With the exhibition Ontemporary rt, Galleri Christoffer Egelund is proud to present Morten Steen Hebsgaard’s first major solo exhibition in the gallery. The title is inspired by the copycat industry, where, for instance, a mediocre watch maker will transcribe a brand like Rolex into Olex. Ontemporary rt thus refers to the conflict between original and copy.
For this exhibition, Morten Steen Hebsgaard has formulated a set of dogma rules: 1) all materials must be bought from IKEA, and 2) the works must copy art history. This has enabled Hebsgaard to select his own personal “darlings” and to reinterpret them, misunderstand them and challenge them in his own works. This has resulted in a series of exciting sculptural objects, where such artists as Kasimir Malevitj, Piet Mondrian and Andreas Slominski and others are all re-edited in a suggestive and humorous fashion. Morten Steen Hebsgaard turns things upside down, goes along with and against and around his art heroes, and challenges the spectator by questioning the order of things.
The contrast between modern art and IKEA is another interesting element in his project: elitist high culture against the furniture giant’s production of cheap design for the masses. The question is what actually happens when Morten Steen Hebsgaard copies these major historical works, interprets them using cheap materials from IKEA, and creates new and unique art.
Morten Steen Hebsgaard graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007, and from 2005-2006 he attended Städelschule [under Professor Simon Starling] in Frankfurt DE, and was awarded the EXIT EXTRA prize by the Copenhagen art society Gl. Strand. His works have been exhibited at art fairs, biennials and museums in Denmark and abroad. Among his exhibitions are: solo exhibition at Vejen Art Museum and curated exhibitions at Fulgsang Museum of Art, Plan B. Bologna in Italy, add x to (n), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Hafen 2. Offenbach in Germany, Dale Biennale in Norway, Preview Berlin, Bridge NY in the US. In addition, he will exhibit at Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand next year. Morten Steen Hebsgaard is co-founder of the artist groups A Kassen and OEen Group.