Be it in the imagination, in the studio, or in collaborations, the process of making art (and establishing yourself as a young artist) is a form of crystallization where numerous sources of inspiration, conversations, and objects are introduced and only certain aspects condense in a unique, continuous pattern — a practice. According to German artist Jutta Koether, "When you make art, you’re often asked: 'What’s art doing?' But never what the things are doing that make art." This exhibition brings together three artistic practices that are exceptionally inquisitive, each in its own way, about the things — the materials, the histories, the infrastructures — that inform, stimulate, urge their art to happen.
A relentless sun shines on Tine Adler’s work. Radiant colors and bloated, buffed shapes transport viewers to a poolside scene complete with deckchairs and tropical plants. Drawing on Modernist design history and cinematic dreams of flawless bodies, the pursuit of elegance in a fetishized, eternal presence is compromised by the absurdity of the materials. Foaming and stretching the works emphasize the processual nature of their making. Adler’s installation comically, yet longingly pokes at contemporary escape fantasies of in-body/out-of-time.
Questioning ideas of normality and how it is produced and performed within educational structures, Marija Griniuk calls on a collective beyond-human creativity. Her drawing robots are emblems of an expanded learning choreography spanning from their invention (realized with students of Roskilde University), their daily output of sketches, to workshop customizations. Likewise, school uniforms and a pedagogic manual are cast as vehicles of situated histories and material witnesses in her research. As such, Griniuk considers all elements in the exhibition to be artistic residue — not finalized, stand-alone art.
Asger Dybvad Larsen is having a conversation. Summoning Abstract Expressionists, Minimalists, and other painters before him, Larsen reduces painting to its essential requirements of canvas, pigment, and stretcher bars to create near-monochrome works that reason and debate through repetition. Echoes of paintings are continuously brushed, imprinted with painting trays, cut up, sown together, brushed again until they become Echoes of Painting. Painstakingly stitching up voodoo dolls of art history, Larsen’s practice communicates (with) a living, conceptual lineage.
The graduation exhibition some advances in sedimentation / the things that make art is created in collaboration with Det Jyske Kunstakademi (The Jutland Art Academy).
Curator, Kristine Siegel
Artists: Trine Adler, Marija Griniuk, Asger Dybvad Larsen
Performance: 19 May 7:30pm Double Concert by slifebefore_death (DK/NO) & International Girls (DK)