duo: Astrid Kruse Jensen & Roald Andersen d.y.
june 26 – july 18 2015
The photographic art of Astrid Kruse Jensen takes us on a beautiful and dream-like journey away from ourselves. Her monochrome images show quiet landscape sceanaries that might be memories from a long forgotten past or even vague impulses from somewhere deep within. The primary element in the images is a young woman. Gazing at the horizon, we do not see her face so we have to settle for the boat she is sitting in and the small river that is carrying them both. Kruse Jensen never offers a clear vanishing point, nor a sense of motion. But like the woman and her boat, we are drifting towards something anyway.
The Norwegian sculpturer Roald Andersen d.y. creates art that is as imaginative and inticing as it is brutally minimal. Small wooden structures are carefully burnt a number times until they are black, crackled and barely standing. In proportion and craft they are like miniature replicas, referring to a traditional Scandinavian landscape of barns, jettys and outhouses. But the absence of windows, doors and other signs of pratical function places them in a mythical setting. Somewhere between literary virtuosity and Nordic folklore, the buildings stand as cautionary tales. But with an absence of theme, morale and other signs of practical function.
Andersen's elaborate structures are paired with a series of simple bronze sticks. Embrace ambiguity with humility, they seem to say to anyone that might invest a gesture. And we'll leave it at that.
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