5 Aug 2019 -

V1 Gallery is pleased to present
Variations in Blue
Solo exhibition by Thomas Øvlisen
Øvlisen’s seventh exhibition with V1 Gallery / Eighteen takes it departure in several interwoven ideas and elements. A series of large oil paintings of seagulls in flight, painted on repurposed ping pong tables, basketball backboards, bamboo plywood and canvas; materials that Øvlisen had in the backyard of his studio or sourced from Den Blå Avis – Denmark’s largest listings marketplace for buying and selling used goods. The first work materialized on a ping pong table intended as a birthday present for Øvlisen’s son. The table was broken on delivery and a new table was promptly delivered to replace it. Øvlisen expected the company to take the broken table back and fix it, but it had apparently lost its commercial value and was left behind in his backyard. This act of excess, the symbolic shape, grid and colour of the table intrigued and provoked the artist to engage it as a vessel for art. Painting into his own memories and concerns. Danish maritime art history is our cultural terroir. Ocean surrounds us.
A new book, Techno Fossil Tumbleweeds, revolving around Øvlisen’s practice will be published by At Last Books in August, 2019 and made available in-gallery and the V1 Gallery Online Store.

Opening concurrently at Eighteen: Linus Bill + Adrien Horni

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Thomas Øvlisen 
Variations in Blue, 2019 
Oil on ping pong table
137 x 305 cm