Form Matters


Picture 599

Gitte Schäfer,Erla, 2007
Wooden frames
45 x 41,5 x 16 cm

Form Matters is an exhibition on New Formalism in contemporary art. The participating artists AVPD (DK), Maiken Bent (DK), Knut Henrik Henriksen (NO), Ferdinand Krag (DK), Eline McGeorge (NO), Simon Dybbroe Møller (DK), Ruth Proctor (UK), Bernd Ribbeck (DE) and Gitte Schäfer (DE) present objects, paintings, drawings, photography and film. The exhibition opens May 11th 6 pm until midnight and ends July 14th 2007.

Formalism is a vague concept. The term is used on both Conceptual Art, Constructivism, Suprematism, Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, Colour Field painting, Minimalism and Cubism. It is actually easier to say what it is not. Formalism is normally not perceived as contextual, political, narrative or documentary art – a kind of art which especially dominated the international art scene in the 1990s. The 1990s was the decade of the Relational Aesthetics and the proces, the social intervention, the immaterial and the performative work received great attention. Video and photography based works ’returned to the real’ as documentaries and in the beginning of this century, the figurative Leipzig painting has been one of the main focus points of the art scene.

New Formalism is the opposite. Still more young artists are interested in a formal, aesthetic and conceptual approach to the art object. Concerned by basic aspects like colour, line, space and form which are rather classical approaches to art. New formalism manifests itself in a cool, conceptual, rational and abstract expression. Its content relates to the aesthetic experiences of Modernism through irony, humor, nostalgia,metaphysics, admiration, and melancholy, to name a few. A cool expression with an emotional content. It seems more hermetic than the figurative art, but loaded with references, stories, humour and critique right beneath the surface. Formalism is far from lacking content. It is re-writing and re-thinking the traditional philosophies and forms of Modernism. And vice versa: simultaneously an invitation to look at art history from a new perspective.

The participating artists are interested in the relation between spatiality and surface and the characteristics of different media. They refer to Cubism, Constructivism, Neue Sachlichkeit, Op Art, Colour Field painting, Psychedelic art and Minimalism. And they are inspired by architecture, design, music, furniture, science fiction, ball room dancing, Amish quilts and Swiss tax legislation on weekend chalets.

The exhibition will be celebrated in the courtyard. Konvoj presents grilled lamb, mint drinks, cold beer, sound system and dj’s


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