Quite recently a new generation of remarkable artists from Copenhagen has begun to capture the attention of the international art audience. Among the most notable of these are: Kaspar Bonnen, John Kørner, Tal R and Kirstine Roepstorff. Key to the interest in this new work is the sense of materiality and formal structures of the work. All artists explore a diversity of media, defying traditional classifications of ‘painter’ or ‘sculpture’. Though the disparity between their works is quite clear, the artists share in their individual approaches an openness to technique and invention. Indeed, each artist blurs the line of convention, simultaneously exploring painting, sculpture, collage, photography and even performance, establishing a new path for art as a vehicle of communication.
Whilst attending the art academy in Copenhagen in the mid-late 1990s, the four students happened upon an available office space within the grounds of the school; shortly thereafter, they begin exhibiting their work, collectively and individually, in the space. Thus, ‘Kørner’s Office’ was born. After the completion of their studies, ‘Kørner’s Office’ was abandoned and the artists pursued their individual art careers.
In this exhibition, Bonnen, Kørner, Roepstorff and Tal R are invited to exhibit again as a group, but this time, several years into their mature career, they must respond to a new set of parameters. The exhibition will allow the artists to express their work as separately and also respond to the work of peers with whom they share deep ties. Through the diversity of their work, we shall see a keen overview of recent developments in Danish art, as well as give in-depth attention to the work of four individual artists.
Kaspar Bonnen (b. 1968, Copenhagen)
Since completing his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in 1999, Bonnen has created a body of work that explores the traditions of Modernist painting, emphasizing reconfigured compositions, bold
brushstrokes, motifs, and strong colors. He continues to expand his practice through experimentation with sculpture and collage.
John Kørner (b. 1967, Aarhus)
John Kørner’s painterly project is always engaged with the relationship between artist and viewer. And in his motives/installations he strives for an interaction. John uses colors that call for attention. The colours are always put on in thin layers on the surface, looking casual and accidental. John Kørner is the founder of the group of artists called ‘Kørners office’ that also includes Kirstine Roepstorff, Tal R and Kasper Bonnén.
Tal R (b. 1967, Israel; lives and works in Copenhagen)
Tal R takes his themes from everyday life, his inspiration comes from the diversity of the world around him. Like an anthropologist, he collects in plastic bags discarded refuse produced by the consumer culture, which he then incorporates into his work. Included among his oeuvre are painting, sculpture, collage, and fabric works, which have a characteristically childlike quality.
Kirstine Roepstorff (b. 1972, Denmark; lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin)
Kirstine Roepstorff’s practice relies upon collage/ assemblage of found media and material to create juxtapositions that question contemporary social, political, and artistic issues. As noted by writer Cecilie Høgsbro, Roepstorff’s crystalline, refracting, kaleidoscopic images thus make us remember that words, values and concepts constantly tend to merge into their apparent opposites. Where there’s beauty there’s politics, where there’s collectivism there’s individualism and vanity, where there is tension and difference there is also likeness. The border in between oppositions is invisible but a glorious place to be. Roepstorff takes us there.
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