Martin Asbæk Gallery is currently presenting the group show A Journey Through A Nordic Fairytale at the gallery space Guided By Invoice at 558 West, 21th Street on the corner of 11th Avenue in Chelsea, New York until the 8th April 2012.
A Journey Through A Nordic Fairytale
The artistic idiom of the exhibition is as enigmatic and poetic as a Nordic fairytale whose narrative unfolds as the viewer is absorbed by the dreamlike, almost surrealistic universe. Four of the pre- eminent women of Danish contemporary art present works that occupy the ambivalent space between reality and the imagination. The media are photography, sculpture and charcoal on paper.
The exhibition unfolds in an intimate space where high artistic quality is colored by Nordic cultural heritage. The light, the encounter between the landscape and a slightly melancholy mood are some of the recurring themes, and the four Danish artists have been put together to offer insight into the wide-ranging styles of Danish contemporary art. The works span the spectrum from Cathrine Raben Davidsen’s mythical charcoal drawings through Trine Søndergaard’s photographs of run-down, empty rooms, to Astrid Kruse Jensen’s photographs of magical Nordic landscapes. Finally, you can experience Nina Saunders’ modified furniture items, themselves the bearers of disquieting narratives.