in museums such as Louisiana, Arken, Statens Museum for Kunst, Vestsjælllands Kunstmuseum, Museum der Bildenden Künste in Leipzig as well as in practically all major private collections in Denmark.

 


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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:52

Erik A. Frandsen

ERIK A. FRANDSEN, Denmark

Erik A. Frandsen (b. 1957, Randers) is a selftaught artist.

Having chosen an unconventional path, dispensing of the traditional academic training, Frandsen takes his inspiration from all areas of life, as well as from art history and the artisans he has encountered through his extensive studies. In the years 1976-1979 he went to Greece to study ceramics, spent time in Carrara, Italy training as a sculptor, and traveled to Paris, France where he worked with graphics.

Erik A. Frandsen’s oeuvre is characterized by a recycling of motives and the application of these to various mediums, with an altogether different expression as the end result in order to illuminate that, which is not visible at first glance.

A frequent motif by Erik A. Frandsen is the flower composition, although they are not flower motifs in the traditional sense, but rather images of interiors in which the flowers are centrally placed. Frandsen’s flowers of choice are weeds such as thistles and dandelions placed in urine bottles in kitsch vases. In an art historical context the flower motif has sustained as a symbol of beauty, sensuality, life, death, and vanity. Erik A. Frandsen has earlier applied the flower motif as a symbol in his artistic exploration of intimacy, relationships, and home life as the chosen themes of his paintings.

Erik A. Frandsen has exhibited widely abroad as well as in Denmark – e.g. ARoS, New Carlsberg Glyptotek, Arken, Statens Museum for Kunst and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

 

 

 

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