13 Nov 2015 - 23 Jan 2016
Group Exhibition
Out of use: Interior
Bjørn Nørgaard, Emil Westman Hertz, Finn Reinbothe, FOS, Fredrik Tydén, Ib Braase, Jean Marc Routhier, Jørgen Carlo Larsen, Kasper Hesselbjerg, Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Marie Søndergaard Lolk, Martin Erik Andersen, Nanna Abell, Pind, Rasmus Høj Mygind, Superflex

Out of use sets out to survey art relating to interior design and the meeting between furniture, sculpture and the body. The works in the show are involved in functionality and loss of function through recycling, misuse, and transformation of everyday objects like chairs, potted plants, mirrors, beds, and blinds.

Interior design is usually associated with the private sphere and a non-public social space. Yet in several works in the show décor elements are reconstructed so that the domestic and public sphere, or singularity and design, are mixed together. The works relate to a cultural situation where everything increasingly exist as design in multiple versions, from corkscrews to sofas, and where sign value tends to overshadow use value.

Furniture is - possibly to a larger degree than other types of objects - open to an anthropomorphic reading. This means that it is relatively easy to experience them as mirrors of one's own self. In ordinary language this is hinted at when we speak of for example the legs of a table or the arms of a chair. A lamp is always also a kind of subject, a chair is a consciousness, at least this is how we often perceive it. They are things we live with and literally live in, and they are things that often live on after us in order to be integrated in other contexts.

Arguably the white cube is historically prefigured in the collectors' house screened off from its surroundings. In this sense the interior is mirrored in the white cube. On the other hand the works undermine this sense of a delimited space through their furniture-like links to everyday life and bodily use. When interior design and exhibition space are made to overlap the works drift into a scenic or stage-like atmosphere, reinforcing a sense of them as props. It reminds of how interior design is generally represented in mass media and lifestyle magazines. In this condition, design imitates art imitates design.

Artists' profiles

Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2015

Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2015

Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2015

Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2015

Installation view, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, 2015

Martin Erik Andersen, (Severin Severin awaits you there) transference, 2015

Jean Marc Routhier, Still Life (Truth and other lies) Ft. Will Evergreen, 2015

Jørgen Carlo Larsen, Opsamling, 2011

Bjørn Nørgaard, Fake som i et spejl, 2012/2015

FOS, Stool, 2015

Superflex, Investment Bank Flowerpots, 2015

Finn Reinbothe, Remastering the World, Part Two (Blue Light), 2009

Rasmus Høj Mygind, Untitled (Alu, Mirror), 2012

Lasse Schmidt Hansen, View Berlin 2012 (Reconstruction), 2012

Marie Søndergaard Lolk, Untitled, 2013

FOS, Centertable, 2015

Nanna Abell, Meeting the Universe Halfway, 2015

left: Nanna Abell, MINIMALE ANIMALE, 2015; right: Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Uro, 2006

Pind & Emil Westman Hertz, Carambolage, 2008/2015

Emil Westman Hertz, Tårenes kammer, 2015

Rasmus Høy Mygind, Untitled (Yellow, Mirror), 2012

Ib Braase, Dansestolen, 1975

Fredrik Tydén, Blind, 2015

Kasper Hesselbjerg, Lampe og katalog i metalholder, 2015