On-going: 30th of June – 2nd of September 2012, Toves Galleri (Copenhagen)
Un_Curate_Able is an exhibition project in three parts, organized, curated and produced by the artists at Tove’s Gallery. The project unfolds over the summer of 2012 in the following stages:
1. An uncurated group exhibition in Tove’s own premises, which examines and presents the current interests of Tove’s artists.
2. A re-curating of the exhibition in Fatforms space, an artist and curator-collective in Amsterdam. In this exhibition, Tove’s artists mix the roles of artist and curator, and thus renegotiate the initial positions of the first exhibition.
3. And finally, a contribution to the art fair during Copenhagen Art Festival, in which the three stages of Un_Curate_Able are documented in a live editing and production process, that results in a publication presented on a finissage at Tove’s Gallery.
Photographs and text by Amir Zainorin
Artists: Christian Jeppsson (SE), Hannah Heilmann (DK), Simon Damkjær (DK), Pind (DK), Jacob Jessen (DK), Honza Hoeck (DK), Uffe Holm (DK), Sandra Vaka Olsen (NO), Rasmus Høj Mygind (DK)
Date: 30th of June – 2nd of September 2012
Place: Toves Galleri, Vesterbrogade 97, Copenhagen
Vernissage: 22nd of June 2012, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art (Copenhagen)
Every summer, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art invites artists to curate an exhibition with a focus on the latest tendencies in contemporary art. This year the art group A Kassen, curates the show and present their own view of interesting art right now, inviting 12 Danish and International artists to take part in the exhibition. The title of the show, Life Clock, is taken from one of the works by French artist Bertrand Planes. The piece consist of a clock that does not record time as normally — in hours and minutes — but instead counts years and age approximated from the average lifespan of a Frenchman. The clock is adjusted so that it’s 54.800 times slower than a normal clock and keeps time with the artists’ actual age. With this simple gesture, Bertrand Planes changes our perception of time from anonymous, collective and perhaps meaningless — to an image of personal vanity and a reminder of the transience of life.
One of Konsthopp’s good friend in Copenhagen, Amir Zainorin, was present at the opening night and took some shots. Enjoy!
Photographs by Amir Zainorin
Date: 23rd of June – 12th of August 2012
Artists: Honey Biba Beckerlee (DK), Julius Von Bismarck (DE) and Julian Charriere (FR/CH), Torben Christensen (DK), Cyprien Gaillard (FR), Robin Gommel (DE), Anna Molska (PL), Simon Dybbroe Møller (DK), Bertrand Planes (FR), Att Poomtangon (TH), Wilfredo Prieto (CU), Troels Sandegaard and Ebbe Stub Wittrup (DK), From The Confected Video Archive of Kling & Bang Gallerí: Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Loji Höskuldsson and Úlfur Grönvold (IS).
Curator: A Kassen art group
Place: Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Oslo Plats 1, Copenhagen
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Net stroll: 4th of April 2012, Hvass & Hannibal (Denmark)
Hvass & Hannibal is a Copenhagen based multi-disciplinary arts and design studio founded in 2006 by Nan Na Hvass and Sofie Hannibal. Their work is highly imaginative as it creates alternate environments featuring multitudes of patterns paired with geometric shapes, colorful forms and enchanting creatures.
In 2010, the design duo were invited to visit LAFA, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts — one of the top art academies in China. These colorful and resourceful work are the result of their one-week workshop with 80 undergraduate students from the school.
Photographs are taken from Hvass & Hannibal website
The dynamic duo designed an event — based on the concept of the meal. Or as they have described:
” … Considering the cultural diversity in table setting and culinary traditions, we felt that the meal as a theme could serve as a huge resource of visual inspiration: Anywhere in the world, visual presentation of food is an important part of serving a meal – both with regards to the food itself but also to the decoration of the table. We asked the students to let go of convention and imagine what a meal can be. So the assignment was to create a plate of food made out of only paper. The result was a huge paper dinner feast at a table with seats for all 80. A banquet meant to mimic the symbolic meals we know from milestones in life and in history …”
Read the full description here!
Although their roots are in illustration, Hvass & Hannibal does not only creates illustrations and graphics. They absorb in assorted mediums; ranging from three-dimensional work, interior and set design — to intricate artworks made up of varied materials.
I encourage all of you to dig deeper into the hidden secret world of these creative souls!
Highlights of the year
The first year of Konsthopp has been challenging, exciting and certainly eventful. Over the last couple of months we have visit over two hundred art exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and U.K. These exhibitions have been in three descriptive words; wicked, weird and wild. The list below, our highlights of the passing year, includes the three w — and everything in between.
We are already turning our eyes to 2012 and looking forward to it.
Dear readers, thank you for your trusty support and happy new year!
/Írena & Ingunn
(Elin Eng; Galleri KG52)
(Lindalovisa Fernqvist; Meeting ROOM)
(Leif Holmstrand; CHRYSTAL)
(Christian Sandell; ID:I galleri)
(Gatëan Rusquet; ANTI Festival)
(Meghann Snow; Young Art)
(Johnny Boy Eriksson; Wetterling gallery)
(Pure Evil; The Scarlett Gallery)
(Ad de Jong; Gallery 1857)
(Jenny Grönvall; Studio 44)
Photographs by Konsthopp
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Artist talk: Kristine Tillge Lund (Denmark)
“Until now it has been my masters degree in London. It started an important intellectual path that I am still exploring,” says the Danish ceramist; Kristine Tillge Lund about her most memorable moment as an artist.
Nordic ceramists are widely recognized but have unfortunately become rarities in Danish galleries lately. We were lucky enough to visit an atelier of artists and ceramists, including Kristine Tillge Lund on our impressive trip to Copenhagen last September. She kindly introduced us to Mayhem, an art community based in east Nørrebro. If you want to meet Mayhem and get closer to the Danish grass root, please check out our second workshop visit.
And to be honest I have to admit that I somehow always connect something sexy to ceramics. D0 you remember the scene in Ghost, starring Demi Moore and the departed Patrick Swayze?
Learn more about Kristine Tillge Lund and ceramic in our latest artist talk here!
An installation by Kristine Tillge Lund
Photograph by Konsthopp
Alt_cph11 encounters: 16th – 18th of September 2011 (Copenhagen)
This time we’re located at Istedgade — a street mostly associated with cheap hotels, drugs and porn — where we’re about to see our very first Peep Show.
It’s sticky, moist, secret and dark — but indeed no ordinary Peep Show.
Christin Johansson established Window 107 in 2004, a gallery window on Istedgade that exhibits objects and projects by all kind of ceramists. Her initiate with the small-scale but wide-open gallery was to attract a wider audience and give random passersby the opportunity to experience new, contemporary ceramic arts. In addition, the project behind Window 107 takes an aim at getting rid of the old stereotypes of ceramics being bland, brown and boring.
At alt_cph11 encounters, these stereotypes were certainly proved wrong, as the gallery exhibited Denmark’s very first Clay Peep Show. A show that was in fact bold, brilliant and by all means amusing!
Presenting some of Denmark’s most prominent —but often shy— ceramists, the audience was given the opportunity to get a live insight into the “…otherwise secret, sticky, brown and moist universe of ceramics”. By drawing or writing down personal perception of the art form, the viewer could directly influence the characters and creative process of this spectacular show. Trough the small holes of the peep box, the audience was thereafter able to spy on each artist and closely observe the creation process — in an interesting combination with a discoball, music and some dancing!
Photographs by Konsthopp
Nordic ceramists are widely recognized but have unfortunately become rarities in Danish galleries. On our trip to Copenhagen we were lucky enough to visit an atelier of artists, ranging from sound artists and photographers, to of course — ceramists.
To see our latest workshop visit, click here
The show must go on!
Our favorite street in Copenhagen
We were regular guests at Jægersborggade on our recent trip to Copenhagen. The street has a reputation of being the city’s second largest market for cannabis after Christiania, where drug dealers visibly operate around the clock. However, our purpose there was not to buy cannabis or any other drugs but to satisfy another addiction — with a cup of a quality coffee.
In fact, the street ended up being highly appreciated as a starting point for most of our daily actions.
It´s all in the coffee!
The Street find its Way
To tell you a little bit more about the street we have to revert to the year of 2009. Back then, several shops at Jægersborggade were shut down as a result of the global financial crisis. The drug trade on the street was blooming, controlled faithfully by Hells Angels and their affiliates in the AK81 gang. One night, when 33 gunshots were fired in the street between rival dealers, two architects, Saskia Mia Peinow and Lise Bjerre Schmidt, sat down and developed the project; The street find its way. The team grabbed the opportunity and decided to transform vacant shop windows and unrented basements into temporary exhibition spaces for art and architecture. Over a period of almost two years, more than 60 artists contributed to the project and turned the chaotic and empty image of the street into a blooming cultural venue.
So as you’ve hopefully realized by now, Jægersborggade has more to offer than good coffee. But if you need to satisfy your coffee addiction, we can easily recommend Lyst and Retro. Additionally, the street has many interesting specialty stores, filled with design/vintage clothing and objects, spots for gourmets like Ro Chocolate and of course art galleries — not to mention its trendy residents and colorful characters.
If you are on your way to Copenhagen don´t let this historical street pass by!
Sunday flea market on Jægersborggade
Photographs by Konsthopp
Prepare yourself for an adventure.
Our destination is Copenhagen. Wonderful Copenhagen, the former capital city of Iceland and home to some of my best friends.
Typical afternoon on Nørrebro
When I lived in Copenhagen, couple of years ago, most people wouldn´t dare to go to Nørrebro (except for buying cheap alcohol or avocados!). Today on the other hand, the buzzling neighbourhood is one of the trendiest district in the city. Still rough, it’s incredibly charming with a combination of stylish shops, people and cafés vs. bums, gangs and drug dealers.
Konsthopp — like always — was cultural-minded in Copenhagen. We danced our ass off at FM Belfast´s concert, absorbed exceptional ideas at alt_cph11, and were exposed to an art community based in east Nørrebro.
Despite all of these doings, Jægersborggade was probably the greatest discovery of our trip. In fact, we see ourselves driven to write a blog entry specially dedicated to the street.
Photographs by Konsthopp
And back to the overwhelmingly happy Danes. According to some international surveys that are published every couple of years, Denmark is one of the happiest nations on earth.
In other words, with some of the best quality of life, famously good food, Cristania and Carlsberg (probably the best b**r in the world!) — honestly — who wouldn’t be happy?
Nordic art fair: 16th – 18th of September 2011, Forum (Copenhagen)
Ólafur Elíasson – Andersens Contemporary (DK)
A total of 81 Nordic galleries gathered together last weekend in Forum — a huge event-building — where The Nordic Art Fair, Art Copenhagen was held for the 15th time. Like in recent years, the Danish art scene was in the foreground, represented with 52 art galleries while 29 of the exhibitors came from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faeroe Islands.
A number of galleries were on board for the first time; Lautom Contemporary (Oslo), Björkholmen Gallery (Stockholm) and Andersen’s Contemporary gallery (Copenhagen) were all newcomers to the Nordic art fair. Regulars included Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm), Elastic (Malmö), Galeria Anhava (Helsinki) and I8 (Reykjavík). The fair also passed a milestone, as art collectors from all around the world participated in a special organized VIP program. The fair is owned by Forum Copenhagen, which together with a fair committee is responsible for artistic management as well as selecting all of the participating galleries.
Konsthopp was in Copenhagen over the weekend, so of course we couldn’t miss the chance to check it out. It was our first time there, and believe me when I say that it was HUGE.
Assa Kauppi – Andersson Sandström (SE)
Thordis Adalsteinsdottir – Galleri Specta (DK)
Smike Käszner – Gallery Poulsen (DK)
Andreas Golder – Galleri Larm (DK)
Maria Rubinke – Hans Alf Gallery (DK)
Bojan Radojcic – Galerie Pi (DK)
Yoko Ono – Wanås (SE)
Photographs by Konsthopp
These photographs hopefully give a little glimpse of what we saw at Art Copenhagen but are just a tiny piece of our whole “art experience” in the city. So stay tuned, there is more to come!
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