Jury Statement - Spring Exhibition 2013
At this year's Spring Exhibition you, the spectator, will find works from 75 Danish and international artists representing a wide range of types of practice and themes in their works. The Jury has nominated ten of the 75 artists, architects and designers/artisans for the three prizes and found three winners. The nominees are James day, Extrudox Tophøj & Ipsen, Anne Haaning, Marco Pando, Sophie Sahlqvist, Kristian Schrøder, Benjamin Tiven, Camilla Vuorenmaa, Kiyoshid Yamamoto and Tine Bernstorff Aagaard.
Among the participating artists there seems to be a special interest in exploring the globalisation's impact on human beings and society not just by way of international interaction and transaction – including outsourcing, global trading networks, international warfare and transgressive crime – but also by the way we as a global public mirror ourselves in the media, and the physical rooms in which we move. Thus at the exhibition you find several politically and philosophically founded works, just as many of the exhibiting artists have based their work on a phenomenological search to study how a given medium affects the message it communicates –which ideology it is coloured by. Such as Anne Haaning who receives the Danish solo award from the Jury.
In her video "How to Other" Anne Haaning dissects the HD medium to check which type of body and representational awareness this specific medium involves and how it reverses the relation between living and dead. And Camilla Vuorenmaa, the winner of the Jury's international solo award, who also approaches the representation culture, however, contrary to Anne Haaning she approaches it by stopping the media ring loop before it even gets started and her imposant woodcut thus never gets to function as a graphical pressure surface. In this way Vuorenmaa points at "the materiality" - the tactility and physical body of the pressure surface – as an inevitable underlying basis of all representation irrespective of the representation degree of virtuality. It is a knack she shares with several of the other artists at the exhibition who highly value the study of material as an impart of singularity in a world of mediated simulacra.
As a run-off to this you have another of the exhibition's pregnant trends which is about activating the spectator, the exhibition room and – context as a catalyser for realisations as to body, room, communities and social conventions. Thus the winner of the Jury Award, the young architect Tine Bernstorff Aagaard, who has won with “Dissektionens Anatomi” (the anatomy of dissection), is an example of how you with very simple means may point at the time and use the work in a specific context: Again this year the historical exhibition halls at Charlottenborg will provide the settings for an effervescent and sating exhibition of contemporary art – architecture and design.
Since the Spring Exhibition has gone from being a national event to attracting applicants from all over the world, we in the selection group have decided to let the work committee reflect this development and ensure a diversity which goes behind the Scandinavian minimalism. We have decided to let the quality of the submitted works direct our dispositions and have as a rule not considered the curating/mounting of the final exhibition as we first and foremost consider the Spring Exhibition a surface of appearance for new trends and talents. As such it should not be sharply curated but rather take the form of its fundamental components: The selected works are all of high quality and offer exciting insights into and angels of the world and art.
We hereby welcome both artists and audience to the Spring Exhibition 2013.