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"Alexander Tovborg: I Tell You Weird Tales"
2006-08-10 until 2006-09-09
Bendixen Contemporary Art
Valby, , DK Denmark

bendixen contemporary art is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Danish artist Alexander Tovborg.  Tovborg will present both works on paper and wood panel along with sculptures using a variety of media.  In a kind of twisted Baroque melancholy the works play on an array of iconic figures, moments and themes – for example priests, monks, natural disasters, Judgment Day and even Pinocchio – while giving them a distance, or a space for reflection.  The deeply personal elements evoked, such as fear, religious fervor, death and otherworldly spirituality are, through this distance and his use of peculiar materials, made collectively palpable.  Tovborg presents to the viewer an epic puzzle, one with a meaning that demands to be discovered.

Our perception is obscured by one or more of his many obstacles, be it industrial tape or a mass of silicone, and yet the obstruction is in the end just a piece of the puzzle, a fragment of the whole.  Currently at the Danish Royal Academy of Art, Tovborg’s work was recently shown at Marienlyst Slot in Helsingør and at Hundige’s Portalen in the exhibition “Ordsprog”, which he co-curated with Morten Ernlund Jørgensen.

Tovborg has chosen Danish artists Morten Schelde and Ferdinand Ahm Krag to exhibit their work in the first room of the gallery. Morten Schelde will present a series of works on paper based on the novel “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.  In an inspired merger of fiction and reality, Schelde incorporates his own narratives into the “Treasure Island” framework, altering colors and reinventing scenes to create a new, disquietingly unfamiliar, setting. A graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Schelde has recently had solo exhibitions at Museum der Bildenen Künste in Leipzig and Copenhagen’s Galleri Susanne Ottesen as well as group exhibitions in Berlin, New York, Newcastle, England and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.

Ferdinand Ahm Krag’s pensive and compulsive paper works have an architectural, almost geometric flair.  The works, however, hint at a deeper narrative, a merger of Op-Art and a psychedelic journey in science fiction that offer up a myriad of possibilities for transcendence and collective consciousness.  A 2006 graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Krag’s work was recently seen in EXIT 06 at Kunstforeningen Gl Strand and in a group exhibition at Galerie Mikael Andersen.

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