Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen
For VOLTA Basel 2019, Martin Asbæk Gallery presents an exhibition with sculptures by Kristian Dahlgaard (b. 1958 in Svendborg, DK), paintings by Kasper Eistrup (b. 1973 in Copenhagen, DK), and drawings by Jacob Stangerup (b. 1971, DK).
Kristian Dahlgaard works extensively with the sculpture's weight and the absence of mass. His work consists of uniform sculptures based on one form. They consist of a myriad of often identical pieces put together in layers and different forms again and again. Each time the first, original form is slightly displaced making the final form a complex network of surfaces and holes. Through the consistent replica of a form, the artist reaches a reflective grace similar to running water or a flames movement and sound in a fire.
The artistic voice of Kasper Eistrup has been shaped by the collision of several elements, in part by images within images collectively creating a new and expanded narrative. He himself calls it ”fragmentarism”, the technical implication being the utilization of drawing, painting and installation, frequently in the same piece. Even within his painting you find great reach, from meticulous photorealism to pure expressionism.
Jacob Stangerup experiments with finding a state of balance, an equilibrium between radically different drawing techniques and motifs. Works from the history of art become participants in a play of associations, a jeu de motifs, and are recreated in new, original yet derivative works. In his own distinctive way, Stangerup establishes and investigates possible connections between the artworks beyond time and place.