Kasper Sonne: Bad Chemistry

Kasper Sonne: Bad Chemistry

txc55 by kasper sonne

Kasper Sonne

TXC55, 2014

txc53 by kasper sonne

Kasper Sonne

TXC53, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014Thursday, July 31, 2014

Via Farini 32
Milan, 20159 Italy

Kasper Sonne: Bad Chemistry
June 12 | July 31, 2014
Opening June 12, 2014 from 7-9 PM


Brand New Gallery is proud to present Bad Chemistry, a solo exhibition by Danish artist Kasper Sonne. At the crux of Sonne’s practice is the exploration of how the viewers actively construct their own interpretation of art, and to a greater degree, how cultures create, proliferate, and share meaning. To this end, Sonne’s works often invoke a dichotomy, if only to later have it annulled, made void. This approach provides Sonne’s works with a lived and processual aesthetic, ever running through a Möbius strip of what the artist refers to as ‘creation through destruction’. On view in the exhibition are three recent and distinct series of Sonne’s oeuvre. His TXC paintings, his Untitled (acid rain) series, and a recent video Bad Chemistry, from which the exhibition draws its title.

Extending the discourse of earlier generations of contemporary process art, like Linda Benglis or Gustav Metzger, Sonne’s TXC paintings initially begin as bold vibrant monochromes. They’re made with industrial paint that’s applied smoothly with a roller, until a clean surface free of any painterly gesture has developed. Sonne follows the production of this minimal aesthetic by pouring chemical solvent onto the work, destroying the pristine results of his labor. Thereafter, the work begins to set, and through the commingling of the chemicals, the paint changes color and crystals form on the work’s surface, completing a composition made through destruction.

Likewise, Sonne’s Untitled (acid rain) works pit against each other the traditional notions of culture and nature. Collecting New York City’s rain in small bottles and then placing them in aleatory fashion throughout the gallery, Sonne’s small sculptures doubt the tenability of such a distinction, while also elegantly representing the violence inherent in many of today’s natural phenomenon.

Sonne’s recent Bad Chemistry video, perhaps the most abstract of works in the exhibition, relies on a series of non-representational images purely consisting of text, in order to create an imagined space where the viewer is encouraged to reflect on how language shapes how we distinguish between experience and meaning.

Kasper Sonne (b. 1974 in Copenhagen, DK) lives and works in New York. Sonne received his BA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, in 2000. Sonne’s works have been exhibited throughout Europe and North America. Selected solo exhibitions include On Destruction and Decoration (2014) at Galerie Oliver Robert in Paris; Zero Emotional Content (2013) at The Hole in New York, US; All Their Lies Art True (2013) at Henningson Gallery in Copenhagen, DK; All Information Is Subject To Change (2013) at SALTS in Basel, CH. Sonne’s works have also been included in numerous curated group exhibitions, including Tectonic (2013) (curated by Simon Sakhai and Aya Mousavi) at the Moving Museum in Dubai, UAE; The Dark Cube (2012) (curated by Francesca Gavin) at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, FR; Each Memory Recalled Must Do Some Violence To Its Origin (2012) (curated by Aaron Moulton). Upcoming exhibitions: New Territory (solo show) at West in Den Haag, NL; Bikuben at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, US.


Kasper Sonne: Bad Chemistry
12 Giugno | 31 Luglio, 2014
Opening 12 Giugno, 2014 ore 7-9


Brand New Gallery è lieta di presentare Bad Chemistry, mostra personale dell’artista danese Kasper Sonne. Punto cruciale della pratica di Sonne è l’esplorazione di come lo spettatore costruisca attivamente la propria interpretazione dell’arte e, in scala più ampia, di come le culture creino, diffondano e condividano un significato. A tal fine, le opere di Sonne invocano spesso una dicotomia, talvolta anche solo per poi annullarla e svuotarla. Questo approccio fornisce ai suoi lavori un’estetica vissuta e processuale, sempre in movimento lungo il nastro di Möbius di ciò a cui l’artista si riferisce come ‘creazione attraverso la distruzione’. In occasione della mostra verranno esposte opere appartenenti a tre serie recenti: TXC paintings, Untitled (acid rain) e il video Bad Chemistry, da cui è tratto il titolo della mostra.

Portando avanti il discorso delle precedenti generazioni di artisti processuali, come Linda Benglis o Gustav Metzger, i TXC paintings di Sonne nascono inizialmente come audaci e vibranti monocromi, realizzati con vernice industriale che, applicata uniformemente con un rullo, sviluppa una superficie pulita priva di qualsiasi gesto pittorico. Dopo aver prodotto questa estetica minimale, Sonne prosegue versando solvente chimico sul lavoro, distruggendo così la purezza precedentemente ottenuta. Il lavoro comincia a prendere forma e, attraverso la commistione delle sostanze chimiche, la vernice cambia colore e sulla superficie dell’opera si creano dei cristalli, portando a termine una composizione ottenuta tramite la distruzione.

Allo stesso modo, i lavori di Untitled (acid rain) si oppongono alle nozioni tradizionali di cultura e natura. Raccogliendo la pioggia di New York in piccole bottiglie e collocandole poi in maniera aleatoria in galleria, le sculture di Sonne mettono in dubbio la possibilità di fare una distinzione tra queste due aree, rappresentando elegantemente, allo stesso tempo, la violenza insita in molti fenomeni naturali di oggi.

Il recente video Bad Chemistry, forse la più astratta delle opere in mostra, si basa su una serie di immagini non figurative puramente composte da testo, al fine di creare uno spazio immaginario dove lo spettatore è invitato a riflettere su come il linguaggio determina il modo in cui distinguiamo tra esperienza e significato.

Kasper Sonne (1974, Copenhagen) vive e lavora a New York. Sonne ha conseguito un BA presso la Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts di Copenhagen, nel 2000. Le sue opere sono state esposte in tutta Europa e Nord America. Tra le mostre personali: On Destruction and Decoration (2014), Galerie Oliver Robert, Parigi, FR; Zero Emotional Content (2013), The Hole, New York, US; All Their Lies Art True (2013), Henningson Gallery, Copenhagen, DK; All Information Is Subject To Change (2013), SALTS, Basel, CH. I lavori di Sonne sono anche stati inclusi in numerose mostre collettive, tra cui: Tectonic (2013), a cura di Simon Sakhai e Aya Mousavi, Moving Museum, Dubai, UAE; The Dark Cube (2012), a cura di Francesca Gavin, Palais de Tokyo, Parigi, FR; Each Memory Recalled Must Do Some Violence To Its Origin (2012), a cura di Aaron Moulton. Tra le prossime mostre: New Territory (personale), West, Den Haag, NL; Bikuben, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, US.