press release

Martin Asbæk Projects is pleased to invite you to the opening of two solo shows by Danish artist Cathrine Raben Davidsen and German artist Berta Fischer.

Berta Fischer (b. 1973) presents her work for the first time in Scandinavia. Fischer's remarkably light sculptures are abstract and reductive in a poetic sense of the word. Her work appears to be the sum of material and form. Fischer uses synthetic materials like PVC and acrylic glass. Still her compositions seem natural in their own unconventional way.

One gets the impression of a straightforward presence when looking at Fischer's sculptures. Her work has a transparent character. The colours she uses are fluorescent yellow, blue, red, green, orange and seem to lighten up the space simply by their own means.

The paintings and drawings of Cathrine Raben Davidsen(b. 1972) reference a variety of diverse influences. Images taken from a magazine, a portrait by the Florentine master Botticelli, a verse from a Latin text, or an actual life experience are all fair game as motifs for her work.

Formal components include the use of fashion layout and design, which often converge with thematic figurative elements that appear to be from both the real world as well as from aspects of western history.

Raben Davidsen mixes the classics with elements of modern style, which is demonstrated in her choice of colour and material. Her work is a result of a translation process where classics are being interpreted all over again. She thus seeks to overcome the historical distance and renew the contents of classic painting and literature.

Cathrine Raben Davidsen's work presents mythological themes in the present tense; her work does not start out in the past but rather uses the past as a means to speak more directly about the present.


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Berta Fischer
bis 25.02.06

Cathrine Raben Davidsen: PENELOPES WEB
bis 06.02.06