Dream voyages and sand castles
The summer 2009 Artrebels infiltrated the rather conventional settings of Copenhagen’s art fortress Charlottenborg, situated right in the heart of the city. True to form, we used our rebellious spirit to shake things up, leave traditions behind and create a rather extraordinary expression.
We were invited to take part in the exhibition ”Værker Der Virker”, which were running from June 20th to August 30th 2009. For this purpose we´ve arranged for some pretty outstanding artist in our network to join forces, and there is plenty of reason for excitement, as both Christian Kornum, Maria Torp, Line Bech, Shft, and the Ultra Grøn boys, were involved.
The collaboration has resulted in two separate pieces, connected still, as they are somehow representing each other’s opposite elements. Appearing as a complex installation, mixing a variety of media, from sand and wood, to video projection and a Morris Minor, one is called “Den Fantastiske Luftfærd”. In this piece we find the artists playing with the idea of the ultimate journey of discovery, as they have actually build an airship, ready to fly out and explore the world from above. The other piece by Maria Torp is a giant sculpture made from sand, bringing us back to earth.
We think these amazing artworks has taken their unique forms, due to the different creative skills, each artist brought to the collaboration. Christian Kornum for instance, from the Danish School of Design, has in recent years worked with scenography and art installations. Besides he is a very talented visual storyteller, and he always manages to mix elements of playfulness and irony into his work.
In Ultra Grøn, an artist duo consisting of Morten Leck Plesner and Christian Elovara Dinesen, we find a passion for nature and ways of documenting the experience of it. Besides the boys display an urge to explore, act and take responsibility, and they often flash a whole lot of practical, creative skills as well. As they make impressive wall paintings, build mad constructions and so on.
Line Bech who sew and design everything from costumes to haute couture, is all about form, figures and colour, and how these elements interact, besides she is genius at turning things upside down. Further more Maria Torp, educated at the Royal Academy of Art, has an amazing pictorial language, which you might know from stuff like CD covers and posters, she has made for Artrebels, as well as her many amazing accomplishments in the more established art scene.