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Johan Rosenmunthe

Johan Rosenmunthe currently lives and works in Copenhagen. His work spans from creating artists’ books to sculptural installations and performances. Also, the work of Rosenmunthe deals with potential energy, time, and archaeology.  

Rosenmunthe studied at the Fatamorgana, a Danish school of art photography in Copenhagen. And obtained his BA in Human Science at Roskilde University, Denmark. At this moment he is also the co-founder of curatorial collective and publishing house ‘Lodret Vandret’, exhibition space ‘New Shelter Plan’ and art book festival ‘One Thousand Books’.

‘Ever since childhood I’ve had a fascination for stones and objects that I feel are sacred. As a boy I was always collecting things, dismantling machines, finding the most essential part and walking around with it in my pocket. 

I almost worshipped that perfect object, the one that contained the spirit of whatever I’d taken apart. As a small child I collected stones and polished them with special tools. That interest has remained with me.


In my work, I’m interested in the point at which two tracks cross. One track is materials, their transformation, and our understanding of them over time, the changing histories and energies they can have as a result of human involvement. The second track is my interest in the physics of photography. 

My fascination for photography arose from an interest in the camera as a technical tool and in the whole technical set-up that surrounds photography. What happens in the darkroom? What kind of technical processes is going on there? Those are the questions that drew me in.’   — Johan Rosenmunthe.


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TS32339 

2013
Installation

(Citroën Xantia Stationcar, rope, cooking pots, paper, catalogs, cork)

Installation for the group exhibition Kunsten i Centret, curated by Markus von Platen inside Ballerup Shoppingcenter. All materials were found in the shopping center and adjoining parking lot and installed at two different locations in the shopping center for a month during normal service.


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Enlargements 

2011-2014
Exhibition and artist’s book

(archival pigment print (200 x 150 cm), poster prints (A1), framed inkjet prints (38×57 cm), Nexus CCTV surveillance system, 64 Hammershøj bricks, plasma monitor, wallpaper paste, tripods, mirror, laser level, chalk line)

Exhibition at Galleri Format, Malmö Sweden

In this installation, Johan Rosenmunthe utilizes an image taken from the Empire State Building down on the roofs of Manhattan. And shows printed crops and zooms into that single image. Part of the exhibited images are posters pasted directly to the wall, others are ‘framed installations’ of images. 

The master image is present but monitored by the Nexus CCTV 4-camera surveillance system along with other parts of the installation. The audience will partake in the surveillance of each other during the show.

64 Hammershøj building bricks placed directly on the preserved floor and functions as a support for a few frames. A laser level constantly confirms the position of bricks, posters, and a single frame. The laser line is extended by a line of chalk. All materials at the show are for sale.

Artist’s book published by JSBJ/Etudes in 2011: Élargissements.


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Hidden in Plain Sight 

2018
Solo exhibition

Lacuna Playback (limestone, aluminum, pigment print)

Object Echoes (various objects, resin, acrylic, Ytong)

Waiting for Osmosis (various objects, vitrines, oil, tonic, demineralized water, caffeine, acid, base, Ytong, vase, cups)

Overgaden. Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen


When we drink from a cup or kick a stone not many of us think about where they come from, why they look like they do, or what they may have experienced along the way. But perhaps the objects surrounding us have more to say about ourselves and our world than we think?

Questions like these are central to the art practice of Johan Rosenmunthe. He uses sculpture, performance, and installations to probe the relationship and the dynamics between human and non-human ways of being.

In the exhibition Hidden in Plain Sight, the artist pursues this trajectory, transforming the ground floor of Overgaden into an archaeological site for the speculative study of objects, memory, and time.

A leitmotif of the exhibition is Rosenmunthe’s hypothesis that objects absorb information from their surroundings through sound waves, hormones, shifts in temperature, etc. 

From this perspective, the extended limestone landscape in the first section of the exhibition becomes a data-packed source embodying the stories of million-year-old life forms, geological disruptions, industrialization, and the transportation of the material from the limestone quarry to the exhibition space. 

What if we could extract this knowledge? Inspired by scientific methods and the industrial domain this hypothesis develops in different ways in the works in the exhibition.

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In Waiting for Osmosis, for example, objects like toothbrushes, violin bows and a robotic arm are immersed in liquids of various colours in backlit glass vitrines with a glow of science fiction and alchemy. The liquid in one of the vitrines can even be tapped and drunk to create a bodily connection with the objects within it.

These speculative layers of the exhibition are coupled with an aesthetic exploration of ordinary materials and everyday articles, which thus become charged with new meaning. 

In a series of prints Rosenmunthe scans and juxtaposes objects we often fail to notice or value, but which are infused with a strange, compelling aura as a result of the artistic selection and transformation.

In one of the prints cables coil organically, and in another the bristles of a broom rise like artificial vegetation. A displaced view of the familiar can also be seen in Object Echoes. 

Here the artist has embedded objects like a slide mount and a control panel in plastic that has then been sliced to offer an unfamiliar perspective on the encased objects. In doing so the artist shifts focus from the function of the objects to the narratives implicit in their material composition and design and what these reveal about contemporary life, much like the discovery of a tool from the Iron Age.

With Hidden in Plain Sight Rosenmunthe highlights the way our material surroundings form part of cyclical processes of change at the physical level and level of meaning, both of which are closely intertwined with human existence.

The invitation is to reach a deeper understanding of objects and the world of materials, which as the exhibition title implies can expose overlooked aspects of our lives that are right in front of us – embedded in matter.

Supported by:
The Danish Arts Foundation
The Danish Art Workshops
Knud Højgaards Fond
Den Hielmstierne-Rosencroneske Stiftelse
Ragnvald og Ida Blix’ Fond
The City of Copenhagen


Some photos by Anders Sune Berg

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Jeremy DePrez

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Contemporary American artist Jeremy DePrez develops paintings through attempts to momentarily experience and analyze articles collected from his immediate environment. 

To build up a visual and material history within each painting DePrez imposes humor, self-described awkwardness, and a variety of painterly strategies. Moreover, these impositions encourage the formation of irregularly shaped paintings. His works are overlapping and informing one another in a way that transcends their source’s objectivity and moves them into a more allegorical space.


    

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📣 ESC — Open Call

Today, the time has changed.

Nothing will be the same.

Technology and nature need to find their way to exist in harmony.

Of course, it feels as usual systems and measures, economy, government, education, health care, and etc. have failed us, but we failed too. We have created our current reality by following the system. This system neither can support or protect all of us in crisis situations.

While the world chases the money and oil, art galleries claim to decide on ‘what is art?’ we can create our own rules. Besides for getting our message across or to be heard, we do not need to be exhibited in a gallery space anymore. From now on we can help people to open their eyes and broaden perception distantly — digitally.

So now it’s time to propose a new approach to perceiving, measuring and understanding the world through art and in general. Therefore as artists, we can create hope, offer solutions and visions for a better future ourselves.

In fact, VVOVVA believes that art defines itself when it is made. Thus everyone is an artist…

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Gioele Amaro

Contemporary artist Gioele Amaro is based in Paris. 

As Amaro is a digital painter, his studio in St. Germain exists without any colors, paint or brushes. In fact, his big scale works are painted with ink on canvas.

Amaro draws inspiration from the titans of art: ‘Clyfford still is my dad, Munch my Grandpa and Warhol my mum.’, he says.

To create one work he usually uses 3 to 5 images to find the right colors, composition, concept, etc. Primary Amaro with his work investigates distorted reality that evokes emotions.

‘In the army of the selfie, I’m a proud soldier. I take pictures that are not a reflection of real life. We filter to project an ideal. A distorted projection. This is exactly what I do when I project myself in front of a cold surface like steel. Is the truth in the context?’