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.

TROELS STEENHOLDT HEIREDAL

TROELS STEENHOLDT HEIREDAL

In his artistic practice, Troels addresses issues of time, geographies, spatial production, and representation.

Working in various mediums and locations, he explores aspects of serendipity and emblematic effects of place.

Troels makes us question the relationship we build to our daily surroundings by drawing out the inner geographies that our spatial experiences build in us. Superimposing collections of places, spaces, and colors on film evokes unexpected connections between distinct geographies and shows that conventionally defined 2D mediums, such as drawing and photography, can be a practice of sculpting in time and space. Looking beyond the immediate becomes a way of re-stitching the constellations of the matter that make up our environment. Mixing media and form, the hand is always a key focal point of the work, not only in drawing and building, but also in seeing, writing, experiencing.  

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The hands-on approach of submerging into the matter and absorbing it with the skin allows for Troels’ aesthetic idiosyncrasies to be exposed and observed in the work.

Troels Steenholdt Heiredal (b.1984 in Denmark. Lives and works in New York, US). Troels holds a Master of Arts in Architecture, Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, DK (2012) and has exhibited, been published, and has lectured on his work domestically and internationally. He is a founding fellow at Arts Letters & Numbers and an invited guest critic at Cornell University, RISD, and The Cooper Union.

LARS SCHWANDER

LARS SCHWANDER

Lars is a photographer, writer, composer and subject specialist in photography, and have had gallery and museums exhibitions since 1992.

In his portrait series, he focused on making images of known creative people and has photographed superstars such as Cindy Sherman, Björg, Leonard Cohen and Yoko Ono amongst many others. In his portraiture he strives to “get to know people”, of scanning them and of depicting them in his own particular way. In that way most of them reflect elements of Lars’ own desires, dreams, longing and melancholy, and the portraits are linked to his own life and his encounters with the different people depicted, and in particular, the conversations they have had.

Some of the photographs have already become historical, because time has left its inexorable mark on the material.

Lars Schwander (1957) holds a MA in Nordic philology and film science. He was the founder of the Centre of Photography in Copenhagen which he ran for 15 years. In 2008 he received Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des letters (French Ministry of Culture) amongst many other great achievements.

MALTE BRANDENBURG

MALTE BRANDENBURG

Malte Brandenburg’s series STACKED focuses on post-war housing estates in Berlin, capturing them in images characterized by a minimalist, symmetrical aesthetics.

Usually indistinguishable from the urban landscape which they are part of, these tower blocks are rarely accentuated for their architectural qualities, but have rather come to be associated with economic and social burdens, in spite of initially being built to provide modern and affordable housing for middle class families.

By isolating the buildings from their surroundings and presenting them from a frontal perspective, Brandenburg shifts emphasis from their social to their formal aspects and individuality. The resulting images, with their linear focus and interplay of colour and surface are reminiscent of the modern, formalist painting of the mid 20th Century.

The name of the series refers to the particular mode of living offered by the tower block, in which people live ”stacked” above and below one another. At first sight the flat, uniform facades of these buildings do not betray much about the lives unfolding within. However, upon closer scrutiny irregularities of the surfaces emerge in the form of satellite dishes, flower boxes and differently coloured blinds, carrying small fragments of information about the inhabitants.

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Malte Brandenburg is born in Berlin and lives and works in Copenhagen. His work has previously been shown in Berlin, Lisbon, Katowice, Istanbul and at the Copenhagen Photo Festival.

DAVID DREBIN

DAVID DREBIN

David Drebin´s epic photographic works animate the senses and the phantasies. Collected around the world, they combine voyeuristic and psychological viewpoints and offers the viewer a dramatic insight into emotions and experiences that many of us have doubtlessly felt at some point of our lives.

In a unique and opulent way, Drebin also stages femme fatales against the gigantic backdrops of cities such as Hong Kong, New York, and Paris. 

 

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The panorama of the big cities, which, due to their format, are a tribute to cinema, serve as cinematic settings. With their impressive skyscrapers, they provide the viewer with a nearly infinite surface for the imagination.

David Drebin was born in 1970, Toronto, Canada, lives and works in Manhattan, New York. After successfully completing the Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1996, he rapidly made a name for himself as internationally successful commercial and fashion photographer.Drebin´s intention is to liberate the viewer from the system of rules of everyday life and restore his faith, emotion, and humanity. The distinctive tension and depth in his pictures arise from the free combination of such differing topics as humor and sex, melancholy and sex, and melancholy and humor.