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looking back...

After a lovely summer we are slowly starting to plan future exhibitions - and what better way than to start than by looking back on the first three installments of the Rethinking MATTER series.

We couldn't be happier or more proud to have shown three very different exhibitions with loads of beautiful works by a range of excellent artists - all revolving around, examining and rethinking artistic matter and materiality.  

Here are some of our favorite pictures from our first three shows, installations and openings...

Mariko Wada, State of Mind, stoneware, plate technique, 2014. 

Mariko Wada, State of Mind, stoneware, plate technique, 2014. 

Rethinking MATTER: The Tactile opened January 6, 2017.

For this show we invited six artists who work with their respective media in distinctly tactile ways that invoke the senses and invite an embodied viewing experience characterized by movement.

A big thanks to all the artists featured in The Tactile: Line Busch, Alysha Creighton, Hanne G, Rieko Hotta, Christian Saucedo & Mariko Wada

Line Busch: Untitled, oil on canvas, 2016

Line Busch: Untitled, oil on canvas, 2016

Lise Skytte Jakobsen and Hanne G., 2017

Lise Skytte Jakobsen and Hanne G., 2017

In connection with this exhibition, we hosted an artist talk about materiality within the intersection of art and craft.

Hanne G. in conversation with Lise Skytte Jakobsen.

The event was made in collaboration with MOBIL.

Christian Saucedo: Klodeskyer, Installation, wood and paper, 2016

Christian Saucedo: Klodeskyer, Installation, wood and paper, 2016

Opening night, Rethinking MATTER: The Tactile, January 6, 2017

Opening night, Rethinking MATTER: The Tactile, January 6, 2017


Installation view, Søren Krag: Spring and Bucket, digital print on neopren mat, 2017; Merging Patterns, digital image and picture frames, 2017; Suspended Stick, print on canvas, 2017.

Installation view, Søren Krag: Spring and Bucket, digital print on neopren mat, 2017; Merging Patterns, digital image and picture frames, 2017; Suspended Stick, print on canvas, 2017.

The second exhibition, Digital Materiality, explored the physicality of the digital realm.

This show featured four young, Danish artists, all of whom work with the digital from a uniquely material perspective.

A big thank you to all the artists: Emilie Carlsen, Søren Krag, Anne-Sofie Overgaard & Anders Visti.

Digital Materiality opened May 3, 2017.

Installation view, Rethinking MATTER: Digital Materiality. LEFT: Anne-Sofie Overgaard, Untitled, digital weaving, 2016. RIGHT: Emilie Carlsen, Digital Realism Green, digital and analog printing on silk satin, 2015; Digital Realism - Pink, digital and analog print on viscose silk, 2015.

Installation view, Rethinking MATTER: Digital Materiality. LEFT: Anne-Sofie Overgaard, Untitled, digital weaving, 2016. RIGHT: Emilie Carlsen, Digital Realism Green, digital and analog printing on silk satin, 2015; Digital Realism - Pink, digital and analog print on viscose silk, 2015.

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In connection with this exhibition, we hosted an intimate round-table discussion about the digital >< the material, focusing on the relation between digital and material processes in art-making.

 

Photo by Kirstine Schiess Højmose.

Installation view: Emilie Carlsen, The Silent Witness, print on paper, 2016.

Installation view: Emilie Carlsen, The Silent Witness, print on paper, 2016.


This year's third and final show opened during Art Weekend Aarhus on May 19, 2017. Rethinking MATTER: Biotic Synthetic was a group exhibition featuring work by eight artists (three of whom participated as an artist group). This show focused on the interplay between organic and synthetic materials, filling the space with insects, dirt, plastic, spaghetti, soap and other unorthodox materials.

A big thank you to all the artists from Biotic Synthetic: Carolien Adriaansche, Louise Haugaard Jørgensen, Regitze Engelsborg Karlsen, Villiam Miklos, Julie Stavad & MOTOR / Laurits Nymand Svendsen, Malte Klagenberg & Margrét Agnes Iversen.  

MOTOR, Night Shortly, terrarium with cockroaches, cast of romanescoe cabbage, sand and print, 2017.

MOTOR, Night Shortly, terrarium with cockroaches, cast of romanescoe cabbage, sand and print, 2017.

Louise Haugaard Jørgensen, Tonight's Menu, performance during the opening of Rethinking MATTER: Bitotic Synthetic, May 19, 2017.

Louise Haugaard Jørgensen, Tonight's Menu, performance during the opening of Rethinking MATTER: Bitotic Synthetic, May 19, 2017.

During the opening reception, Louise Haugaard Jørgensen performed her work, Tonight's Menu, which was then presented as a video throughout the remainder of the exhibition.

Installation view, Rethinking MATTER: Biotic Synthetic. LEFT: Julie Stavad, Collages, 2017;  Misbehaving soap, soap, 2015; Half a word, soap, 2015. RIGHT: Regitze Engelsborg Kalrsen (featured): Untitled, soil and gravel from the harbor in Aarhus, 2017.

Installation view, Rethinking MATTER: Biotic Synthetic. LEFT: Julie Stavad, Collages, 2017;  Misbehaving soap, soap, 2015; Half a word, soap, 2015. RIGHT: Regitze Engelsborg Kalrsen (featured): Untitled, soil and gravel from the harbor in Aarhus, 2017.

Workshop with Carolien Adriaansche, May 2017

Workshop with Carolien Adriaansche, May 2017

In the weeks before the opening of Biotic Synthetic, the Dutch artist Carolien Adriaansche had a short-term residency in Aarhus to develop a new, site-specific work for the show. During her stay, she scavanged the city looking for plastic waste to use as artistic material. 

Her stay resulted in the monumental work Aarhus Collection 2017, an installation of plastic man-made creatures inspired by modes of display found at natural history museums.

Carolien Adriaansche: Collection Aarhus 2017, plastic, cardboard, fish-line, 2017.

Carolien Adriaansche: Collection Aarhus 2017, plastic, cardboard, fish-line, 2017.

Villiam Miklos: Installation with plaster cube, mold painting, three concrete reliefs, a photography and a bundle of uncooked spaghetti, 2017 (detail).

Villiam Miklos: Installation with plaster cube, mold painting, three concrete reliefs, a photography and a bundle of uncooked spaghetti, 2017 (detail).


And just for fun, here are some behind-the-scenes installation photos:

Sasha and Pam building a plinth in the office. 

Sasha and Pam building a plinth in the office. 

Pam and Nana up on the lift, installing work by Villiam Miklos.

Pam and Nana up on the lift, installing work by Villiam Miklos.

All in all - we would like to thank everyone involved in the first three installments of the Rethinking MATTER exhibition series - all of the artists, the technical crew at Godsbanen (special thanks to Erik Jørgensen), and of course our supporters: Aarhus Center for Visual Arts, Godsbanen, the Municipality of Aarhus and The Danish Art Foundation.

Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for upcoming projects - more info will follow this fall!

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