Vernissage on Friday, 11 October from 5-8 pm,
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition by John Kørner (b. 1967), opening on Friday, 11 October. The show’s title and central theme is The family, as understood in the broadest sense. We are all connected and part of a greater family, while we are all members of our own immediate family. Moreover, there are countless groups and communities with family-like structures and relationships.
John Kørner has chosen to focus primarily on the latter category: that part of his family having to do with drinking, adultery, violence and comradery. It is that part of the family known in the media and on the streets, whom he meets daily both at home in Nørrebro and in his Amager studio, with a biker gang housed just down the street. Although the artist does not celebrate Christmas with any of them, he nonetheless does feel – as do most of us – that he knows “them” so very well…
Practically speaking, The family, comprising one large installation and nine new paintings, will fill the gallery’s three large exhibition rooms. The paintings could be considered family tableaus of a type that generically belongs to an art-historic tradition, but as Cecilie Høgsbro so strikingly states in the exhibition catalogue, in Kørner’s work it is not so much a question of idealised family portraits of specific individuals, but rather of portraits of family values in a problematic context in the year 2013.
John Kørner has shown himself time after time to be an artist with a sharp, analytical eye for and interest in social problems, perhaps most explicitly in his series War Problems, on the fallen Danish soldiers in Afghanistan, and in the The Workers’ Museum (Copenhagen) show Women for Sale, which won the 2012 Kunstkritikerprisen [Art Critics’ Prize]. The family gives viewers an impression of being more discrete and less openly problematic – despite 200 glass problems, which fearfully and fragilely occupy their own exhibition room in the gallery. However, behind the nearly strident pallet of screeching orange, yellow and turquoise blue arise a horde of questions on family concepts, norms and meanings, along with the question of the larger family we might venture to dub the community.
Everyone is welcome to the vernissage on Friday, 11 October from 5-8 pm, where Master Fatman will share his rhythms and tones. The family can be seen until Saturday, 14 December 2013. For further information or picture requests please contact Bibi Amby Saugman on 51 96 50 96 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.