Falling Leaves

Thomas Grøndahl

23. februar – 17. marts 2018

Køppe Contemporary Objects

Gitte Bjørn takes an unconventional approach to silver hollowware. Her works are not pursuits of a Nordic expression of ‘pure’ form or minimalism. Life is too short for streamlined Nordic finesse. The focus is on playing, commenting and entertaining, on a high artistic level.

Whether Gitte takes a figurative path, as in her exhibition ‘Neither Fish Nor Fowl’, or works in an abstract vein with figurative add-ons, as she does in ‘Body & Soul’, there is an exuberant character to her experimental works as well as an exquisite level of craftsmanship.

Gitte Bjørn stands out as a unique artist who moves with ease between many different scales – from jewellery to playgrounds – and while she investigates a variety of themes in her work, metal is the recurring material in Gitte’s explorative universe.

In ’Body & Soul’ Gitte Bjørn explores the human body, complete with variations, genitals, faces and hands. Here, the touchy parts – noses, balls and rolls of fat – are put on full display in the form of bowls, spoons and candleholders. And the result is one of impish beauty. No provocation here, just an honest display of the truth, beautifully represented in pure silver.

The silver works are complemented by photographic works from the series ‘Falling Leaves’ by Tho- mas Grøndahl. In the series, the photographer examines decay with the same up-close honesty that Gitte brings to the body’s more or less flattering aspects. The photographs are black and white, abstract, with recognizable elements, while the colourless and shimmering silver reflects its surroundings. Together, the two components form an exhibition that operates on the edge of the naturalist expression with a focus on details – the result is subtle and powerful.

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