COLOR, 17 January - 28 February 2004

When one says that art is colorfull, one does not necessarily refer to the color used in the work of art. The meaning of the expression is rather that art is a place for experience, that art adds color to our lives.

 

With the exhibition 'Color' we take this interest in the color pigment very seriously. We have chosen a series of fine works which all explore the potential of color in different ways. By focusing on the color in itself it is the intention to give the audience a sense of color as a tool, and that color is a many-sided tool that reaches a lot of different expressions.

 

In the work of Poul Gernes one senses an almost scientific approach in the use of color, which the artist carefully developed during his career. In his stripe paintings it is the character of each color, and the joining with the color of the next stripe, that creates the catching work.
In the blue painting by George Rush one finds a more conceptual use of color. Here the color is not only a signature, but very much the core of the work.
In Jesper Christiansens and Eske Kaths works the colors are also presented in autonomous surfaces, but the single colors are not quite as insisting. The colors and the juxtaposition of the surfaces are, contrary to the work of Poul Gernes, inferior to the motif.
The ceramic works on the floor by Michael Geertsen use a single or monochrome color to cover a complex form. This color either contrasts or follows this form, and by this it thay are either heavy or light.

 

In the work of Søren Jensen color likewise plays a concise role. Here the color derives directly from the "nature" of the material - if one can say that about polyester. The same is the case with the beautiful glass sculptures by Isa Genzken.
In the work of Kaspar Bonnén and Anna Fro Vodder one sees a more expressive paint and colorgesture. Here colors are used consistently, they mix and float together. Especially in Bonnéns work the colors almost loose their independence, in spite of the massive color richness. In Vodders work the colors are more basic; they are expressed through the white color. The "un-painted" white surface provides space for the other colors. Look at the narrative paintings by Kathrine Ærtebjerg. Here colors are used to build characters that tell a story. One can say that color steps in the background, but isn't color primary in establishing scene and atmosphere?