SELECTION OF INSTALLATION VIEWS
MELANCHOLY – AN ACCIDENTAL EVENT
10 JUNE 2020 – 06 SEPTEMBER 2020
Skovhuset Værløse, Denmark
ARTISTS INCLUDE: RIKKE BENBORG, ANDERS BRINCH, MIA-NELLE DRØSCHLER, SIMON GRIMM, JACOB HOFF, GERD LAUGESEN, MICHAEL WÜRTZ OVERBECK, RASMUS ROSENGAARD, LILYBETH SEBALDUS KATHRINE ÆRTEBJERG
In Melancholy – An Accidental Event, ten visual artists have set out to investigate and portray melancholy in 2020. Has melancholy today become an unequivocally negative phenomenon, or does it still hold a significant impetus for creativity, as previously thought?
Melancholy and its introverted focus on the painful aspects of life have been described in medicine, philosophy and psychology since ancient times. It has been called a mood or temper, but melancholy is also on the verge of depression and has been considered a mental imbalance.
The link to despair, but also curiosity and inspiration may be the reason why it is in the art that melancholy has found its most striking expression. Here, the melancholy with its dual nature and slightly privileged form of depression has been seen as a creative act that, after a difficult start, leads to inspired works of art.
But has this more romantic view of melancholy been replaced today by the unromantic depression? asks the exhibition, with a reference to the American author, Susan Sontag’s essay “Illness as Metaphor”. And has it become an unwelcome condition to guard against, e.g. through medication, mindfulness or a new partner? In the same way that people in the care sector talk about “unintended incidents” when something differs from normal and which is reported so that the incident in question can be avoided in the future.
The exhibition presents an interesting circle of contemporary artists who, through the works, grasp a current conversation about the melancholy of life and as a liberating force in art and nature. Perhaps particularly relevant in light of the COVID-19 and the severe psychological pressure brought by the pandemic, followed by a hope for a better future where creativity will undoubtedly play an important role.
The exhibition is curated by Jacob Hoff, Lilybeth Sebaldus and Simon Grimm.
Popup exhibition and performance
A room has a voice, and a house has a body. During a weekend a popup exhibition and performance takes place inside an abounded house located at the previous airbase Værløse in Denmark.
The floor between the first floor and the second floor is removed. The roof is covered in green plastic hold down by blue robes attached to wood beams. It is not obvious whether the house is about to be taken down, or if it is reconstructed.
The selection of the house is a manifestation of Drøschler´s interest in adding a scenegraphic context to her paintings. The context thus become an extension of the experience of the painting, by bringing in a narrative and a atmosphere.
Due to the condition of the house Drøschler argues that the dimension in between decomposition and reconstruction is difficult to distinguish. An ideal metaphor for her interest in bringing her own story and emotions into the canvas and rooms, as she is driven by an idea rooted in the philosopher Martha Nussbaum. Nussbaum arguments that it is significant and important to engage yourself in your emotions, and in specific in fear, in order to move forward as an individual and as a collective. If not we will be deconstructed as a democracy. Further, Nussbaum argues that vulnerability is an essential experience, and that to be open to the world – precisely in its capacity to harm or injure – is a fundamental part of not just being human but being good.
AM I MENTAL
Group show curated by Gallery BLVRD156
At the previous mentalinstitution Aneberg gallery Boulevard156 has curated a groupshow to show artworks in the original building. The invited artists are Anette Abrahamsson, Katrine Ærtebjerg, Kristian Devantier and Mia-Nelle Drøschler.
A new series of paintings by Drøschler are on display in the bathroom and in one of the previous psychiatric patients room. The setting is an ideal extension of the narrative in Drøschlers works, in which she depicts an inner psychological landscape.
It Is All About Me
Over the duration of three days Drøshler covered the walls inside an empty swimmingpool.
The exhibition It Is All About Me will be based inside the old swimming pool in Gallery Rozart, which dates from the Anbrillo era. However, it will not be necessary to wear the bathing cap or goggles when Mia-Nelle will make a performance surrounded by the murals she adds to the swimming pool. Mia-Nelle graduated from Goldsmiths Fine Art in London in 2010. She has lived and worked in London and Glasgow from 2007-2013, and has, among other exhibitions, had solo shows at the ARCH402 Gallery in London The Forest Within (2011) and at the Danish Culture Institute in Edinburgh Dreamescapes (2013). In addition, Mia-Nelle has performed large site-specific paintings, here in part for The Danish Institute in Rome (2016).
It Is All About Me Mia-Nelle states:
“I have made an exhibition about my memories. Through both the traditional painting and the mural, I capture fleeting and dramatic scenes where my memory and dreams collide between past and present. Especially reminiscences from Frederiksborg Castle make themselves visible in many of my paintings as my grandmother lived and worked at the castle as cleaning staff throughout my childhood. I have recently visited these rooms through my memory with the brush in my hand, where I recreate them through an expressive and colorful imagery. These representations of my memories often have a dreamlike quality. It suggests the idea that memory appears as colorful ghosts of their original structures.
The focal point of the murals is to involve the spectator in a totally sensuous space. I am very interested in integrating all the room’s walls and the room’s volume with color, since I believe that painting can appeal to senses other than sight, namely a feeling of one’s own body in motion, which becomes an integral part of the experience of look at painting. The exhibition thus becomes a holistic experience, where the eyes of the spectators can rest on the painting, while the body examines the rest of the room in relation to it. The movement of the spectator’s body through this space, where he stops, walks close and backs, becomes an explicit part of the art experience. The spectator thus becomes an interactive actor between the individual work and space. An assertion one can say about all exhibitions, but in this it is so pronounced that it is approaching a theatrical setting. The story is played when the spectators goes from one scene painted in one room to the next scene in the following room “.
The exhibition consists of a series of paintings, a murals and a performances.
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The exhibition was generous supported by The Danish Art Council and Dyrup.
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WE ARE HERE JUST FOR A MOMENT
Why believe in God when the world seems to be in a collective suicide?
Visual artist Mia-Nelle Drøschlers questions this in the works for the exhibition We Are Here (Just For A Moment). A monumental wallpainting is carried out in one of the three rooms at Norske Huset in the Danish Museum Sophienholm. A churchbench is placed infront where the spectator can sit and look at the explosive color from the painting, while listening to the soundtracks from the two artfilms seen in the two adjoining rooms.
In the artfilm ‘Mette’ Drøschlers interviews climate expert Mette Nedergård, while filming swans swimming in a sea through an x-ray filter.
In the artfilm ‘Svenn’ Drøschler interviews churchclerk Svenn about his Christian faith, while filming him during his working hours.
The exhibition was kindly supported by The Danish Art Council
MY ROOTS IN GROWTH
Wallpainting installation, paradise painted directly on the wall, the devil lurking over the shoulder on the opposite wall on a traditional paintings.
Part of groupshow Corner
THE FOREST WITHIN
Gallery ARCH402, London
ARCH402 is delighted to present the first solo show in England by Danish artist Mia-Nelle Drøschler. She graduated from Goldsmiths in 2010. Soon after her degree show Drøschler travelled to the remote rainforest in Borneo, where she for days went trekking to experience the overwhalming chaos of the nature. It became a turning point in her paintings.
Drøschler has an interest in the subconscious mind and psychology. In the rainforest she discovered a poetic approach to the choice of motifs, and created a new body of work returned to her studio in London, which are now on display in the gallery.
Archetypes, symbolic motifs of exotic animals, plants and landscapes are now the narrative to an inner landscape.
The show is kindly supported by The Danish Art Council and The British Art Council.
THE ISLAND OF MANY DREAMS
Soloshow Gallery Bie&Vadstrup
The island between dream and reality
Danish artist Mia Nelle Drøschler has recently returned to Denmark after having lived in the UK for six years, where in 2010 she got a degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. For the past two years Mia has lived and worked in Scotland and the rough nature of the Scottish Highlands, as glimpsed during her numerous hikes, provided material for her new body of work. It is currently exhibited as The Island Of Many Dreams at Bie & Vadstrup Galleri in Copenhagen and I caught Mia Nelle to ask her a couple of questions during the show’s private view.
Executing her ideas predominantly in painting, Mia is interested in visualising the subconscious through natural motifs. She answers to the tension between dream and reality by creating seemingly illogical scenes and strange creatures through techniques rooted in intuition and spontaneity. Before Scotland, the rainforest in Borneo was a major inspiration.
BY ANIA OSTROWSKA
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