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
Filed under Amir Zainorin, Art, Art stroll, Collage/Clip Art, Copenhagen, Group exhibit, Guest blog, Konsthopp, Photography, Sculptures, Visual Art, Workshop visit
Artist Studio #3 : Daniel Milton (Stockholm)
Thanks to the online community we came in contact with Daniel Milton who through his blog gives an insight into his life working as a full-time artist.
Would never recommend anyone to become an artist but the matter is of course that you make things with your own hands and with the talents you’ve picked up on the way — wake up every morning and create your everyday life, world and happiness. Make your own decisions about assignments, hours, coffee breaks and vacations. Life.
And each weekday, between 09.00 – 16.00, D. Milton goes to his atelier in Stockholm to work on what he’s best at — creating his art. I was lucky enough to be invited into his studio for some snapshots and in the mean time learn more about the artist and his work.
I must say that for me it is absolutely absorbing to be invited into the different studios and meet people who all tell their individual stories — but who share in common the decision of creating their everyday life as an artist.
Check out some of the photographs from our latest studio visit here or follow Miltons blog directly (in swedish) at http://dmilton.blogspot.se/!
Special thanks to Daniel Milton and happy Sunday to everyone!
If you are interested in opening the doors of your studio, please send us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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?
“Och nu kör vi över gränsen mellan Sverige och Norge”, announces’s the SJ trainman. I look out of the window but I really don’t see any difference.
Trees, trees, trees. Here, there and everywhere…
Photograph by Konsthopp
However, when I arrived in Oslo, it was clear that I was no longer in Stockholm. The streets were dirtier, the class division was more obvious and the people seemed to be more open. Suddenly, I felt like the two Nordic capitals belonged to completely different worlds.
But the Konsthopp mission last weekend was surely not to analyse Nordic cities. The schedule was tight and in only three days we attended several art exhibitions, spent a day in Moss (6th Momentum Biennial) and had some interesting chats with couple of artists and curators. “La crème de la crème” was an early morning visit to an artist studio in Grünerløkka, a neighborhood known as one of Oslo’s most trendiest (check out photos here!).
So whether you are hunting for an exciting art scene, a wild night-live or just hanging around in an easy explored and a friendly city — you must try Oslo.
In fact, it felt a little bit like home for us — somewhere between Reykjavik and Copenhagen.