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GROUP SHOW "EN DRENG, DER LEGER HEST PÅ EN SKILDPADDE*" 📷


  • Surdez ApS, Frederiksberg Forhåbningsholms Allé 47C Frederiksberg, 1904 Denmark (map)
“En dreng, der leger hest på en skildpadde*” (Installation view). Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

“En dreng, der leger hest på en skildpadde*” (Installation view). Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Press Release, May 2019

En dreng, der leger hest på en skildpadde*

* A YOUTH PLAYING HORSEY ON A TORTOISE lends its title from a bronze exhibited in 1921
by Danish sculptor, Helen DOHLMANN (1870-1942).

An exhibition spanning more than a decade, respectively;
showcasing practices that spur a baroque sensibility and
exemplify mergings of language/body across haptic and temporal space.


several years ago, whilst on a regular jaunt through local cemeteries, I stumbled
upon a gravesite that whispered a rather lavish depiction of lament;

the sarcophagus stands in modest contrast to the typical understatement and reserve
of most Protestant gravemarkers in Scandinavia …

extending from an encompassing overgrowth of ivy ...
who was this person, this Helen DOHLMANN placed here to rest?…

Google had some answers, though not many …
mention of her life as sculptor, who’d exhibited a work titled ‘Sorg’ (re. sorrow; grief)
in Paris, Munich and Copenhagen at the turn of last century,
allowed me to chance that her tombstone stood also as depiction of her work…

a hurried online search for further examples led to the title of a bronze,
after which this show borrows its own.

A boy playing with horses on a turtle’s back?…
A boy riding cowboy on a turtle?…
What?…
poetic-processing of translation in this foreigner's mind-eye-ear
grappled to construct an image of what her title revealed; I wanted it paired
with her manner of giving form … regardless of the symbolism it manages to bear.
I was unable to find a depiction.

resulting frustration led to some considerations, and in this era of
meta-this and meta-that, can we not have a chat about baroque sensibility?

I see these works heralding an immutable vulnerability; examples that
process time-made-tactile, paying homage to the body-as-instrument passing through.

to quote a sentence from her recent opinion printed in Frieze and
reviewing several publications that might equally be applied to the matter,
Emily Labarge writes, “Predilections are personal”.

therefore, and admittedly in part spurred by a collector recently noting
(with what I can only assume was positive regard);
the minimalist heedfulness of my way …

Surdez ApS is pleased to share this exhibition through August 10th.

… and still, whenever I sign off as such,
I can’t help wondering whether the recipient can also hear it
whispered in their mind’s ear?

xS

“En dreng, der leger hest på en skildpadde*” (Installation view). Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

“En dreng, der leger hest på en skildpadde*” (Installation view). Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Duncan PARÉ “compilation,” 2019. Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Duncan PARÉ “compilation,” 2019. Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Fredrik TYDÉN “Ada Lovelace,” 2017.  Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Fredrik TYDÉN “Ada Lovelace,” 2017.
Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Artists participating:
Kristina BENGTSSON (b. 1979, SE)
Chiara BUGATTI (b. 1991, IT)
Søren ENGSTED (b. 1974, DK)
Daniel LERGON (b. 1978, DE)
Henning LUNDKVIST (b. 1981, SE)
Duncan PARÉ (b. 1974, UK)
Fredrik TYDÉN (b. 1985, DK)

From the private collection:
David HORVITZ / Edward STECK (US / US)
YARISAL & KUBLITZ (CH, DK)

Opening: Thursday June 6, 5-8pm.
Exhibition period: June 6 - August 10, 2019.
Opening hours: Thurs-fri: 2-5.30pm, sat: 1-3pm.

www.surdez.net

“En dreng, der leger hest på en skildpadde*” (Installation view). Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

“En dreng, der leger hest på en skildpadde*” (Installation view). Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Kristina BENGTSSON “Approximeter,” 2015. Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Kristina BENGTSSON “Approximeter,” 2015. Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Henning LUNDKVIST “Tag,” 2015. Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Henning LUNDKVIST “Tag,” 2015. Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

“En dreng, der leger hest på en skildpadde*” (Installation view). Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

“En dreng, der leger hest på en skildpadde*” (Installation view). Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Chiara BUGATTI “A place of fantastic flora,” 2019. Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Chiara BUGATTI “A place of fantastic flora,” 2019. Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Søren ENGSTED “Henning og Kristina,” 2019. Photo: Kevin Malcolm.

Søren ENGSTED “Henning og Kristina,” 2019. Photo: Kevin Malcolm.