Ny Ung Kunst

7 March – 4 April 2014

MATILDE DUUS School of Sculpture, graduating 2014
JESPER SKOV MADSEN School of Painting 2
SØREN PIHLMANN School of Architecture, graduating 2014
EMILE SADRIA – School of Time-Based Media, graduating 2014 
NICKY SPARRE-ULRICH School of Graphic Art
SIF ITONA WESTERBERG School of Sculpture, graduating 2014

With the exhibition New Young Art we take a look behind the facade of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Eight artists, across year groups and the various schools of visual art, are showing brand new works in the gallery. The media used range from expressive painting through minimalist sculpture to installation works – what they have in common is a feeling for the material, craftsmanship and the processual formulation from the idea to the final work.

The idea of the exhibition is to offer an unexpected new encounter with very young art. With the materiality and experimental approach of the painting, the precise lines of the drawing, the spatial presence of the sculpture and the photograph’s perpetuation of the moment, the artists explore everything from art history to the archaeological study.

Light, transparency, the embedding of inaccessible codes and the history of the material are elaborated in Matilde Duus’ fragile paper works and images burnt on glass. The works are framed in aluminium or hung on a skeleton of steel to achieve a stark contrast with the delicate material. Matilde Duus works to a great extent with a deliberate, processual material approach to the works.

Morten Knudsen is still in the Basic Studies Programme and is in constant development. He approaches the canvas with a powerful expressiveness and creates works in oils, acrylics, charcoal and pen and ink, playing on an ingenious mix of decorative elements, tribal art and abstract colour-drenched surfaces. Morten Knudsen is preoccupied with the many layers of the work and often adds an extra piece of canvas, cardboard or paper as a painting within the painting.

The painting within the painting can also be seen in Jesper Skov Madsen’s works, which have a highly distinctive materiality. The works appear as collages with abstract patterns, whose forms are repeated almost meditatively in the works. Some works are monochrome, while others work with a broad palette of colours.

Light, quick ink lines dictate the motif, almost imitating Chinese characters, in Kristoffer Raasted’s delicate ink drawings. Kristoffer Raasted is still in Basic Studies, but has already been chosen for the Spring Exhibition at Charlottenborg in April 2014.

No sketch or idea of the result, just a preoccupation with the process that brings forth the motif, governs Søren Pihlmann’s ink works. The same is true of the concrete sculp¬tures, where the objects arise from an intention in the casting process as well as the will of the material itself.

Materials like plaster, photos, aluminium and other metals are used in Sif Itona Westerberg’s sculptures and installations, which manipulate social structures in the interfaces of the political, the geological and the cosmological. The exhibition shows a series of aluminium reliefs and a woven tapestry in greyish shades referring to the spectacular Crystal Grotto in Mexico.

Archaeological investigation underlies Nicky Sparre-Ulrich’s artistic work, especially the gold-plated clay sculptures. They are like unidentifiable objects that point towards historical traces from a bygone age. An interest in the incomprehensible and obscure that balances between dream and reality is reflected not only in the sculptures but also in Nicky Sparre-Ulrich’s monotypes, which are also presented in the exhibition.

The photographic work Jump Cut by Emile Sadria is divided up as a triptych whose subject is spread out over the three contiguous works. The motifs of the toppled absinthe glass, the dark liquid that runs out over the table, the stubbed-out cigarette end, and the silver spoon have been seen from three angles. Jump Cut is a film term for a technique where the same sequence of images is viewed from different angles and the camera position is varied a little. Emile Sadria is at the School for Time-Based Media and works with both the photographic medium and video.

Read the article Fra Vilde Tornadoer til Nye Skud on http://www.kunsten.nu