Staging the Spaces

Mette Vangsgaard – Johanne Skovbo Lasgaard – Sinne Blanné
January 10 – February 15 2014

Marie Kirkegaard Gallery wishes you a Happy New Year. We are pleased to initiate the year with two new artists in the gallery: Mette Vangsgaard and Johanne Skovbo Lasgaard. We are presenting them both in the exhibition Staging the Spaces together with Sinne Blanné.

Staging the Spaces offers three very different artistic angles on the staging and interpretations of everyday life.

By the exploration of environments and spaces Mette Vangsgaard creates and composes pictures of the various events, human fates, situations, etc. that surround us every day. She stages situations of almost surreal nature, and brings new perspectives on our environment. Vangsgaard’s imageries invite us into a universe of almost theatrical character. As to unveil a staged scenery we are offered a peep into a sudden silence and often seemingly humorous depictions of modern life with points of both personal and political content. We get a revealing insight into the human activities and interaction in both our social common areas and in our private settings. Vangsgaard builds her material to the entire imaginary urban societies as a collage that immediately exudes optimism and kindness, but also – when you look closer – shows the impossibilities of life. Thus Vangsgaard puts the human nature and its often frequently peculiar proclivities under a somehow anthropological lens, and tells the story of the modern urbanized individual as a lonely and romantic wanderer.

With Johanne Skovbo Lasgaard the materiality itself is the narrative. Through the physical experience Skovbo Lasgaard maintains a constancy in her practice arising from a focus on the process, the repetition and on a material sensibility. Thus Skovbo Lasgaard leads us into an artistic space where the works invite us to perceive and sense. Her sculptural objects and installations are often based around a basic theme: light – heavy. They can be seen as a staged set where the materials speak for themselves: tactility – sensibility – the liquid. The objects are like experiments in plaster, wax, pigments and oil on paper casted in everyday objects like plastic cups, dish wash basins and whatever else is available. The surfaces are fragile and porous, and they evolve. Thus Skovbo Lasgaard maintains a homogeneous focus on the study of the materials, in which she let herself merge with the process of the materials. The process is poetic and physical, the material is liquid to dissolve, transform, stiffen and eventually taken its own form.

Unlike Johanne Skovbo Lasgaard’s physical gestalts in space, Sinne Blanné occupies on a minimal scale her investigations of natural phenomena, social structures and historical facts. The motivic models, often stems from the pages of Encyclopedia and other reference works, subjectively mapped and twisted aesthetically, whereby the image as well as text drawn in freehand becomes extracts of patterns. With fine small strokes or dots set by a small felt pen on paper she alludes the Xerox copy’s distortions of its original, whereby original and copy seems to be turned inside out. By this unique aesthetics Sinne Blanné seems to accentuate different aspects of our society to lay bare and to question the premises on which we build our history and social understanding.