Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus
Danish artist Eske Kath’s artistic practice encompasses painting, sculpture and installation art. His sources of inspiration include science and the relationship between man and nature. An awareness of the contrasts inherent in the world occupy a central position in Kath’s works. The alluring aesthetic of his paintings testify to a keenly honed eye for colour and adroit compositional skill, affirming Kath’s position as one of the most important contemporary artists of our day as he captures the great beauty and destructive force of nature to poignant effect.
Inspired by the unfathomable conclusions of quantum physics, Eske Kath explores the fundamental uncertainty that has become ubiquitous in our day and age. Humanity’s growing influence on Earth’s climate and nature is addressed here alongside deliberations on what it means to be human today. Eske Kath’s landscape painting do not confront us with any local nature, but with interpretations and mental images of a global understanding of nature.
Being a landscape painter points back to the Romantic landscapes painted during the period 1800 to 1870; paintings that depicted humanity’s insignificance before the grandeur and divine splendour of nature. For Kath, twenty-first century landscape painting offers an opportunity to confront us with our present-day perceptions and outlook on nature. Kath invites us to settle down and face this uncertainty and the future we all share.
Eske Kath (b. 1975) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2003. Since then he has exhibited at museums and galleries across the world, particularly in Denmark and the USA, where he spent eight years living and working in Los Angeles and New York. His works are held in the collection of ARoS, HEART Museum, ARKEN, Sammlung Essl as well as private collections.
– Katrine Stenum Mortensen