Couleurs du Nord

POSTPONED
The opening will be postponed to a later date to be announced soon.

 

Astrid Kruse Jensen, Rosalina Kruse Serup and Myne Søe-Pedersen all live and work in Copenhagen. Most of the work shown in this exhibition is very recent and is deployed around several different motifs; but it is also witness to an exercise in colour that is unique to each one of these three artists. While the exhibition outlines an approach to photographic creation in Denmark, it also expresses a wide range of feminine sensibilities. It delves into the effects of technique and format as explored by the photographers. Astrid Kruse Jensen establishes an almost romantic climate in which her monochrome subjects are shaped by light and occasionally seem to get lost in the coloured matter. The compositions of Rosalina Kruse Serup translate the pleasure of playing with almost saturated colours and very graphic forms. With Myne Søe-Pedersen, it is the visual invention and diversity of her ideas that programs each of her images. This exhibition thus brings together three very diverse ways of appropriating photography and associating it with colour.

 

Myne Søe-Pedersen was born in 1972 in Copenhagen where she lives and works today. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (1998-2001) followed by the Cooper Union School of Art in New York (2000). She regularly exhibits her work in Denmark, most recently at the Galleri Image, in Aarhus. In 2019, she was part of a group exhibition of contemporary Danish artists at the Odile Ouizeman gallery in Paris. Over the last decade, she has had solo shows in the Netherlands (Van Gelder gallery, Amsterdam) and in Sweden (Galleri Format, Malmö), as well as at the Peter Lav gallery in Copenhagen in 2011. Her works have joined several public and private collections: the Novo Nordisk Kunst Fond and the Lars Schwander Collection in Denmark, the Dennis Hopper Collection in the USA, the Gementemuseet, Kees Van Gelder Collection and the Willem Van Zoetendaal Collections in the Netherlands. Her projects have received support from the Danish Arts Council on several occasions. In 2007 she was awarded a prize organised by the Winterthur Fotomuseum in Switzerland. As a visual artist, Myne Søe-Pedersen is mainly interested in experimental photography. Her work is an ongoing exploration of the relationship between time, space and perception, and draws on inspiration from the history of photography and its photographic processes. Recurrent motifs are mirrors, glass and negatives, as well as print-related objects and techniques. Søe-Pedersen’s projects are serial and repetitive in nature, thereby creating a focus on the details of the singular image at the same time as forming a significant whole.

Three series are exhibited here: “Transient 1”, 2007,

“Transient 2 – Printing Plates”, 2006-2007, and

“Scanned Glass Plates”, 2018.

They are based on copies of major daily newspapers from around the world, offset printing plates and identical glass plates with subtly different colours. Each of the series is based on a specific photographic technique, including the production of an image without a negative (“Scanned Glass Plates”).

 

Rosalina Kruse Serup was born in 1991 in Copenhagen, where she is based today. She attended the Danish School of Media and Journalism earning a baccalaureate in photography, and then the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture, Design and Conservation. Her work has been published on numerous occasions in the Danish press and last year she took part in the annual Young Danish Photography exhibition organised by the Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen. Rosalina Serup’s work deals with the links woven between man, nature and different systems of representation. Her oeuvre often explores the interface between virtual and physical space and reflects on our experience and relationship with our physical environments and surroundings. The artist experiments with different media and techniques. Lately, she has been focused on digital translations of natural objects through well-known genres in photography; the landscape and the still life. Here she examines photography both as a classic tool of representation, but also uses photogrammetry to create 3-dimensional works. Rosalina Kruse Serup investigates and reflects on the role of photography today, while the materiality of images and their tactility mode allows them to be manipulated across a wide range of virtual and spatialised creations. With the exception of one work dating from 2015, all the photographs exhibited here were taken in 2017. Subject matter aside, the unity of the work presented comes from the treatment of colour and the graphic dimension of the compositions.

 

Astrid Kruse Jensen was born in 1975 in Aarhus. Today she lives and works in Copenhagen. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands and at the Glasgow School of Art. Her work was noticed at several competitions and she was awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize in 2014. In 2017, she won the Anne Marie Telmányi Prize for work by women artists and the following year she was awarded a grant from the Niels Wessel Bagge Art Foundation – just a few of her honours. Astrid Kruse Jensen has had solo exhibitions in several countries including France. She also showed at the 2009 Artothèque de Caen, as part of the Festival des Boréales. She has taken part in group shows in Europe, the USA, Canada, Russia and China. Her works have entered several private and public collection, notably the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, USA, the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum as well as the Museet for Fotokunst in Odense, Denmark. Astrid Kruse Jensen’s artistic approach started with exploring the basic technical principals of photography only to then escape and follow a more experimental path. Visual universes that touch on abstraction and memories detached from the real word are the axis around which her works gravitate today. Landscapes and interiors are not really identifiable, even though a connection to reality is perceptible. In the photographic process developed by the artist, in this case using polaroid film, the motifs are made sublime through double exposure, backlighting and slow shutter speeds. The works thus exist between dream and reality – in a metaphysical universe transcending time and space. Her palette of colours which leans to monochrome – an effect not unknown to polaroid – contributes to this intention. The series presented in this exhibition is entitled “Floating” and is part of this aesthetic approach. These works were taken between 2018 and 2019. Astrid Kruse Jensen is

represented by the Martin Asbæk Gallery in Copenhagen.

 

Gabriel Bauret

Exhibition curator