Poetry From The Wilds – a solo exhibition by Kent Iwemyr (V1 Gallery II)
If You Can Read This, You’re In The Wrong Place – a solo exhibition by John Copeland.
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY APRIL 20. 2018. TIME: 17.00 – 21.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: APRIL 21 – MAY 19. 2018
ARTIST TALK AND BOOK SIGNING WITH ROSE EKEN WEDNESDAY MAY 2ND. TIME: 17.00 – 19.00
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION RESISTANCE BY ROSE EKEN:
Tools for resistance and revolution are all created in clay for Rose Eken’s immersive new exhibition Resistance. The fragile nature of the ceramic artefacts corresponds to the often frail structure of rebellion.
Rose Eken’s point of departure for the exhibition is her own past involvement in the activist milieu around the former youth house on Jagtvej 69 in Copenhagen. Many of the objects in the exhibition are created from memories of the legendary house. From the lemons used as an antidote for teargas, to the various foods consumed before and after concerts and demonstrations, flyers, helmets and protest gear. Other ceramic artefacts in Resistance are inspired by Eken’s extensive research into past and current counter cultures around the world, from the Danish BZ movement to Occupy Wall Street.
After research is done, Eken works from memory. Sculpting, burning, glazing, burning objects to recollect her ideas. Sculpting in clay is a messy process filled with human imperfections and as a result Eken’s works are often closer to our idea of an object, than the actual object. Her artworks are imbued with a subtle humanity that instantly connects.
Resistance is not an overtly political exhibition. It is not a sad song for a lost time and revolution. It raises questions concerning our current post truth neoliberal era. The dilemma of gradually accepting status quo and the comfort of lukewarm social media quicksand. It is a poetic reminder, that resistance may be fragile, but never futile. Sometimes it just takes one bolt and a slingshot.
Rose Eken (b. 1976) lives and works in Copenhagen. Eken is currently part of the exhibition No Man is an Island at ARoS Museum, Aarhus, Denmark. She has recently exhibited at MOCA, Tuscon, USA and Transformer Gallery, Washington D.C, USA. A large-scale site specific outdoor installation at Ragnarock Museum, Roskilde, Denmark will be inaugurated this summer. Her work is featured in the new Phaidon book Vitamin C – Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art. A new monograph – Artefacts 2012-2018 – will be published by Book Lab and released in conjunction with the exhibition, with a book signing and artist talk with art critic and writer Maria Kjær Themsen, on Wednesday May 2, 2018.
A catalogue documenting the exhibition and work process will also be available. Resistance is Rose Eken’s fourth exhibition with V1 Gallery.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION POETRY FROM THE WILDS BY KENT IWEMYR:
There is a poetic, eerie and often humorous sentiment in the work of Kent Iwemyr. In his open and sparse compositions the viewer is left lingering on the edge of understanding. The work takes its departure in Iwemyr’s local surroundings in the small Swedish town of Hallstahammer, where he was born in 1944 and still lives and works.
In twelve intimate tableaus, painted with acrylic on canvas, we are introduced to various seemingly mundane scenarios. In Iwemyr’s works there are usually a vast and wild ocean of humanness underneath the surface of normality.
Kent Iwemyr’s painterly style is subliminal minimal. Two dots and two lines is a face filled with expression. His compositions balance on the verge of the naïve in the most positive sense of the term. Figurative gestures that transcends time and trends and taps into a common human consciousness. Iwemyr’s paintings trigger our curiosity and imagination. Poetry From The Wilds.
Kent Iwemyr’s recent exhibitiona include It’s Not That Dammed Easy!, Galerie Claire Fontaine, Luxembourg (2017), The Painting Genius, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Sweden (2016), The Painting Genius, Västerås Konstmuseum, Sweden (2016), Kent Iwemyr, Värmlands Museum, Sweden (2015), and The Painting Genius, Galerie Johen Hempel, Germany (2015). Poetry From The Wilds is Kent Iwemyr’s first solo exhibition with V1 Gallery.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION IF YOU CAN READ THIS, YOU’RE IN THE WRONG PLACE BY JOHN COPELAND:
Large determined brush strokes. Splashes of white and silver paint. Hard lines of bright yellow, applied directly from the tube, slicing the canvas. Figuration rising from and disintegrating into abstraction. Heavy layers of paint obscuring fragments of recognizable shapes. Ruptured surfaces turning into exuberant compositions. Double paintings, mirrored images, conversations stretching from work to work and beyond. Suggesting parallel universes, multiple ways of seeing and understanding. Uncanny situations, group formations, strange gatherings, body doubles, interesting characters in fractured narratives. A surreal party where you would like to meet everybody. Lush environments bursting with colour, so dense, that you need to hack and cut your way into the motif. Classic compositions, still lifes and portraiture, are distorted and reimagined as gestural explosions. The new body of work from John Copeland is intense. It engages and demands.
The group of oil paintings on canvas feel like a response to our current superficial image culture devoid of friction and resistance. These are complex compositions that unfold with focus and time. They are not easily digested or categorised. The works comfortably linger between abstraction and figuration, nonchalantly defying classification. Asking us to look beyond, transcend and open up to the ambiguousness of the real.
Copeland’s work is informed by a long lineage of art, while maintaining a confident independence that enables it to work outside the confines of contemporary art. It speaks to us directly. Simultaneously bold and fragile. A poetic and visceral visual language that connects us.
John Copeland, born 1976, lives and works in New York, USA. A large solo exhibition of Copeland’s work, Your Heaven Looks Just Like My Hell, is currently on display at Newport Street Gallery, London, Britain. The curated exhibition is composed of a selection of Copeland works from Damien Hirst’s Murder Me collection.
A catalogue documenting If You Can Read This, You’re In The Wrong Place and the studio process leading up to the exhibition, will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.