MARTIN ASBÆK GALLERY
SOFIE BIRD MØLLER / NICOLAI HOWALT
SOFIE BIRD MØLLER: The Danish artist Sofie Bird Møller (b. 1974) is best known for the series Interferences and Interactions, which makes use of advertisements from exclusive fashion magazines and journalistic periodicals and posters, that have been exposed in the city spaces and have interacted with the passers-by. The posters and advertisements have been modified and painted over with precision and controlled spontaneity using a brush or her body, so that the female models appear evocative and abstract. Only the slightly crumpled surfaces of the posters reveal that they have been displayed in the urban space. This patina gives the works a raw look and is a quite deliberate device from the artist.
NICOLAI HOWALT: In the series Endings, Nicolai Howalt (b. 1970) has studied death in the form of the ashes that remain after the cremation of a human being. An investigation of how one quite specifically ends up after death. In the photographs of ashes one can experience a number of dust landscapes consisting of particles in black, white and grey-brown nuances. The particles form a distinctive substance and texture in the picture surface which is characteristic of all the photographs and creates a serial totality. But although the photographs function as a study and an abstraction of death, the viewer is not guided forward to a conclusion on what death is, or a sense of shock. The trace of death has been observed and presented – not exposed and furnished with interpretative directional signals.