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