Under the title Korridor / Corridor, architect Laura Mazanti and the three visual artists Peter Callesen, Anne Riis Bovbjerg and Marianne Grønnow present the audience with a remarkable experience of physical and sensuous spaciousness in the 450 m2 large exhibition hall.
The four exhibitors have a shared passion for the slow and meticulous process of materializing ideas and experiences in paper. Subjects of time and space serve as the starting point of the pieces in the exhibition. Likewise is the state of mind that has influenced many of us through recent time: The sensation of a paradigm shift and the question: “What comes next?” The subject of catastrophe and decomposition, culture vs. nature, past vs. possible futures recur in the artists’ work with the exhibition.
All the pieces on display relate directly to each other and to the architecture of the hall.
The exhibition is tied together by the cardboard installation by architect Laura Mazani, whose work explores the human conception of space.
Laura about the installation:
‘This exhibition is my first occasion to work with art on a large scale. The cardboard installation offers a way to experience folds as a manifestation of space on a human scale. Playfully, it explores the transformation from plane to space – and back. The cardboard components are sized to match the rhythmically repeated modules of the exhibition hall. Thus, the cardboard manifests an alternative architecture that might have been.‘
The installation establishes a landscape that frames the exhibition’s other paper artworks.
Peter Callesen has long been fascinated with everything surrounding the creation of the actual work of art, what inspires it, and what is left over: research, printouts, sketches, drawings and, in Callesen’s case, cut-outs and scraps. Because the sketch possesses a quality of immediacy that is not present in the finished piece.
‘I usually make more than a dozen sketches before I have the finished piece, and for a long time, I have been saving these sketches, both with a view to using them in my finished work and because I find it difficult to throw anything away. In that sense, this is also about holding on to things, including possibilities and explanations, perhaps out of a fear of missing out on opportunities.‘
Marianne Grønnow has created a topical piece for Corridor, which is featured in three places in the exhibition. The three paper works, together titled Wave, expand on the walls, planes , spaces and stories manifested by Laura Mazanti’s exhibition architecture.
‘Wave consists of shredded cardboard paper and paper rolls and handmade Nepalese kahari paper washing down from the walls and into the room like coloured waves. The pieces also include a small number of pigment-printed pictures. These pictures show the smoke from rapidly spreading wildfires. Wave refers to nature’s revolt and the paradigm shift that is currently taking place. A paradigm shift that calls for humanity to be humble in relation to nature and to strive to co-exist rather than dominate‘
Anne Riis Bovbjerg presents a 3 x 8-metre work of art in paper created specially for the exhibition. At its core is the notion of a mirror that reflects the exhibition space in the past, present and future. Both her creative process and the finished piece revolve around the themes of plane, space and colour. The paperwork has an almost picturesque quality, close by a myriad of tiny bits of paper that create a sense of depth and space when seen from a distance.
‘I imagine the narrow corridor and the many small offices that used to be here. The sense of bumping into people, the smell of ink and vinyl. I also envision a disaster. A flood, perhaps, that requires people to be evacuated and spend the night on the floor, with blankets and mattresses. Fifty years from now, walls and floors will be crumbling, plants will be taking over, exposed rebars and brown rings from dried-up puddles of rainwater on the floor.‘
The exhibition is supported by:
Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond
Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond
Esther og Jep Finks Mindefond