1 Oct 2020 -

V1 Gallery congratulates Søren Behncke on the exhibition Behncke – Heerup – Hildebrandt

Opening | Thursday October 1, 2020
Exhibition period | October 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Heerup Museum, Kirkesvinget 1, Rødovre, Denmark

Tracing heritage and artistic strategies, the exhibition is a collaborative venture between Vendsyssel Museum of Art and Heerup Museum, featuring works by the three influential Danish artists Søren Behncke (b. 1967), Henry Heerup (1907–1993), and Kristian Hildebrandt (1924–2011).

From the press release:

“The three artists have, in different ways, addressed contemporary consumer and ‘throw-away’ culture. Hildebrandt combined shattered watches, coins, and nails with nature in the form of amber and tree roots. Heerup was inspired by everyday objects like lamp shades, bike parts, coffee pots, and a gramophone horn, nailing everything together to form three-dimensional structures while Behncke, in particular, is preoccupied with cardboard as an expression of modern consumer mentality: packaging consumer goods like flat screens and shipping them worldwide. Common to the method of the three artists is their choice of material as an integral part of the work and the accumulation of materials. Common to the three artists is an essential predilection for reusable materials, shared methods, and a unique aesthetic of recycling, deliberately breaking down barriers between high and low culture, one-off and mass-produced objects. Furthermore, an integral part of all three artists is the interrelationship of symbols, humour, and gravity. This unique juxtaposition indicates a distinct eye for materiality, for sustainability in art, and an inspiring freedom of artistic method. Another common point of reference is the artists’ work with symbolism; both conventional ones such as the heart and the cross as well as self-invented symbols emerging through repetition. Behncke’s picture series are, in themselves, living proof of how repetition as a method provides a fluid movement from motif to symbol.”

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Søren Behncke
Stone Transport, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
160 x 140 cm