Opal Spaces: We are proud to present our first online exhibition A Bodily Turn, August 31 - September 2, 2018. / by Opal Spaces

Opal Spaces is proud to present our first online exhibition A Bodily Turn, August 31 - September 2, 2018. During these mentioned days, Copenhagen, Denmark, turns into the leading and most vibrant center for contemporary art in Scandinavia; two prominent art fairs are held in Copenhagen, Denmark, during these days, namely CHART Art Fair and Code Art Fair. We strongly recommend anyone to visit these two art fairs. 

At the same time, Opal Spaces will offer collectors a selection of works created by some of Denmark's best artists working within the field of contemporary art. And with this purpose in mind Opal Spaces has curated A Bodily Turn. 

Works from A Bodily Turn are available to collectors around the world exclusively online; for full details and informational texts regarding the show and the biography of the participating artists, please see "Viewing Room" and "Artists" on our website: opalspaces.com

For inquiries please contact: contact@opalspaces.com

A Bodily Turn

The exhibition A Bodily Turn presents works that concern or are of the body. The bodily gesture of the painting, the bodily movement that puts its imprint on the object, the body as a point of trauma and pain, the body as the subject of sensation and perception, the body as the pole that desire, dreams and memories derive from, the body as the body of the viewer encountering a choreography of colours moving in space, the body as the entity that unfolds in performative agency - all these bodies are focused in the show A Bodily Turn.

Participating artists:

Peter Brandt

Marianne Therese Grønnow

Molly Haslund

Dorte Jelstrup

Bodil Nielsen

Julie Sass

Maria Wæhrens

For a number of years Peter Brandt has thematized the various appearances of trauma and masculinity related to the body. The wounded body is Brand's most vital thematic material, which he unfolds in both performative photographs, video works and textiles.

In numerous installations Marianne Therese Grønnow has invited the viewer to with her/his own body to sense the work of art as a material, aesthetic and metaphysical entity. In immersive installations the viewer has been invited to join as a participating co-creator of an aesthetic experience, where the viewer's body is a marker of scale. In Grønnows paintings, which have sensations of nature as their starting point, nature is given as the horizon that optically unfolds itself for the body in an excess that connects to the metaphysical.

Molly Haslund's works have the performative body as their focal point. Haslund investigates in her works how ideas and identities are transformed through bodily movements and gestures. In her performative works, Haslund integrates biographical elements, just as her works are flooded with a choreographic impulse.

Dorte Jelstrup thematizes the feminine bodily subjectivity and the states of consciousness, of longing, desire and memory that derive from this basic position. Jelstrup's sensualist-oriented work disseminates subjective bodily experiences in both satin ribbon paintings, performative and choreographically-embossed photographs, drawings and installations.

Bodil Nielsen's painting establishes a floating and dynamic field and, together with the viewer's experience of the image, creates a choreography of colour. Nielsen's work is to perceive as volatile proposals in relation to the relationship between the viewer, her/his body, the sensation and the work of art.

Julie Sass unfolds the bodily gesture as a generative method in paintings and textile work. The materialistically-oriented abstract works are for the viewer to experience as dissections of dynamic relationships between forms and gestural movements.

Maria Wæhrens focuses the body as a point for queer thinking and probations of power structures, hierarchies and normative patterns that are inherited and passed on in the family and in society as a whole. Wæhrens shows a physical, bodily approach to painting as a medium characterized by great expressionism, and in Wæhrens' figurative paintings the image is distinguished by an automated and brutal brushing.

For more information about the participating artists, please see Opal Spaces, opalspaces.com.

For inquiries please contact: contact@opalspaces.com