RANDI JØRGENSEN & KATRINE MALINOVSKY
”SUPER SWEET – TWISTEE TREAT – 16 FLAVOURS – IT’S A WORLD IN IT SELF”
May 18 > June 30 2007
OPENING: FRIDAY MAY 18th 5 – 8 PM
The artists will be present at the opening
MOGADISHNI AAR proudly presents the exhibition ”SUPER SWEET – TWISTEE TREAT – 16 FLAVOURS – IT’S A WORLD IN IT SELF” by Danish artists Randi Jørgensen (DK) and Katrine Malinovsky (DK). This is the artists’ second solo show at MOGADISHNI since their graduation from the Royal Danish Art Academy in 2005.
The exotic meets the everyday suburban life of Katrinebjergvej when Randi and Katrine take over the gallery, transforming it into a pineapple production. Dividing the gallery into a lobby, a superintendents’ office, a production hall and a “forgotten fair booth”, they mimic the spacing of an industrial building. In doing that, the artists elaborate not only on the history of this specific gallery space as a former industrial building, but they also alter and question the typical gallery setting.
The name ”SUPER SWEET – TWISTEE TREAT – 16 FLAVOURS – IT’S A WORLD IN IT SELF” functions not only as the title of the exhibition, but also as the brand or slogan for this specific pineapple production, promoting the pineapple species “Twistee Treat”. Disguised as a factory that invites visitors to have a peak into the fascinating history of the brand “Twistee Treat”, Randi & Katrine’s exhibition draws not only on the different historical and symbolic references of the fruit but equally the popular cultural use of the pineapple.
Used in Indian feasts and rites, as gifts for kings and noblemen and as dinner decoration extravaganzas, the pineapple has a long history of symbolizing hospitality, welcome and good cheer. Today the pineapple is an easy accessible commodity, and it can be found in most grocery stores, not only as fresh fruit but also canned or as flavour in juice and ice creams. In the installation this long and diverse history of the pineapple is unfolded, showing today’s industrialized mass produced version which is used on Hawaii pizza’s and on commercial postcards, but not leaving out the celebration of its rarity, exoticism and visual attractiveness in earlier eras.
The works by Randi Jørgensen and Katrine Malinovsky are a result of their common interest in a combination of architecture, objects and the narrative along with a fascination of large-scale installations where a dynamic interchange between the viewer and a specific space can take place.
MOGADISHNI AAR welcomes you in the gallery!
Randi & Katrine’s next solo exhibition will take place at Gammel Strand, Copenhagen, opening in February, 2008