Podcast interview about my art practice – Danish

Category Art, Exhibitions, Personal News

Dansk

Du kan høre en halv times interview med mig om min kunstpraksis her:

 

https://signesylvester.dk/podcast/10

 

Signe Sylvester, som interviewer har kørt et kursus, der hedder, “Gør Kunsten til din Levevej”. Den har jeg deltaget i,  og fået nogle gode tips om, hvordan man forbliver tro overfor sig selv, samtidig med at leve af det, man brænder for. Kan varmt anbefales.

Addiction and the Depris left in its wake – New Project

Category Art, Exhibitions, Personal News

For over a year I’ve been working on paintings dealing with the nature of addiction and what it is like to love someone who is struggling with it. I am still learning about the way in which my life has been affected by this, both positively and negatively. These artworks are therefore a personal journey and an attempt to start a dialogue between myself as a co-dependant, (consumed by the plight of the addict), those with an addiction and anyone else who joins the conversation.

I will post pictures and sketches here in my blog for you to see, in anticipation of exhibitions in the latter stages of 2018.

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This is the first time I am showing the content of this door on-line. More about that in a moment. The door is my exhibition space. It originally was made to stand outside Den Frie/The Independent exibition, because they house KE – a Censored Exhibition – every year that I feel has a counterproductive way of ‘promoting’ up-and-coming artists. It costs between 550.1150kr to enter, with no need for accountability from the panel of judges. I therefore exhibit outside for free every year with the council’s permission and I’m sure that attracts more long-lasting attention than what is happening inside. It is quite entertaining really. Aloong the side of the door frame are the words; Den Friere – The More Independent, because my decision to use public space instead of Den Frie; The Independent, makes me freer!

 

 

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This is from the two week period the door stood outside Den Frie. The painting itself describes the feeling of having a scream inside that you cannot contain. It needs to be released and the only way is for you to rip yourself open to relieve the pressure. This emotion more specifically, came from the realisation that communication with someone dear to me was crumbling to dust and I seemed unable to stop the wrecking ball from swinging. A very painful period.

 

 

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The reason for the mask is that Den Frie’s Censored Exhibition KE give ‘faceless’ rejections; just a red dot on-line. So I thought I’d remain ‘faceless’. The word on the door “Censored” can have several interpretations: 1. That me and my painting are censored by Den Frie in terms of being rejected. 2. My painting being censored due to its naked horror. 3. I as a person feel rejected by another person, and the painting is an expression of that feeling of rejection. This is the main motivation for the word on the door. But the layered meaning is deliberate.

 

 

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With permission from the council, I moved the door to Kongens Nytorv in November 2017 and it has been there since then. It has been visited by hundreds if not thousands of tourists and locals throughout the past 4-5 months.

 

 

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Here is a letter someone wrote to me, thinking I was C. S. Lewis. But C.S Lewis is who I quoted under the painting, not me. It was nontheless very touching and I appreciate the words of comfort that were expressed to me here.

 

 

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I like this message! Teresa has understood that love is worth the risk, but that it is a risk.

 

 

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I like the juxtaposition of the gentleness expressed between this couple and the horror of what it is like when love goes wrong, which they are witnessing.

 

 

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Compared to outside Den Frie in Østerport where it might have had 5 visitors a day, the door is getting masses of attention in Kongens Nytorv. I think it is visited every 5 mins or so and I’ve had about 60 email addresses or messages in my postbox which is attached to the door. Unfortunately I’ve found the box open at times and I think many messages have blown away too :(

 

 

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As I say, this is the first time I am posting pictures of the content of the door, but it is almost certainly not the first time it has been shown on-line by others. You see friends being photographed as they open the door. I like the intimacy that having a painting behind a door which you have to open yourself creates.

 

 

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Then, in february someone took a knife to my painting and cut it out of its stretcher! Sabotage! the wires to the lightbulbs were also cut. BUT, when you meet resistance and have a creative streak, you don’t give up or bow out.

 

 

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The sabotuer did not take the canvas with them, so I decided to try sewing it back in. I pasted contact glue around the seam on the back to stop the seam from running as soon as I started to sew.

 

 

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I used a strong thread to pull the canvas seam tight once the glue was dry. It was impressively effective considering the amount of tension needed to close all of the seams. I deliberately used a red thread and a varied stitch to create what could look like a sewn together flesh wound.

 

 

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Back to the content: The painting is called “To Love” and deals with the vulnerability of love. Love is the strongest emotion and can lead to the deepest pain. The quote is by C.S. Lewis and says it like it is; love makes vulnerable. If you don’t want to be vulnerable, then don’t let your heart love anyone or anything. He is not saying, don’t love, he’s just explaining the natural cost.

 

 

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So here is the new improved version of what I presented originally, now with life-experience similar to the theme of the motif itself. Thanks to the saboteur. I couldn’t have done it without you! Maybe there is a story here about scars in life making us somehow more beautiful, if we are willing to take them and work with them.

 

Sange til Pårørende/Songs for hearts next of kin

Category Art

I partake in an event  called “Songs for hearts next of kin”. My good friend; singer/songwriter Lærke Corfix has written songs that are especially relevant for those who are close to, or have been close to someone facing such large challenges, that their closest kin are buckling under. I will be showing one of my paintings – the one that was sabotaged and is mentioned in the post below.

 

 

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I will also be reading a poem that expresses how it feels to be that next of kin.

The event takes place in Copenhagen, Købmagergade 52A

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Tuesday 6th Feb

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See link below for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/170505550382302/

Den Friere udenfor Charlottenborg kunstgalleri, og Det Kongelige Teater

Category Art, Exhibitions

Siden slutningen af nov 2017 har Den Friere dør stået på Kongens Nytorv 3-5. Værket havde overstået voldsomt stormvejr foran Den Frie på Østerbro, men med sit nye beliggenhed og med den forkerte vinkel kom et vidstød mod værket, der væltede det, og knækkede dørkarmen. Jeg foretog reparationen ude på pladsen med PU lim, skruetvinge, varmedunke og plastik betræk for at beskytte reparationen for det fortsat voldsommen vejr. Da jeg så vejrudsigten, kunne jeg se det nødvendige i, at søge ly et stykke tid da jeg også ville forsegle værket bedre. Jeg fandt ly under en port i Snaregade, og med hjælp af en trækvogn fra Charlottenborg kunstskoles skulptur-afdeling, fik jeg transporteret værket i sikkerhed. Det har været en udfordring at være udendørs kunstner i denne kontekst af regn, kulde og blæst, men at opleve, at indenfor 1 1/2 time fik jeg skaffet mig ly til værket, en trækvogn, nogen, der var villig til at hjælpe mig få værket op på trækvognen og nogen til at hjælpe få værket af trækvognen igen, så følte jeg mig beæret af, den godhed jeg mødte. Her er nogle billeder fra Kongen Nytorv og fra reparationen.

 

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Den Friere udstilling foran Den Frie og senere tæt på Charlottenborg Kunstgalleri

Category Art, Exhibitions

Som er blevet tradition for mig, lavede jeg endnu en gang, en udstilling foran Den Frie til Kunstnernes Efterårs Censureret udstilling i slutningen af oktober 2017. Her er nogle billeder fra opbygningsfasen af værket, jeg ville stille udenfor, som en slags modspil til det, der foregår inden på Den Frie. Jeg kalder udstillingen Den Friere, og på døren er der skrevet “Censureret”. Værket indeni døren er en blanding af en maleri, der omhandler det indre skrig, når man føler, at kommunikationen mellem ens selv, og en man elsker nedbrydes, og man er magtesløs, samt en citat af C. S. Lewis, om sårbarheden i kærlighed. De kommer ikke med her, men jeg skrever igen senere, om udviklingen af hvad der er foregået siden værket flyttede til Kongens Nytorv 5, tæt på Charlottenborg kunstgalleri.

 

 

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Preparing the door, installing lights that turn on when the door opens.

 

 

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The spiral that keeps the wires together is made from a hairband I bought from The Flying Tiger.

 

 

 

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Standing outside my artwork/exhibition in a mask of ‘anonimity’.

 

 

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The anonymity relates to the fact the Censored exhibition, KE is apparently judged without their knowledge of the applicants, so I thought I might as well continue being anonymous for those who are not interested in my work.

 

 

 

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Den Friere (The more Free/Independent) Exhibition outside Den Frie (The Free).

 

 

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Inside the exhibition. Some good works, but an outrageous amount of empty walls.

 

 

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A sneak peek at the artwork with one of my viewers.

Article in Amagerbladet about my Revolution painting

Category Art, Exhibitions, Political Art

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This article relates to my painting about the USA presidential election with The Wall Street Bull placed symbolically in the centre. Bernie Sanders is trying to bring the symbol of power and wealth under control, while Trump is kissing it with fire protruding from his pants – a reference to his many lies. The painting can be seen in Christiania’s art gallery – Gallopperiet until the 26th March when all artworks are to be taken down.

Editorial mistake; the author of the article has been accredited as the artist by the editor, but the author has accredited me with the art in the article. A bit confusing but perhaps this increases curiosity 😉

 

 

Here is an overview of many of the people connected to the Revolution movement. See names on link below.

 

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Link to names:

Supporters of Bernie

 

 

Kunstkursus på Bellahøjvej 121 – Værkstedet Bella

Category Art, Exhibitions

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Den Friere/The More Independent opens!

Category Art, Exhibitions, Political Art

Welcome to Den Friere/The ‘more’ Independent!

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Since my Otto Frello portrait was rejected by Den Frie/The Independent, I’ve started creating my own Happenings outside.

First I stood in the central reservation and painted a ‘letter’. (Read about it under the title In the Red Corner/I det Røde Hjørne)

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The following year I brought a big board and made a protest where I quoted people who criticised the exhibition for being lacklustre.

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This year I opened Den Friere, which both means The Freer or More Independent because I really think there is something awry

with the snobbery of the elite art world.

 

Here is a sign showing the way to Den Friere/The more Independent exhibition. One thing that makes it very free is that I sought

permission from the council – which is free – and they don’t censor the content :)

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Two folks I know from Christiania’s Uncensored February exhibition came along and joined in my exhibition opening. I felt it was

appropriate with a rebel fist for the occasion 😉

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To the right is my friend and accomplice, who helped me set up the outdoor exhibition.

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Meagre beginnings, but definitely not meaningless. Due to the weather and difficulty transporting the original painting, I had to make

do with a frame high quality copy. The original is a good bit larger.

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At the end of the evening, one of the artists I had met last year turned up for some mulled wine. Between last year and this year, I

invited him to take part in an exhibition called The Missing Dialogue, which ran in Gallopperiet, Christiania in July ’16.

To the right of me there is a postbox people could put their contact details in if they wanted to hear more.

Interestingly enough, I got a lot of positive response for the Happening this year. More so than last year. As has been the case every year,

I  got a visit from some of the ‘insiders’ but they were friendly and listened to what I had to say. Maybe they even agreed…

Roll on next year for the next ‘exhibition’/happening :)

I’m free!

 

Candidate Commentary on Cards

Category Art, Political Art

You may find these drawing interesting. The Trump and Sanders pictures are postcard size and are in a postcard exhibition somewhere in Hungary as far as I know.

 

Revolution Ripples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illegal Anatomical Migration

 

This Hillary Clinton image came to me as I was listening to the news. I dropped what I was doing an made this picture. It is half photoshop and half drawing. I hope you like it. And I hope Bernie and not the other two will still somehow make it to the White House. We will see.

 

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The Revolution painting video

Category Political Art

Dear everyone,

I made a short movie about my Revolution painting. If you’d like to see it, click on this link and it should take you there.

The painting is currently with me in the US and I may well start making prints of it, so let me know if you would be interested in one by responding to this message below.