Asger Gjerdevik selected exhibitions
Solo exhibition Driving home for Christmas at GL STRAND, 2019
"A 30-year-old Volvo 240 appears in a new and deconstructed form in the exhibition Driving Home for Christmas by the young danish artist Asger Harbou Gjerdevik. In spring 2019 he presents a series of new sculptures and paintings in a solo exhibition at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND.
The idea for the exhibition at Kunstforeningen GL STRAND came shortly after Gjerdevik was invited to do the exhibition. He could neither keep the 30-year
old, silver-grey Volvo 240 that he had inherited nor bring himself to scrap it, and he therefore decided to drive the car from England to the Danish Art Workshops
in Denmark. Here he took the car apart and deconstructed it, giving it new life as material for a series of new sculptures.
‘It is the tangible parts of the car that appear in my sculptures. I am not really interested in the engine. It is the gear stick, the glove compartment, the seat, the front, the bonnet, one of the wheels. It should be fun and surprising, while at the same time being something everyone is familiar with and can relate to’, says Asger Harbou Gjerdevik.
Movement is a keyword in Asger Harbou Gjerdevik’s new solo exhibition. From the outset Gjerdevik decided to create a dynamic exhibition in dialogue with
the elongated shape of the exhibition space, where the position and expression of the works encourage the visitor to move through the room. The sculptures will be positioned to ensure that each sculpture and car item relates to the car’s original functional circuit. Add to this a series of new paintings that will attract the attention of the visitor along and across the room."
Group Exhibition 'In Full Sunlight' Schwerin, Germany - November 2019 - January 2020
Works by the Danish artists Asger Harbou Gjerdevik, Frederik Næblerød and Lone Haugaard Madsen is on show at Kunstverein in Schwerin, Germany.
IN FULL SUNLIGHT presents contemporary positions from Denmark with the disparate manifestations of minimalist abstraction as well as variants of new figuration. The aim is not a superficial juxtaposition of these artistic approaches, but a reference to the covariance of structures, varieties and experimental fields within contemporary Danish art, which – especially in the compatibility of these simultaneous approaches – query the painting on its conditions and possibilities.
In his expressive paintings and drawings Frederik Næblerød takes a reference to social issues and the world of things – in a purposeful striking way: a fishing boat, a watering can, a bird. Not infrequently, the simplistic figurative representations, as well as his small-format sculptures, tilt over to the fantastic and grotesque.
On several levels, however, Asger Harbou Gjerdevik combines figurative content with abstract color elements and other materials on his large-format canvases in a collage-like overlay. Through the abundance of interrelated elements and partly scenic representations, he generates visual complexity and the suggestion of a narrative content.
KUNSTHALLE im E-Werk, Spieltordamm 5, 19055 Schwerin, Germany
Solo Exhibition 'DIVE' Alice Folker Gallery May - August 2018
There is a leap - a transformation - from sculpture models consisting of organic materials such as rope, cardboard and wax to the final unique bronze sculptures. The organic models are molded into a ceramic shell, after which fire is added to them ("lost wax technique"). It is unpredictable whether there will be remnants and traces of the original organic model and how it will be reflected. Each part of the process leaves traces that are forever preserved in the imperishable bronze. The imprint can be seen as archaeological marks that refers to different periods in the formation of sculptures.
Archaeology is also present in the exhibition title Dive. It refers to a detail in the archaeological monument Tomb of the Diver from about 430 BC, which was found in the city Paestum in 1968, which at that time belonged to Greece, but today is a part of southern Italy. It is until now the finest example of the Greek antiquity art’s fresco painting. The motive shows a man who throws himself off from a cliff to dive into the waves.
The leap that happens in a Dive is down and on deep water. It is isolation from
the world where the body is by itself in the exploring. Dive is an immersion. The plot represents the courage to jump into the uncertain while there may be a latent fear of the outcome.
Asger H. Gjerdevik's works can be characterized by his ability to combine it narrative and the visual. Both the oil paintings and the bronze sculptures are composed of quotes, and they have numerous levels both visually and intellectually. They are rich in visual depth and open several spaces. Asger tells stories and one can go exploring in his works. He treats themes such as loneliness, loss, desire and longing, but also humor and curiosity.
Asger H. Gjerdevik (b. 1986, Denmark) is educated from Central St. Martins in London, and in the spring of 2017 he graduated from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London.