It’s not only a matter of what the matter is.
It’s a matter of what is most important. (Translated from Danish)
This is how you could translate Things That Matter A Lot at Galleri Christoffer Egelund, where the artist Trine Boesen, in cooperation with the gallery, has invited the artists Benny Dröscher, John Kørner, Nina Saunders and Theis Wendt to exhibit, under the above-mentioned title.
What matters? Do all things matter equally? We are not always able to see what matters. Art matters, and art is about something that matters. Art works by showing us what we hadn’t expected to see. Ghosts, for instance. Or chaos and revolt in our everyday lives. When art matters, we are genuinely surprised. It’s compact. Or it’s airy, like a vision when we’re blinded.
This is what these five artists work with – and now you can see the result at Galleri Christoffer Egelund. The well-known and well-regulated has gone astray. When the artists show landscapes, cities, human beings or furniture, these do not look the way we’re used to. The smooth illusion of reality has vanished. The title refers to artists whose works make a contribution to the social debate and/or are surrealistic reflections of the surrounding world. Expect equal shares of chaos and artfulness with an edge.
Trine Boesen says:
“We have invited Dröscher, Kørner, Saunders and Wendt because between them they generate a good feeling of both rapture and challenge. They work with things that matter … things that matter a lot. The title is also a comment on the current time of crisis. Art is important, not just money. It’s food for the soul. The artists of the exhibition cover a wide range, so their point of departure, materials and methods, are manifold, and the contributions by the individual artists are mutually reinforcing.
Trine Boesen has painted an entire wall and hung paintings of ghosts on it against a background with a big, black star and bubbles that rise like in sparkling water. Benny Dröscher shows dream-like pictures and intricate sculptures, amongst these a floating suspended sculpture, which may include haloes, glitter, flying objects and a spruce. The artist reaches far. John Kørner, who is known for mixing landscape, pure fantasy and magic realism, shows a great painting from the series of dead soldiers. The title of the painting is Dan. Expect the best and you won’t get disappointed. Nina Saunders creates pure-style white upholstery and impresses us this time with four unheimliche furniture sculptures that have swallowed stuffed animals. Theis Wendt, who is also known for his spatial installations, excels in large-format paper works in a class by themselves. Feel free to study the details.