Within the Landscape

The Danish visual artist Astrid Kruse Jensen (b. 1975) was invited to follow in the footsteps of the artist and shooter Johannes Larsen (1867-1961) to mark the centenary of his first visit to the area at Filsø on the west cost of Jutland, Denmark. The result is a series of photographs whose dream-like expression reflects the harsh but beautiful landscape that unfolds near the North Sea.

The artistic activity of the Danish painter Johannes Larsen has its main focus on depictions of nature. With a point of departure in Johannes Larsen’s actual work titles, Astrid Kruse Jensen embarked on a story and a journey out into the magnificent landscape. A story without a narrative structure,
– with no beginning or end, but a story that is up to the imagina¬tion of the viewer. Equipped with an old Polaroid camera and obsolete film, Astrid Kruse Jensen draws on the encounter between past and present – between how Johan¬nes Larsen created his works, and how she as an artist experiences the place and the moods he sought out. Astrid Kruse Jensen has tried to render the experience of being in the embrace of nature when creating the series. The same mood as the shooter Johannes Larsen experienced in the early morning hours when he found himself en¬circled by nature and awaited the beginning of the shoot or the genesis of the subject of the painting.

Astrid Kruse Jensen has wished to make this chemistry a visible part of the subject, some¬thing that helps to form the final expression. A few areas in the photographs have not fixed the subject, while other places are influenced by the chemistry – and in most of the works the chemistry descends like a dreaming veil over the whole subject.

Astrid Kruse Jensen’s works exist in the tension between the sometimes harsh land¬scape and the sensual and beautiful. While Johannes Larsen created vital depictions of the birds, Astrid Kruse Jensen has chosen to let the landscape take centre stage. Where¬as the birds were used as a symbiosis with the landscape in Johannes Larsen’s paintings, Astrid Kruse Jensen instead uses a female figure in gauzy dresses with her back to us as her own swan in the landscape.

Astrid Kruse Jensen trained at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Holland and later at the Glasgow School of Art. With a series of solo and group exhibitions in Denmark and abroad, Astrid Kruse Jensen is one of our most highly profiled artists. Astrid Kruse Jensen is currently working on two solo shows one at Sven-Harrys Kunstmuseum in Stockholm in Sweden and one at Johannes Larsen Museet in Kerteminde, Denmark. Astrid Kruse Jensen is nominated for Deutsche Börse Preis 2014.