we are the ones vol. 1

Carlsberg Byen & CGK Galleri & Kunstsalon
Pasteursvej 3, 1799 Kopenhagen

08. September. 2017 17:00


22. September. 2017

Participating artists:
Matteo Cordero, Louis Granet, Idir Davaine, Oliver Epp, Sophie Von Hellermann, Jack Penny, Daniel Davies, Nicolas Danilo, Thom Trojanowski, Stevie Dix, Yulia Losilzon, Grant Foster, Emma Cousin, Micheil ten Bokum, Ed Givis, Fabrizio Biviano, Justin Williams, Spencer Shakespeare, Jenny Lundgren, Catherine Haggarty, Sam Bassett, Jonathan Edelhuber, AJ Katz, Robert Nava, Nathan Ritterpusch, Jordan Kerwick, Morten Schelde, Anne Torpe, Dan Schein, Rasmus Styrmer, Daniel Jensen, Mikkel Rundin, Galina Munroe, Magnus Frederik Clausen, Finn Richardt, Mathias Lehmann, Frederik Næblerød, Michael - Bolt Fischer, Tue Lindskow, Benjamin Savi, Magnus Hvidfeldt Andersen, Coline Marotta, Toke Lorentzen, Melou Vanggaard, Morten Schrøder, Agnete Bertram, Jeppe Kruse, Birgitte Støvring, Philip Hinge, Simon Ganshorn, Henrik Godsk - Holger Højbjerg, Rasmus Høj Mygind, Fabian Treiber, Sif Norskov, Martin Lukac, Karolina Ptaszkowska, Anton Møller Munar, Francisco moreira, Niels Reumert, Ben Risk, Kevin Perkins, Rae Hicks, Mie Olise Kjærgaard, Kim Dorland, Emilie Stark Menneg, Nicholas Irzyk, Daniel M Thurau, Shai Yehezkelli, Gordon Dalton, Andrew Salgado, Philip Gerald, Timur Lukas, Carsten Fock, Nicolò Baraggioli, Oskar Nilsson, Carsten von wurden/Søren Ankarfelt, Audun Alvestad, Jenny Brosinski, Mads Lindberg, Arthur Lanyon, Jessica Slater, Jørgen Teik Hansen, Lea Carla Diestelhorst, Andreas Schlaegel, Manfred Peckl, Erling Vitor, Chris Wilder, Neel Waters Bernegger, Sonja Strange, Eleanor Louise Butt, Shaun Ellison, Benjamin Murphy, Lydia Ericsson Warn, Jon Stahn, Vincente Matte, Fernão Cruz, Rui Gueifão, Diogo Guerra Pinto, Laurentius Sauer, Jim Mccullough, Horácio Frutuoso, Marco Pariani, Hedley Roberts, Silvia Argiolas, João Gabriel, Camilla Thorup, Arthur Chambry, Pierre Martel, Jean Baptiste Lagadec, Carlo Alberto Rastelli, Giuliano Sale, Mateusz Zarsyński, Shila Khatami, Teo Doruk, Bettina Hutchek, Sami Korkiakoski, Anette Højlund, Line Busch, Tuukka Tammisaari, Anders Brinch - David Dellagi, Max Frintrop, Laurie Vincent, Nick Herd, James Concannon, Sally Santana, Marcus Boelen, Johanne Lykke Poulsen, Ted Gahl, Svend Danielsen, René Holm
Galina Munroe, Simon Ganshorn, Jordan Kerwick
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This is in every way a celebration of painting. If ever it was gone or forgotten, it’s now back. The keyword in the exhibition is diversity. The gallery spaces of Carlsberg Byens Galleri & Kunstsalon (Carlsberg City Gallery & art salon) constitutes the focal point of an impressive number of artist from different countries.
There is no battle to be won. No winner to be announced. No hierarchy to establish or re-establish. Let us instead focus on the possibilities of cross-pollination. This is an exhibition of both/and. Not an exhibition of either/or. The exhibition puts together a large number of artists, each working with painting in their own distinct manner.

Let us start by stating; abstraction is always somehow related to figuration. Visual information (in its broadest sense) is automatically and actively being processed. Which means that the things we look at – in this case paintings – are perceived through certain schemata. The marks, traces and signs in an abstract painting will undoubtedly establish a connection to previous experiences of similar marks, traces and signs. A clean and innocent modus of experience is an illusion, or at least out of sight. Things we have not seen before, or do not know how to categorise, are perceived through the prisms of things we already know and are familiar with. And that brings us back to the opening conclusion. Abstraction is somehow always related to figuration. This is not a matter of devaluing abstract painting. On the contrary, it is simply a matter of dismantling a pointless feud between abstraction and figuration. The two concepts are entangled. At least that is the argument being put forward here.

Along this line of thinking, it seems reasonable to suggest that figuration is of course also deeply related to abstraction. It is simply a matter of perspective. Move close to a figurative painting and its physical qualities become visible. Figuration will dissolve into lines, colours, shapes and the texture of the surface painted upon. Abstraction is embedded in figuration. In that sense painting is everything but static. It is a machine of transformation, bouncing back and forth between abstraction and figuration. Always in flux, never constant.

Written by: Jeppe Lentz