Concerning the Grid    Concerning the Grid  investigates new interpretations of a classic type within the twentieth century's visual arts, the modernist grid structure.  Participating artists:   Marianne Therese Grønnow    Dorte Jelstrup    Maria Wæhrens    Peter Brandt    Bodil Nielsen    Marianne Therese Grønnow  creates large paintings that connect to the sublime and the metaphysical on the basis of impressions of nature rendered as other-worldly imaginative constructions of grid structures.   Dorte Jelstrup  provides an explicit feminine interpretation of the modernist grid in paintings and montages, where the grid structures are made of satin ribbons and as such converted into a materiality of sensation that semantically connotes femininity and mental states of longing and desire.  In paintings and drawings by  Maria Wæhrens , we encounter the grid as a marker of enclosed spaces in a basically queer-marked investigation of gender, power, hierarchy and the patterns that arise and are passed on in the family and in society at large.  In textile works by  Peter Brandt  the grid structures are reconsidered and interpreted as principles of construction in the unfolding of transformative narratives dealing with gender, violence and (bodily) traumatic experiences.  In her work,  Bodil Nielsen  has the colour as a central point of departure; Nielsen creates paintings that, with the grid structure as the underlying organizational principle, aim to explore perception, the relationship between the viewer and the work, and the aesthetic experience; the result is a poetic choreography of colour based on the grid.  For more information about the participating artists, please see Artists on this site.  For inquiries please contact: contact@opalspaces.com
       
     
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  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 Artists on this site.