Jesper Carlsen: Brick & Mortar.

In Events and Exhibitions / January 11, 2017

Tranen presents Danish artist Jesper Carlsen’s solo exhibition Brick & Mortar, the final exhibition in the season programme Creation – Mists of Dawn.

“I lick the silicone joints discretely, hoping that no one sees me,” says Kristoffer Ørum in the exhibition text. “I have to find out if they taste like I imagine they will. The joints taste a bit like Ajax and a bit like dust. Not exactly what I had hoped and I start to doubt if they really are silicone or rather some kind of an acrylic mass, which has this completely different taste, and my daydream of the ruinous future of the building comes to an end.” For his exhibition at Tranen, Jesper Carlsen takes the hyper-designed character of the architectural site as his starting point in his sculptures that take on the dimensions and curves of the space. Brick & Mortar extracts the materiality of the sculptures, reducing them to fragile lines. With virtual renderings, shown at screens along the walls of the exhibition space, he adds a draft for new “skins” to the minimal constructions. In Brick & Mortar the sculptures hit their own Zero Point. Ghostlike and barely visible they presents themselves at Tranen as Carlsen gives formless body to abstract ideas.

Jesper Carlsen, Brick & Mortar, installation view at Tranen Contemporary Art Center (Hellerup, Denmark), December 10, 2016 - January 29, 2017. Courtesy Tranen. Used here by kind permission from Tranen. All rights reserved.
Jesper Carlsen, Brick & Mortar, installation view at Tranen Contemporary Art Center (Hellerup, Denmark), December 10, 2016 - January 29, 2017. Courtesy Tranen. Used here by kind permission from Tranen. All rights reserved.
Jesper Carlsen, Brick & Mortar, installation view at Tranen Contemporary Art Center (Hellerup, Denmark), December 10, 2016 - January 29, 2017. Courtesy Tranen. Used here by kind permission from Tranen. All rights reserved.
Jesper Carlsen, Brick & Mortar, installation view at Tranen Contemporary Art Center (Hellerup, Denmark), December 10, 2016 - January 29, 2017. Courtesy Tranen. Used here by kind permission from Tranen. All rights reserved.
Jesper Carlsen, Brick & Mortar, installation view at Tranen Contemporary Art Center (Hellerup, Denmark), December 10, 2016 - January 29, 2017. Courtesy Tranen. Used here by kind permission from Tranen. All rights reserved.
Jesper Carlsen, Brick & Mortar, installation view at Tranen Contemporary Art Center (Hellerup, Denmark), December 10, 2016 - January 29, 2017. Courtesy Tranen. Used here by kind permission from Tranen. All rights reserved.

Tranen was designed by Henning Larsen Architects in the beginning of the 1980s as an ideal niche for the exhibition of contemporary art in a very public setting. With Brick & Mortar, Carlsen lets us experience the potential remodelling of Tranen and draws our attention to a possible non-existence of the real. “In my installation, nothing is yet determined (…) If you are not satisfied, you can demolish it all by a single click. Cause between the skeleton and the stretched skins, nothing exists” – the artist claims in a conversation with Line Brædder, assistant curator at Tranen.

Brick & Mortar is the third and last exhibition in the Creation – Mist of Dawn season, which explores a tensioned field between creation and destruction. An architecturally sculptural sensibility, removed from its social life, dominates the exhibitions of this season, suspending time and space and evoking the pre- historical, sublime, or post-apocalyptic through industrial, technological, and digital approaches. Creation is curated by Charlotte Sprogøe.

Artist Biography

Jesper Carlsen (DK, b. 1977) graduated from the Funen Art Academy in 2006. Among other places, Carlsen has exhibited at Sierra Metro Edinburgh, Scotland, The Lab San Francisco, US, Wedding, Berlin Germany, Espai Ubú, Barcelona Spain, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden, and in Denmark at Kunsthal Brandts, Trapholt museum, , Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Den Frie Kunsthal, Koh-i-Noor, Gallery Image Toves and Martin Asbæk Gallary.

 

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