STEPHAN SCHNEDLER

STEPHAN SCHNEDLER

At first glance Stephan Schnedler’s series Unreal Reality appears to be an architectural study in light, shadow and the effect they have on a selection of modernistic rooms and surfaces. However, the images are actually showing constructed and staged models build with simple materials such as cardboard and paper, and lit in the artist’s own studio. Schnedler elegantly plays with the viewer’s perception of space, scale and materiality, and creates an intimate atmosphere, which draws the viewer further in. With the emptiness of the depicted spaces one is led not only to consider what is in the picture but also imagine what might exist beyond the frame of the motif.

In Dancing with Gravity a range of floating textiles are captured in a series of single still-frames. The works simultaneously depict the duality of a floating lightness and a pulling gravity. Ruled by the technical attributes of still photography we witness moving surfaces and volumes suspended in both time and space. These isolated fragments help us understand the nature of movement and materiality, and makes the eye catch onto something that in real time would have already passed us by.

Stephan Schnedler (b.1984) lives and works in Copenhagen. He was educated at the School of Photography Copenhagen in 2010 , and has worked with the photographic medium since 2004.

Artist’s website : www.stephanschnedler.com

RIKKE FLENSBERG

RIKKE FLENSBERG

Rikke’s practice centers around the relationship between reality and the human being. She builds up her material in a new context, using instruments such as reflection, displacement and repetition, where the scenarios she creates appears as fragments or parts of a larger whole.

By this she seeks to questions the borders and edges of human perception.

She has, over past years, found herself more and more anchored in a metaphysic approach and interest, and seeks to examine the dialectic and the interaction between the human psyche and content on one hand, and the form of the world and things that inhabit it, and its matter on the other. She often works with the landscape and the body, and seeks to deconstruct and rebuild, by modulating the object itself. Via manipulation and different approaches to use and compose the medias, she aims to develop the field of those. 

 

 

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The reality as we know it, is braked apart and with a phenomenological approach the known and the abstract is used in its reconstruction, where she likes to operate in the minimalistic field.

Rikke’s work often creates scenarios which lies in between utopia / dystopia, and she tries to challenge the viewer to reflect on the reality we are in. The sublime and beautiful, the light and the landscape is present, but with this also the unknown and frightening.

There is a grounded sensitivity in the universe Rikke creates and investigates which carries imagination as an important element.

Rikke Flensberg (b. 1980) lives and work in Copenhagen. She graduated from Malmø Art Academy with a Master of Fine Arts in 2009. She works primarily with fine art photography, but also video, installation and sculpture and she exhibits her work in Denmark and internationally.

Artist website: https://www.rikkeflensberg.com

LEA JESSEN

LEA JESSEN

Artist Lea Jessen sees the extraordinary in the ordinary, capturing it in images characterized by sharp composition and a refined sense of colour.

Her works often focus on details whose original contexts are not always readily revealed. With their focus on clean lines and abstract colour planes, these anonymous architectural fragments take on a minimalist aesthetic, making them reminiscent of the concrete art of the 1940s and 50s.

However the strict, concrete abstraction is countered by the small irregularities, cracks and dents that are revealed upon closer scrutiny, which have the effect of breaking the rigidity of the lines and surfaces. These subtle marks of decay, along with the soft hues of the images, infuse them with a certain melancholic beauty.

 

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This is clearly felt in a work such as Steps, depicting a pool staircase descending into azure water. Apart from producing a dazzlingly lit architectural pattern, it also evokes both the leisurely connotations of the pool and the faded glamour of a bygone era.

A similar sense of loss and longing is also – albeit in a different sense – contained in Jessen’s urban and suburban scenery from Syria. Often shot at night, the places seem at once inhabited and deserted. The locations might be foreign, but the haunting feeling is profoundly familiar.

Lea Jessen (b.1978) lives and works in Copenhagen.
She was educated at the School of Photography in 2004, and has worked with the photographic medium since 1997.

More information: www.leajessen.com

CARSTEN INGEMANN

CARSTEN INGEMANN

Carsten Ingemann’s artistic practice unfolds in the space between a distinctly Nordic landscape tradition and a psychological space less easily defined. Darkness is at the centre of his endeavour, with all the complex connotations it evokes. The landscapes conjured by the artist are made visible through the extended eye of the camera and the long exposure technique he employs. Thus, his works reveal the beauty and mystery of that which under normal circumstances remains hidden.

His works represent an alternative view of Denmark,  focusing on the silent outskirts in contrast to the bustle of the city.  As a result, the pictures are an accentuation of the inherently local, which still exists in a global world.

To his fine art practice, Carsten Ingemann brings a certain sensibility towards his subject matter, honed during his more than three decade long career as a renowned photographer, documenting political events, conflicts and war zones from around the world.

For further information on Carsten Ingemann please contact the gallery or visit the artist´s website www.carsteningemann.com.

LISE JOHANSSON

LISE JOHANSSON

The artistic practice of Lise Johansson unfolds somewhere between the conscious and unconscious mind – it exists both in the realms of reality and fantasy.

Johansson investigates notions of authenticity and challenges the classical order and structures with which photos are usually constructed. In her studio she edits and merges different photographic elements into final compositions depicting worlds of dreams and emotions, association and longing. These sceneries hold atmospheres as light and breezy as Hockney’s pastel paintings or as gloomy as Tarkovsky’s filmic universe. They make us question not only how we perceive each other and the world, which surrounds us, but also how we connect with the self, the mind and its various inherent potentials.

In all of Johansson’s work themes of identity and belonging come up, take for example the series Hearth, where photos of doll-like humans are superimposed into environments consisting of architecture models, planning future homes to come.

 

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This is not an illustration generated to make potential buyers relate better, this is a slightly unsettling juxtaposition, confusing us with its scale and perspective and thereby making us wonder about the unknown parts of the images. The mood is set, and like in the 50’s television anthology The Twilight Zone, we don’t quite know what eerie twists and turns are waiting for us around the corner.
Johansson allows us to imagine, and in the end leaves the final interpretation open to the viewer’s own composition.

Lise Johansson (b. 1985) is from Sæby, Denmark, and currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is educated from The Media College Denmark in 2016, and has travelled the world extensively as part of her photographic practice. Johansson has won several prizes, including the Sony World Photography Awards.

 

Artist website: www.lisejohansson.com