artists & participants
Nils Stærk Contemporary Art has pleasure in presenting a group exhibition of Danish and international artists with a focus on the material and medium paper and its diverse uses and expressions. The exhibition To Be Continued... focus on the relationship between a medium and its communication. It sets out by the formal characteristics of the material paper, and address its relationship to the materialization and communication of narratives, presupposing that, both historically and at present, paper is strongly linked to our construction, as well as understanding, of narratives within our culture. The exhibition strives to reach beyond the here and now, focusing on the act of storytelling. As the title implies there is always something before and something after, something within and something beyond... This then, further implies that there is a transference of the expression and the perception of the works on paper; opening up a field that stretches from the real to the imaginary and on its way this movement touches a more romantic notion of the perception of the world around us. The common formal characterization 'works on paper' is conventionally perceived as drawing or drawing related forms of expressions including collage and various forms of lithographic or other printing processes. The exhibition takes this notion in to account, and both includes works that fulfill the preconception of 'works on paper', yet also extend the representation beyond this convention: It includes practices that twist and re-new the way we understand drawing, practices that use the material and medium of paper as a sculptural expression, as well as works that reflect more conceptually on paper and communication and its relationship to text and book printing. The artists participating in this exhibition bring a free hand to the creative approaches to paper and storytelling, offering brief, narrative formats characterized by experimentation with the communicative abilities of the medium paper. The diversity of the artists allows for a real mix of stylistic sequences, of both more conventional and extended understandings of works on paper.
Birgir Andrésson (born 1955) A main theme in Birgir Andrésson's work is the very relationship between language and visual experience. This interconnection between visual and spoken language, and the relationship between vision and thought, often point at a historical reference and meaning, yet they are obviously appropriated and reproductions close to be nothing more than a copy - or a copy of a copy. Birgir Andrésson recently presented in major one-person exhibitions at the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, Germany (2005), Safn/Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (2004), and the National Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland (2000)
Peter Callesen (born 1967) A common theme in Callesen’s works is a reinterpretation of classical fairytales as well as a more general interest in memory connected to childhood. The works often exist between dream and reality and in the gab between the recognizable everyday object and the fragile and spherical condition of the material in which they appear. The white paper cuts / sculptures are inspired by romanticism, exploring the relationship between two and three dimensionality, between image and reality. Peter Callesen recently exhibited solo at do ART gallery, Seoul, Chorea (2005), Emily Tsingou Gallery, London, UK (2004), Galleri Koch und Kesslau, Berlin, Germany (2004) and Esbjerg Museum of Art, Denmark (2001). Group exhibitions include Overgaden - Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2005) and Ewha Art Centre, Seoul, Chorea (2005).
Gardar Eide Einarsson (born 1976) Einarsson’s work address the notion of sub cultures and how to access these environments. They relate to the anti institutional and to the interference of concepts of freedom and the structures and organisations in society. By appropriating issues, customs, and visual expressions of different groups and sub cultures in society, present or historical, Einarsson explores how they are negotiated and how ways are found to escape them and work with different degrees of belonging and non-belonging. Gardar Eide Einarsson recently presented one-person exhibitions at Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles, US, Team Gallery, New York, US, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, France (all 2005), as well as Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2004). Group exhibitions include The 9th International Istanbul Biennial, Turkey, PS1, New York, US (both 2005) and KunstWerke, Berlin, Germany (2004).
Oskar Korsár (born 1977) Korsár started out as a graffiti artist, then trained as a graphic designer rather than within the conventional academic art education. His drawings are true narratives, told in tentative, sketchy hatch marks that express an intensive presence and care for the detail. His drawings make use of a classical form of storytelling, yet has an evasive character and the construction of meaning is thus repositioned several times so that a feeling of insecurity sneaks up on the viewer. Oskar Korsár recently participated in exhibitions at AR/GE Art Museum, Bolzano, Italy (2005), The Leisure Club Mogadishni, Copenhagen, Denmark (2004), Kabusa Konsthall, Sweden (2004), Aldwych Tube Station, London, UK (2004), and Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden (2002).
Henry Krokatsis (born 1965) All of Krokatsis work, though apparently diverse, starts from a similar position, an act of faith in the seemingly bankrupt, turning it in to the inexplicable, pulling us away from logic and rationality and towards the realm of childhood visions and dreams. Combining make-do opportunism with highly-developed craft skill, his works explores images that are familiar, yet sufficiently ambiguous to act as screens for the projection of mutable interpretations. Henry Krokatsis has recently exhibited solo at South London Gallery, London, UK (2004), Union Gallery, London, UK (2003), and Nils Stærk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2001). Group exhibitions include Nordenhake Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2002), Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA (2002), Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA (2002).
JP Munro (born 1975) Munro's work zoom in on history, illustrating selected moments and acting out scenes from mythology and induced with art historical references, in broad terms and with specific citations, yet never risk slipping into a form of pastiche. His subjects range from Napoleonic portraits to battle fields, extending into the realms of fantasy with depictions of mythical scenes and creatures. Influences from the past are cross-fertilised to create improbable hybrids and all that could appear sublime has become somehow threatening, bordering on the degenerate. JP Munro has recently had a solo show at Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (2005), China Art Objects, Los Angeles, USA (2004) and participated in exhibitions at ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (2004), Deitch Projects, New York, USA (2003) and Metro Pictures Gallery, New York, USA (2003).
TO BE CONTINUED...
WORKS ON PAPER
mit Birgir Andresson, Peter Callesen, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Oskar Korsar, Henry Krokatsis, JP Munro