Current exhibition: Strandhugst – Christian Vind
September 8 – December 16, 2018
Where there are pictures, there are questions
Can a roundworm metamorphose into a work of Iron Age jewellery? What is the connection between Anne Frank and Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic Mona Lisa? The exhibition Strandhugst (Danish for “beach raid”) is full of questions posted through objects and stories, selected and presented by artist Christian Vind.
Objects are given voice in the works of Christian Vind. Through the years, Vind has amassed an impressive collection of everyday objects, newspaper clippings, advertisements, scientific illustrations, ethnographic materials, geological finds, and reproductions of artistic masterpieces. A fascination with the mechanisms of time and memory permeate his artistic practice, as he extracts forgotten and new meaning and narratives through juxtapositions of objects and images, giving rise to resonant histories.
The FALL OUT system
The exhibition also features Vind’s FALL OUT system: Photographs, tickets, newspaper clippings, pressed leaves and flowers are placed in books on a bookshelf. Hidden in hibernation between the book pages, these images fall out as soon as the books are opened. Though seemingly random at times, the system is always rooted in the artist’s personal associations between the contents of the book and the scrap of paper it envelops. The result is a deluge of references and correlations. FALL OUT is a system of tangential and labyrinthine meandering.
About Christian Vind
Christian Vind (b. 1969) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 2003, and works with photography, drawing, collage, graphic arts, painting and more. Previous exhibitions include Tegn og underlige gerninger [Symbols and Strange Deeds], Museum Jorn, Silkeborg (2008), and Dr. Topic, Overgaden – Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2014). Vind has also published a number of artist books, most recently the travel journals UDTOG (2016) and UDTOG II (2017). In 2010, he received the Danish Arts Agency’s three-year working grant, and in 2014, together with Claus Carstensen, he received the art critics’ award for their curation of the exhibition “Cafe Dolly” at J.F. Willumsens Museum. Vind is represented at numerous Danish museums, including Museum Jorn, the National Gallery of Denmark, and Sorø Art Museum.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book featuring text by Jens Tang Kristensen, art historian and postdoctoral scholar at the University of Copenhagen – Department of Arts and Cultural Studies.
The exhibition was made possible by support from: THE DANISH ARTS FOUNDATION, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond and Venneforeningen Rønnebæksholm